Canadian Institute of Mining Annual Virtual Convention CIM 2021

PTAG’s, Feroz Ashraf has been invited by Canadian Institute of Mining to present at their upcoming May 3rd virtual annual convention CIM 2021 on two topics: “The Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices to Minimize Project Risk” and “How to Plan and Execute Capital Projects in Volatile and Uncertain Times.”

Feroz will walk you through a direct and to-the-point presentation providing practical step-by-step approaches and validated examples. You will get a chance to engage with Feroz in the post-presentation Q&A session and to network with him at this virtual convention. This four-day event will have many thought leaders and keynote speakers presenting CIM community’s best content.

The presentations will focus on below key areas:

  • Challenges faced by the Mining Industry during Covid-19 and in general.
  • Top reasons why projects go off-track.
  • Front-End Planning – what, why, how? and Leveraging Industry Best Practices.
  • Rigorous staged-gate process to minimize project risks.
  • Learn how and when to use Construction Industry Institute (CII) Front-End Planning tools, such as the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) to determine the “state of readiness” and “maturity level” of your project to assure better outcomes.
  • Review how to assess the Project Complexity Index and Maturity Levels– and to adapt the Execution Plan accordingly to optimize the contracting strategy and minimize execution risk.
  • Determine why Initial Project Set-up and a focussed List of Deliverables are important for team alignment.
  • Review why consistent Project Controls and Risk Analysis methodology is critical.
  • Learn how a simplified, interactive Project Management & Project Controls Handbook – is a key to Project Management and Delivery Success.
  • Look into Integrated Project Management Structure and Systems – I2PD for enhanced risk-sharing and collaboration.
  • Understand why an Integrated Project Execution Plan (IPEP) is a roadmap to success.

Find out more about the event here: The Experience (cim.org)

CII Contract Strategy Virtual Summit

Our thought leaders Bruce Burwell & Michael Dubreuil will be featured subject matter experts on May 25th and the 26th as the Construction Industry Institute (CII) present their first-ever Contract Strategy Virtual Summit, focused on exploration of – and recommendations around – traditional and collaborative contracting models for the construction project owner and their contractors and suppliers.

Find out more here: http://go.cii.today/contractsummit

Webinar Recap – Mar 30th: Using Technology and Industry Best Practices to Achieve Real-time Progressing

Listen in to this video recap, as Bob Brown, PTAG’s Partner for Project Management Information Systems, delivers this direct and to the point session providing practical and validated examples pertinent to Using Technology and Industry Best Practices to Achieve Real-time Progressing.

This is the recap video recording of the webinar which was originally recorded on March 30, 2021.

For more Session detail, please visit:
www.PTAGinc.com/webinars

Projects across every industry are shifting towards digital data collection to provide real-time information. The global pandemic has increased this need and pushed for rapid adoption.

Careful data analysis is crucial for projects to truly understand performance. But the analysis is only as good as the data that is in the system. If a project is dealing with a two-day delay before paper reports are entered into a system, they are not making informed decisions. When a project manager leverages technology to capture data at the workface, they have the ability to address problems before they arise. This insight is increasingly valuable when coupled with analytical benchmarking, which allows projects to compare themselves with their peers and competitors.

Bob discusses how leveraging technology and best practices lead to faster decision making and project performance improvement. Addressing data collection at the workface, using systems to provide meaningful insights, dealing with multiple shifts data, mitigating COVID-19 impacts, and reducing rework.

Join PTAG to discuss how leveraging technology and best practices lead to faster decision making and project performance improvement.
  • Addressing data collection at the workface
  • Systems to provide meaningful insights
  • Dealing with multiple shifts data
  • Mitigating COVID-19 impacts
  • Reducing rework

Interested in downloading the slide deck? Click here for Direct Download

Webinar: Using Technology and Industry Best Practices to Achieve Real-time Progressing

Join Bob Brown, PTAG’s Partner for Project Management Information Systems, for this direct and to the point session providing practical and validated examples pertinent to Using Technology and Industry Best Practices to Achieve Real-time Progressing.

March 30th, 2021
10am PST / 11am MST / 12 noon CST / 1pm EST
> Click here to view the recorded webinar re-cap <

Projects across every industry are shifting towards digital data collection to provide real-time information. The global pandemic has increased this need and pushed for rapid adoption.


Careful data analysis is crucial for projects to truly understand performance. But the analysis is only as good as the data that is in the system. If a project is dealing with a two-day delay before paper reports are entered into a system, they are not making informed decisions. When a project manager leverages technology to capture data at the workface, they have the ability to address problems before they arise. This insight is increasingly valuable when coupled with analytical benchmarking, which allows projects to compare themselves with their peers and competitors.

