By - Jon Brown

Utility Capital Project Management
June 23-24, 2016 | San Diego, CA

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One factor directly affecting the stability and growth of a utility is the efficient use of capital budgets. The utilization of effective project management principles will ensure that projects are finished on time and on budget. The methods taught in this course will provide project managers with tools and strategies to obtain greater control over all aspects of a projects life cycle.

This course is designed to provide project stakeholders ranging from executives, estimating operations, marketing, accounting, engineering, project management office staff and field and support personnel with project management best practices that can be applied to utility capital projects from the utility project owner perspective. The best practices will be broken out into five phases:  Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution, Project Monitoring and Control and Project Close out. The course will focus on the project planning phase, and the development and utilization of an effective project management plan. For each phase the course will address tools and techniques that will help attendees integrate best practices into their future projects.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals across an organization seeking to obtain an understanding of the best practices of Project management and how they can be applied to Utility capital projects.  The course earns IACET authorized CEUs that are valid with PMI.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze best practices associated with major phases of the capital project life cycle
  • Identify the major elements of a best practice project management plan
  • Review the project negotiation process
  • Interpret and apply risk management processes
  • Review a project management plan
  • Discuss project monitoring and control processes
  • Explain project closeout


Thursday, June 23, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1. Project Initiation
  • Introduction to project management
  • Project charter development
  • Project stakeholders
2. Project Planning
  • Development of project management plan (and how to use it)
    • Contents of a good project management plan
      • Review of a project management plan
      • Group exercise on project management plan
  • Project Scope
    • Identification of scope and scope creep
  • WBS
    • Using the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to manage the triple constraint
  • Schedule development
    • Basics of schedule development
    • Scheduling activity
    • Resource planning/duration/estimation
  • Cost estimation
    • Estimate types
    • Project budgets
  • Quality
    • Quality planning


Friday, June 24, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

2. Project Planning continued
  • Communication
    • Effective meeting management
    • Stakeholder management
    • Communication management plan
    • Communication matrix
  • Risk
    • Management
    • Planning
    • Analysis
    • Group exercise, risk management
3. Project Execution
  • Contract administration
  • Working in teams
    • Roles and responsibilities
4. Project Monitoring and Control
  • Change management
  • Scope control
  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
    • Earned value
  • Quality control
  • Risk control
  • Performance reporting
    • KPI’s
5. Project Close out
  • Wrapping up documentation


James F. Kuiken, PMP, Program Manager, Leidos

Mr. Kuiken has five years of experience as a mechanical engineer and ten years of experience as a project/program integration manager, responsible for leading engineering design teams. He leads the Power Delivery Services Project Management Office for Leidos.  He provides contract administration, requirements development, scope and schedule development, project planning, project budgeting and controls, engineering, consulting, management, and design services for complex system, multiphase projects. His previous experience has included project management of a variety of power delivery projects with substation, transmission, distribution, and smart grid projects for municipal, commercial, and federal entities. Mr. Kuiken received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and earned his M.S. in Product Development from the University of Detroit Mercy.

James F. Hannigan, P.M.P., P.E., Project Manager, Leidos

Mr. Hannigan is a civil structural engineer with ten years of experience in transmission line engineering and project management. He has been the project manager on a variety of projects throughout their entire lifecycle responsible for scope development, project estimating and budgeting, schedule development and tracking, permit acquisition, procurement of materials, and project closeout. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering as well as his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

Virginia Purvis, Senior Electrical Engineer, City of Fort Collins Utilities

Virginia Purvis has over twenty years of experience working with Public Utilities as well as a large Multi-National IT Company.  Virginia has managed projects from the investigation stage through deployment. She has expertise in end-to-end business planning and execution; leading technical R&D teams, budgeting, scheduling and issue tracking and instituting change management improvements. She has managed program teams in overseeing work elements as well as defining the structure of technical and service divisions. Ms. Purvis received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.


SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront
900 Bafront Ct
San Diego, CA 92101

To reserve your room, please call 1-619-831-0224 or reserve a room online

Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.


The room rate is $209.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.


A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 22 – 23, 2016.


Make your reservations prior to May 22, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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