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"Innovative Project Management Techniques" Presentation 28Mar2024

(Presentation for 'Connections East' of PEGNL)

LPS Inc and Associates are very pleased to provide a Project Management presentation to Connections East, a partner of PEGNL (Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador). Here is a copy of the Connections East announcement and registration info:

"Dear Connections East Members:


You are invited to our March luncheon & Annual General Meeting.


Our monthly networking luncheons are a great opportunity to network with other professional engineers and geoscientists, reconnect with peers, support new members of the profession, continue your professional education and of course, earn PD hours.


SPEAKER: Gary Kennedy w/ guests Dave Newbury & Bob Tancock

DATE: March 28th, 2024

SUBJECT: Innovative Project Management Techniques (Followed by Annual General Meeting)

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:00 pm (St. John's, Newfoundland Time Zone)

LOCATION: Online webinar – Link will be sent out after you have registered

COST: Free


Three (3) speakers will conduct this joint presentation to summarize examples of modern and innovative techniques in Project Management that tend to be of high interest to the Engineering & Geoscience community. Keywords include, but not limited to: Decision Gate PM Systems, Decision Support Packages, Predictive (Waterfall) & Agile Frameworks, Hybrid Approaches, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Generative AI, Advanced Planning & Scheduling including AI, Challenges of AI Navigation.

Speaker Profiles


Gary Kennedy, P. Eng., PMP

Gary Kennedy, P. Eng., PMP, is a Professional Engineer (Civil), freelance Project Manager, and president of his small firm, Linear Project Services Inc (LPS, ). His 34 years in industry includes a wide range of project experience in the contracting, consulting, and utilities sectors. Gary's project involvement includes:


• North Atlantic Refinery (NARL) Project Management Systems & PM-QA

• Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) Process Plant Projects via CIMA+

• Shipbuilding - PM Systems Development Project

• Cougar Helicopters Aircraft Enhancements Project

• Roads & Bridges: Trans Labrador Highway (DTW), Nova Scotia Toll Highway 104 (AECON)

• Hibernia GBS Project, Structural Design

• Newfoundland Transshipment Project Phase I

• Hebron GBS Project: Tension Barges

• St. John's International Airport Expansion Projects

• Provision of Various Project Management Training Courses to Industry Clients, including in Houston, Toronto, and Boston.

Gary graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1990. He earned his PMP certification in 2001 through the PMI. He is an active Member of the PMI-NL Chapter, Charter Board Director of PMI-NL (2001), and has been an AACE member. While volunteering for the Eastern Chapter of PEGNL in 1999 (now known as Connections East), Gary, a casual drummer, organized “Jam Sessions” of musicians among Engineers, Geoscientists, and our other friends, until 2002 when his career travelling ramped up.



Dave Newbury, P. Eng.

Dave Newbury, P. Eng., is a Professional Engineer (Mechanical) with a background in Information Technology and Information Systems. He has worked on many large development projects in the Oil and Gas industry as well as a transformative Hydroelectric project, applying information systems/technology to improve efficiency and expedite project deliverables. These experiences have been applied to projects in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Britain, South Korea as well as Newfoundland and include:


• Complex offshore Oil and Gas facilities

• Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Development Project

• Hebron Offshore Oil and Gas Development Project

• North Atlantic Refinery Capital Projects/Turn-arounds

• Shell HOIST Refinery Development Project

• Sable Compression Offshore Oil and Gas Development Project

• Deep Panuke Offshore Oil and Gas Development Project

• Terra Nova FPSO Offshore Oil and Gas Development Project


Dave graduated Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992. He has been a member of the Project Management Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. In his spare time he tinkers with a back yard robotic semi-autonomous telescope observatory to image the universe.



Bob Tancock, B. Eng. (Retired)

Bob Tancock, B. Eng. (Retired), is a distinguished Planning Engineer with a 45-year tenure in project planning and cost control across oil & gas, mining, and power sectors. Renowned for his Primavera P6 mastery, Bob has significantly influenced project management through his comprehensive training programs.


Key Expertise:


• Project and Resource Planning at Corporate Enterprise level

• Standardization and Development of ISO 9000 Planning Procedures

• Creation of Resource Loaded Tender (Bid) Schedules

• Development of Baseline Resource's Loaded Closed-loop Project Plans

• Shutdown & Turnaround Schedules

• Shop Fabrication Resource Loaded Schedules

• Implementation of Earned Value Management Systems

• Project Cost Control - Integration with Accounting

• Training and Mentoring of Project Planners and Schedulers

• Planning Office Audit

• Delay Claim Analysis

• Subcontractor Schedule Analysis


Bob holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) and has enhanced his expertise with financial management and purchasing management courses at Algonquin College. His commitment to professional growth is evident in his years spent as an Eastern Canadian Certified Oracle Primavera Trainer, where he has provided basic, intermediate, and advanced training.


Bob is a former member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) and the Project Management Institute (PMI), reflecting his dedication to the highest standards of engineering and project management practices. When he is not gardening and building rock walls, he's out sailing in Conception Bay South with some of his older engineering buddies.





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