Bob will discuss how leveraging technology and best practices lead to faster decision making and project performance improvement. Addressing data collection at the workface, using systems to provide meaningful insights, dealing with multiple shifts data, mitigating COVID-19 impacts, and reducing rework.

Join PTAG to discuss how leveraging technology and best practices lead to faster decision making and project performance improvement.
  • Addressing data collection at the workface
  • Systems to provide meaningful insights
  • Dealing with multiple shifts data
  • Mitigating COVID-19 impacts
  • Reducing rework

Video Recap – Nov 19th encore webinar Force Majeure Management with updated content.

PTAG’s Managing Director, Michael Dubreuil, will present an updated, encore webinar on Force Majeure ManagementDuring COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery.
[originally recorded November 19, 2020]

The New Normal requires “new ways” of operating that requires all parties; Owners, Consultants, Contractors, Engineers, and Equipment Suppliers to find new and innovative ways of optimizing cost and schedule to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and work towards a sustainable recovery.

Excusing a party from its contractual obligations for a force majeure event is the exception. “Contract liability is strict liability. It is an accepted maxim that pacta sunt servanda, contracts are to be kept.

This discussion explores three fundamental methods to help ensure that as projects resume – the threats to safety, quality schedule and cost are minimized and opportunities for improvements in each of these core areas are explored and realized.

These methods are:

  • Transparent Communications
  • Collaboration and Integration
  • Rigorous Change Management

Video Recap – Nov 17th Webinar – How to Plan and Execute Capital Projects in Volatile and Uncertain times.

Originally Recorded on November 17th, 2020

Join PTAG’s Gulf Coast General Manager Steven K. Hillyard, and principals Feroz Ashraf and Michael Dubreuil for a special 90min webinar on How to plan and execute Capital Projects in volatile and uncertain times. This extended 90min webinar will be direct and to the point providing practical and validated examples pertinent to planning and restarting your capital projects.

Throughout the United States and Canada, most capital project budgets have been cut. With few exceptions, no region has gone untouched by the impact that COVID has had on those of us working on capital projects.

The need to maintain existing facilities still exists. Capital spend is still needed to maintain operability, safety, and capacity. Commodity demand is still increasing.

Project teams have been reduced by 30% or more. Across the board our clients are seeing increases in material and equipment costs due to COVID, with continued commodity price volatility driving new behaviours.

Projects are experiencing significant productivity impacts due to the new normal COVID working conditions, as well as increasing pressure and social license related to climate change.

Our panel of seasoned capital project practitioners will walk through these issues with practical step by step approaches and strategies covering delivery models, best practices in detail for both the Planning and Execution phases of new projects and refurbishments.

Our webinar sessions are part of PTAG’s ongoing webinar series on Best Practises in Project Management & Project Controls. PTAG works with sustaining and capital projects owners around the world and is passionate about ensuring the successful delivery of every project, especially in today’s volatile and uncertain conditions.

Webinar Recap – (Session 2) The Importance of Front-End Planning Leveraging Industry Best Practices

Listen in to this PART TWO video recap, as PTAG principals Feroz Ashraf and Michael Dubreuil deliver a brief 1hr online webinar on the Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices for Project Management.

This is the recap video recording of Session Two which was originally recorded September 29, 2020.

Session 2’s Agenda:

  • Value Engineering (Value Planning) a FEP Best Practice
  • Project Delivery and Contracting Strategy (PDCS) – Selected in FEP
  • Integrated Project Execution Plan (IPEP) – a roadmap to success
  • Rigorous Project Controls are Critical
  • Risk Analysis Methodology a key part of Front-End Planning
  • More about, Interactive Project Management & Controls Handbook – a key to Project Management and Delivery Success

Session One recap can be found here.

For more Session detail, please visit:
www.PTAGinc.com/webinars

Globally, an increased focus on health, safety, environmental, and regulatory requirements is impacting project costs, all while the pressure to maintain project objectives to meet tighter budgets, schedules and quality requirements exists. It is becoming imperative to rigorously plan and define the projects well, the ability to do so is defining company and project teams success
Join us, as Senior PTAG practitioners walk you through practical step by step approaches and strategies covering the following topics:

These sessions are part of PTAG’s ongoing webinar series on Best Practises in Project Management & Project Controls. PTAG works with sustaining and capital projects owners around the world and is passionate about ensuring the successful delivery of every project, especially in this ever growing complex and uncertain environment.

