Short Courses and Conferences

Excellence in Project Management for the Energy Industry

Safer, Better, Faster, and Cost Efficient Projects

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Dates for the next session of this course have not been determined.

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Course Description

Excellence in Project Management for the Energy Industry is a 3-day practical course with workshops that enables project teams to achieve world-class project performance and thereby improve profitability of the company.

Industry benchmarking has shown a big gap in cost, schedule and operability between best and worst projects with a major impact on the total cost of ownership over the life of the asset.  In today's competitive business environment this can mean a difference between a profitable company and the one that becomes a takeover target.

This course has been designed to address management of limited and scarce capital resources for consistent world-class project performance.  It begins with a project development and execution process and describes activities, deliverables and organization required to effectively manage these projects.  Emphasis is placed on front-end loading where a multi-functional team defines and freezes the scope of work prior to full funding.

Value improving and best practices which help optimize cost, schedule and operability of any project are presented.  Decision and risk analysis tools help the project team in selecting the right project.  Project execution planning is a tool for strategic planning: a means to get all parties involved in a project to work as a team in order to plan and make decisions that will determine the project's degree of success.  Practices such as value engineering, constructability and others come up with creative alternatives to positively impact project outcome.

Total cost management addresses topics such as economic analysis, cost estimating, planning/scheduling, contracting/procurement, performance measurement, cost control/forecasting and progress reporting. 

Practical workshops and interactive discussions are vital elements of the course.  Participants will be assigned to teams and will work on real life case studies.  The overall goal of this course is to provide you with all the tools for world-class project performance.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals involved in planning, coordination, and execution of capital projects. It is especially valuable for capital program managers, project sponsors, project engineers and managers, and middle managers responsible for approving capital expenditures in the corporation. Operations, maintenance, and construction engineers and managers responsible for supporting capital projects will also find this course to be of great value.

Continuing Education Credit

The Colorado School of Mines will award 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of the 3-day course.

Course Director

The knowledge that the instructor brought to this course was astounding. He had real-life experience, and the content he presented was worth its weight in gold.

Joel Dill
Bonanza Creek Energy

Dr. Nick Lavingia has over 35 years of global project engineering, management, consulting and training experience in the energy industry. As a Project Manager and Project Management Consultant/Advisor at Chevron until 2013, he supported projects worth well over $ 100 billion. Learn more...

SPACE recently hosted a webinar in which Dr. Nick Lavingia presented an overview of the "Excellence in Project Management for the Energy Industry" professional development course. An excerpt from that webinar is available; just click or tap the image at the left to view.

Runtime: 2 minutes and 47 seconds

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Course Outline

An outline of the course content is available on this website. Learn more...


The course will be taught on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA. Learn more...

Fees and Registration

Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further Technical Information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Nick Lavingia
Project Management Consultant and Advisor

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