November 16, 2018


104 Midmont Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Contact Hours



The University of Virginia invites you to attend a workshop on risk management principles and how they are applied to construction projects at the Virginia Department of Transportation. This workshop teaches participants how to use basic risk principles and methodologies that can be applied to any application or program. The course will review specific VDOT construction project applications, examples, and benefits. Topics covered will include group exercises, partnering principles & values, the importance of communications, trust, and issue resolution, identifying project risks, barriers to progress, developing project surveys, risk mitigation plans, performance metrics, project charters, and various other components. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to better identify situations that arise over conflict and be prepared to resolve these issues more quickly on the job. Participants will be provided with a booklet and electronic files of all workshop material, and access to tables, spreadsheets, and databases that may aid them in properly partnering projects.


9:00 am: Registration and Course Introductions (Continental Breakfast)

9:15 am: Purpose/Background (Examples, Benefits, Group Exercise)

10:00 am: Partnering Principles & Values (Trust, Teamwork, Communication, Motivation, Empowerment, Issue Resolution)

10:30 am: Partnering & Risk Management Process Overview

(Policies, Stakeholders, Mutual Goals & Expectations, Roles & Responsibilities)

12:00 pm: Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm: Partnering Kick-off Workshop Ingredients (Mission Statements, Potential Barriers/Issues, Decision Making & Communications Processes, Identifying & Mitigating Risks, Charters, Performance Metrics)

2:45 pm: Measuring Partnering Effectiveness (Use of Surveys, Project Rating Forms)

3:15 pm: Identifying Potential Partnering Opportunities

(Group Exercise)

3:30 pm: Course Q&A’s, Wrap-up

4:00 pm: Adjourn


George P. Gardner

George P. Gardner, P.E., CMC is currently a Senior Construction Engineer in the Central Office – Construction Division at VDOT.  George has also held several other leadership roles at VDOT including the Strategic Planning Manager, Staff Planning Manager, and Senior Policy and Planning Analyst positions.  Overall, George has close to thirty years of experience in engineering, program/project management, production/distribution management, policy and legislative analysis, partnering/risk management, strategic planning, and process analysis/improvement leadership positions in the private sector, as well as the federal and state government.  He holds an AAS and BS in Engineering and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is a graduate of the VDOT Executive and Advanced Leadership Institute.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).  At the Institute of Industrial Engineers, George has served on the Construction Division – National Committee, was Asst. Vice-President for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and President of the Richmond Chapter.  Currently, he serves on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a Program Evaluator, The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) with the PE Exam Development Committee, and is an Advisory Member to the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Board.  He has conducted numerous presentations and workshops at various regional and national conferences on the subjects of project management, partnering, strategic planning, and performance management.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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