We look forward to you attending one or both sessions. Registration ensures you will get access to post-session Q&A and Video recap, even if you are unable to miss one of the sessions.

Interested in downloading the slide deck? Click here for Direct Download.

Webinar Recap – (Session 1) The Importance of Front-End Planning Leveraging Industry Best Practices

Listen in to this video recap, as PTAG principals Feroz Ashraf and Michael Dubreuil deliver a brief 1hr online webinar on the Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices for Project Management.

This is the recap video recording of Session One which was originally recorded September 22, 2020.

Session 1’s Agenda:

  • Top reasons why projects go off-track
  • Failure as an Industry to Perform and Deliver Projects
  • Front-End Planning – what, why, how ?
  • Leveraging Industry Best Practices
  • Why a Disciplined Stage-Gate Process is Critical
  • Project Set-up / Project Management and Project Controls Handbook
  • Example of Project Complexity Model and Project Delivery Model (PTAG tools)
  • Why Defining Proper List of Deliverables and Execution Plan important

Session Two Slide Deck and Video Recap can be found here.

For more Session detail, please visit:
www.PTAGinc.com/webinars

Globally, an increased focus on health, safety, environmental, and regulatory requirements is impacting project costs, all while the pressure to maintain project objectives to meet tighter budgets, schedules and quality requirements exists. It is becoming imperative to rigorously plan and define the projects well, the ability to do so is defining company and project teams success
Join us, as Senior PTAG practitioners walk you through practical step by step approaches and strategies covering the following topics:

These sessions are part of PTAG’s ongoing webinar series on Best Practises in Project Management & Project Controls. PTAG works with sustaining and capital projects owners around the world and is passionate about ensuring the successful delivery of every project, especially in this ever growing complex and uncertain environment.

We look forward to you attending one or both sessions. Registration ensures you will get access to post-session Q&A and Video recap, even if you are unable to miss one of the sessions.

Interested in downloading the slide deck? Click here for Direct Download.

Sign-up Open: The Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices

Join Feroz Ashraf and Michael Dubreuil for a two-part Webinar. Each 1hr session will be direct and to the point providing practical and validated examples on the Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices.

Click here to Register:

Globally, an increased focus on health, safety, environmental, and regulatory requirements is impacting project costs, all while the pressure to maintain project objectives to meet tighter budgets, schedules and quality requirements exists. It is becoming imperative to rigorously plan and define the projects well.  The ability to do so is defining company and project teams success

Join us, as Senior PTAG practitioners walk you through practical step by step approaches and strategies covering the following topics:

Session One – 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, September 22nd:

  1. Understand the top 8 reasons why projects go off-track
  2. Examine how Front-End Planning and a rigorous staged-gate process is crucial
  3. Learn how and when to use Construction Industry Institute (CII) Front-End Planning tools, such as the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) to determine the “state of readiness” and “maturity level” of your project.
  4. Review how to assess the Project Complexity Index and Maturity Levels– and to adapt the Execution Plan accordingly
  5. Determine why Initial Project Set-up, Team Alignment and a focussed List of Deliverables are important

Session Two – 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, September 29th (will build on our first session)

  1. Review why a consistent Project Controls and Risk Analysis methodology is critical
  2. Learn how a simplified, interactive Project Management & Project Controls Handbook – is a key to Project Management and Delivery Success
  3. Quick review of Value Engineering and Value Improvement Practices
  4. Look into Integrated Project Management Structure and Systems – I2PD
  5. Understand why an Integrated Project Execution Plan (IPEP) is a roadmap to success
  6. Bring it all together, the PTAG Playbook for successful project execution.

These sessions are part of PTAG’s ongoing webinar series on Best Practises in Project Management & Project Controls. PTAG works with sustaining and capital projects owners around the world and is passionate about ensuring the successful delivery of every project, especially in this ever growing complex and uncertain environment.

PTAG Presentation on I2PD for the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Conference hosted by OCNI

In this webinar recap, join Bruce Burwell as he presents at the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Conference hosted by OCNI on Industrial Integrated Project Delivery (I2PD).

I2PD is defined as the balancing of nine principles to promote team collaboration and integration of work processes and systems.

COMMERCIAL IPD -Collaboration Principles

1.Continuous Communication and Issue Resolution Process

2.Jointly Developed and Validated Targets

3.Access to Shared Information Systems

4.Early Involvement of Stakeholders

5.Collaborative and Equitable Decision Making

ALLIANCING – Integration Principles

6.Financial Transparency among Key Participants

7.Shared Risk and Reward

8.Relational Contracting, Multi-party Agreement

9.Negotiated Risk Distribution