Professional Certificate Program
To improve project outcomes, along with the need to address a potential shortage in skilled workers, owners and contractors are looking to modernize construction. This includes the use of industrialized manufacturing strategies such as automation, standardization and modularization, enabled by digital technology.
The ability to effectively deploy these emerging technologies results in significant cost and schedule reductions, enhanced quality and reduced risk of EH&S incidents. This enables projects to be completed on time and on budget, producing revenue faster. It brings operational discipline to megaprojects, with better control of work execution and resource allocation (capacity, inventory, use of space). Not only can multi-billion-dollar project overruns be eliminated, but the underlying costs can be reduced by 10-30 percent.
So that owners and contractors can benefit from these emerging practices and technologies, Texas A&M’s Construction Sciences Department, in partnership with the Project Production Institute, is offering education and certification in Project Production Management (PPM) and its enabling digital technologies.
Journey To Certification
The journey to Project Production Management (PPM) certification consists of interactive, hands-on classroom education taught by experts in the field of construction and PPM.
Introduction To PPM
The program commences with a two-day introduction to PPM followed by three specialty courses. Participants can elect to attend the Introduction to PPM course only and receive a certificate of participation.
To develop deeper understanding and capability in PPM, participants can choose one, two or all three areas of specialty, with courses focused on Production System Optimization (PSO), Project Production Control (PPC) or Supply Flow Control (SFC). Participants may receive a certificate of knowledge upon passing an examination at the end of any specialty course.
The specialty courses commence with classroom education and will be augmented with a Capstone Project, in which participants implement their chosen area of focus on an actual project within their organization over 6-12 months with mentoring. Successful completion of the capstone project results in the participant achieving a certificate of competency for their chosen area of specialty (PSO, PPC or SFC).
If a participant elects to take all specialty courses and secures the respective competency certificates through capstone project work, they then qualify to receive a PPM Master Certificate. Texas A&M’s Department of Continuing and Professional Education will issue IACET-certified Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for all courses.
Introduction To Project Production Management
Understanding that projects are unrecognized production systems, and that they can be modeled, optimized and controlled as such, enables companies to identify opportunities to improve both cost and schedule performance on projects.
The Introduction to PPM module forms the foundation to understand fundamental production management concepts and principles. Participation in this course is required in order to enroll in the other courses.
- Recognize the gap in the current approach and why this gap exists
- Understand differences between Advanced Work Packaging, Lean Construction, Project Management and Project Production Management
- Understand project production framework including the Five Levers of Optimization
- Gain awareness of fundamental Operations Science relationships and their application to construction projects
- Explore case examples (PSO, PPC/CAPE, SFC)
- Identify opportunities for application of PPM in participant’s own company
WHEN: September 14 -15, 2021
WHERE: Texas A&M Mays Business School CityCentre, Houston, TX
TIME: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Production System Optimization
Achieving project objectives requires an understanding of how to design and deploy production aspects of a construction project (engineer, fabricate, construct) of a construction project. Specifically, understanding and determining how and where best to do the work including when to assemble offsite versus onsite, and when / if automated tooling will provide return on investment, is critical for project success.
- Identify and define a production system
- Map and model a production system
- Simulate, analyze and optimize a production system
- How to deploy an optimized production system (case examples)
- Develop a proposal/plan for certification
Project Production Control
Establishing predictable, repeatable control of construction project tasks for both physical and knowledge work is vital to successful project delivery. Project Production Control (PPC) enables project teams in the field or in the office to effectively monitor and control execution of work.
- Understand difference between project controls and production control
- Comprehend application of production-based scheduling (DES, LRM, DRS)
- Define and use standard work, standard processes, Computer-Aided Production Engineering and CONWIP
- Understand effective means of scheduling and controlling
- Utilize analytics-based continuous improvement
- Learn how to effectively implement PPC
- Develop a proposal/plan for certification
Supply Flow Control
The effectiveness of which fabrication and delivery of materials is managed is a major factor in performance of construction projects. If materials are made or delivered too early, unnecessary cost, use of cash and risk increases. If made and delivered too late, labor stands idle, increasing cost and duration. During this course, participants will gain understanding of modern supply chain practices and technology along with how effectively deploy them on a construction project.
- Identify and define supply flow
- Map supply flows including supplier visits when necessary and determine associated characteristics (ETO, MTO, MTS)
- Identify and select monitoring/control points, associated protocols and policies
- Select and deploy enabling technology
- Understand how to use analytics to maintain optimal control and improve performance
Once a participant has gained deeper knowledge via classroom education, they have the option to focus on a Capstone Project, in which a participant implements their chosen area of focus on an actual project within their organization over 6-12 months with mentoring. Successful completion of the Capstone Project results in the participant achieving a certificate of competency for their chosen area of specialty (PSO, PPC or SFC).
If a participant elects to take all specialty courses and secures the respective competency certificates through Capstone Project work, they then qualify to receive a PPM Master Certificate. Texas A&M’s Department of Continuing and Professional Education will issue IACET-certified Continuing Education Units (CEU) for all courses.
Two-Day Courses ($1,500 per course)
- Introduction to PPM (required)
- Choose from the following course options:
Capstone Project Work with Mentoring ($6,500)
- Direct Project Impact
- Six to Twelve Months
- Certificate of Competency