Project Management Standards in Construction Conference, 31.05.2012
We are proud to announce that Jimmy Char (PMP®) President SKILLS and Stefan Malinowski (MSc, PMP®) Project Manager SKILLS were speakers in the first PMI® based conference in Macedonia – Project Management Standards in Construction. The conference took place on 31st May 2012 in Skopje and was held in the Amphitheater of the Faculty for Civil Engineering. More than 80 people attended – practitioners, students, faculty members.
Organizers were the Faculty for Civil Engineering in Skopje, Chamber of Authorized Architects and Engineers of Republic of Macedonia, ECS and SKILLS.
Project Management Standards in Construction was a full-day event covering various PMI® awareness presentations. Practitioners from the Bulgarian and international project management and construction fields were invited to share their experiences in managing large and complex projects.
The conference was opened by Mr. Milorad Jovanovski (PhD) the Dean of the Faculty for Civil Engineering, Mr. Mile Stankovski (PhD) Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies and member of the Board of the Chamber of Authorized Architects and Engineers of Republic of Macedonia. Their welcoming speeches were followed by a short overview of the project management in the Macedonian construction industry presented by Mrs. Valentina Pancovska (PhD) faculty for civil engineering.
The first awareness presentation was delivered by Mr. Char who spoke about the World of PMI®. In his presentation he heavily emphasized on the major contribution of PMI® towards the global development of the project management profession. He urged all participants to get involved with PMI® in order to be able to professionally grow and enhance their project management skills. Mr. Char ended his presentation describing the different standards that contributed to the improvement of the international practices in managing projects.
Mr. Malinowski introduced the audience to the best-practices in project management. He talked about the difference between frameworks and methodologies, the 5 project process groups, the 9 knowledge areas and the 42 processes, as defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). In the last part of his presentation he talked about the benefits to the construction industry projects when applying the PMBOK® Guide and its Construction Extension that contains the 4 additional specific knowledge areas.
The first afternoon session was opened by Mrs. Dotchka Vassileva (MSc CEng, EUR ING) Managing Director of DL Management Ltd. Her presentation was about Management of Construction Claims. Mrs. Vassileva presented a case study from her professional experience in line with the theory behind Project Claim Management, one of the 4 additional knowledge areas in Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide. Her presentation also talked about the Contract Management directives developed by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and their relation to the PMBOK®.
The last session was Construction Safety Management and was presented by Mr. Milcho Mironov (MSc CEng) CEO Engineering of Galchev Engineering Group. Òhe topic was in line with Project Safety Management, also one of the 4 additional knowledge areas in Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide. He professionally combined the theory and practice and with the many real-life and on-site photos he took the conference participants to the sites of several construction projects that he managed and showed what is acceptable in terms of safety management and what is not.
The conference was closed by Mr. Vasko Pavloski, General Manager of ECS and the Dean of the Faculty for Civil Engineering. Mr. Pavloski pointed out that PMI® can contribute greatly for the development of the Macedonian project management industry and urged people to get involved in the process for the establishment of the local chapter. The conference then moved to the networking cocktail, during which participants and speakers talked about various subjects in the project management and construction industries and exchanged business cards.
The audience was delighted and impressed by the professionalism of the presentations and the knowledge delivered by the speakers. The participants expressed their satisfaction as in the evaluation feedback survey, as well as during the side discussions.