One day Training Program on “Construction Project Management”
NIQR Chennai Branch organised a one day training program on “Construction Project Management” on 9th April 2016 at Hotel Radha Regent, Chennai. This is the second program, NIQR is organising in non-auto industry after the training program in Cement Industry in November 2014.
Mr. S. Kavinkumar, an M Tech from IIT Madras and Director of EPMCR, an IIT Madras-incubated company that specializes in construction methods, management and related services was the resource faculty. There were 23 participants from 11 organisations.
Mr. C. V. Gowri Sankar, Secretary - NIQR Chennai Branch welcomed the participants and briefed them about NIQR and its activities and asked the participants to concentrate on the waste generation and its prevention to improve profitability. Mr. S. Rajasekaran, Chairman - NIQR Chennai Branch inaugurated the program and touched upon the technical advances made in auto parts manufacturing sector in the last 3 decades and wanted the construction industry also to emulate it. In his keynote address, Mr. Ramakrishnan, M D of Harmony Homes commended NIQR for focusing on this field and wanted the participants to concentrate on the nuances of project management as the trend is fast catching up with other industries like IT, Medical, etc.
The faculty started the session with the question whether Project Management is an art or science. Even though it resembles an art, Mr. Kavin explained how it is made a science by today’s demands. He elaborated on the features of Project Management from ‘resources to end results’.
He explained the 5 Phases of a project, namely Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing and elaborated on the requirements of each phase in today’s construction Industry.
Two case studies were presented by his deputies. Mr. Jerry Joykutty presented a Case Study on Factory Reduction at a Heavy Equipment & Machinery Manufacturing Facility - Modification of Production Plant to a Warehouse.
Mr. T. Unnikrishnan presented a Case Study on Expansion Project at a Battery Manufacturing Facility.
Both Case Studies mainly focused on applying Project Management Principles in the Proposed Projects.
Mr. G. Rangarajan, National Secretary, NIQR National Body presided over the valedictory function and presented the Certificates to the participants.
The feedbacks from the participants were very encouraging and wanted NIQR to organize more such programs which would hone their skills for effective Project Management.