Project Insights

Project Management Podcast

Dive deep into the complex world of construction project management with our podcast, Project Insights, exploring the latest techniques and industry trends alongside PMA Consultants’ team of experts.

Safety Week

In this episode of Project Insights, hosts Zoe Mervine and Alex Worth kick off Construction Safety Week (May 6 – 10, 2024) by interviewing PMA Detroit’s Reed Johnson. Reed has been involved in construction almost his entire life, now serving as an inspector and project manager on multiple construction projects, giving him a deep understanding of the risks involved for workers. Throughout his discussion, Reed shares stories from the worksite, covering what he views as the biggest risks, mitigating risks, staying on top of safety standards, and what leadership can do to increase safety. Join us to learn more about what PMA’s professionals are doing to make the industry safer and how you can contribute yourself.

Women in Construction Project Management

To celebrate Women in Construction Week (March 3 – 9, 2024), hosts Zoe Mervine and Bryan Ritch are joined by PMA Northeast director Kathy Gorman, who specializes in scheduling and delay analysis. Over her 35-year career, Kathy has gone from being one in a handful of women on a construction project to being one amongst many – something that she believes makes the industry stronger. Tune in to hear stories about Kathy’s impressive career, from the people and characteristics she contributes to her success, to her advice for anyone who wants to work in construction scheduling and leadership.

Strategic Perspectives on Long-Term Projects and Planning

Hosts Hatim Elnueri and Zoe Mervine are joined by Wee Orwatthana, PMA senior associate, to discuss long-term projects and planning. As a project controls specialist for pharmaceutical, transportation, and public infrastructure industries, Wee delves into what she sees as pivotal to planning long-term projects, including the greatest uncertainties and crucial aspects to outline and discuss with stakeholders. Wee also leaves listeners with a nod to the software she uses in the process, including PMA Technologies’ NetPoint and Project Summit, which aids with collaboration and impact visualization. 

Wee has been promoted to Director since this episode was recorded. 

Navigating Change in Project Management

Join us in our discussion with PMA Director John Hill as he reflects on his 42-year project management career. While he is currently a project manager, mainly supporting large-scale electric utilities projects, John began his path thinking he would be a structural engineer. Even after finding his strengths in scheduling, his career still required no shortage of adaptations from him, including new technologies, differing state requirements, industry intricacies, and evolving role expectations. Listen to this episode to hear how John has learned from these challenges and his advice to other project managers.

AI in Project Management and Project Controls

To kick off the Project Insights series, hosts Zoe Mervine and Hatim Elnueri interview their guest, Ernesto Toxqui, about the future of AI technology. While covering a variety of topics such as the science of AI, its past and present stages, and its place in project management, possibly the most important question they weigh in on (and the one that listeners are probably wondering themselves) is “Will AI take over our jobs?”. Find out the answer to this and more in the very first episode of Project Insights!

Insights Into the Rhode Island Market

In the second episode of Project Insights, Brian Sullivan, PMA Director and Rhode Island Operations Lead, gives listeners a look into the current market in Rhode Island and how it has changed over the recent years. Having worked in Rhode Island for the majority of his career, Brian has observed its market go from being based in small, local firms to working primarily with out-of-state and buyout firms. Tune into Project Insights to discover the reasons behind this shift, as well as Brian’s tips for navigating this new market, including how working with a consulting firm helped him adapt to these unique challenges.

Decision and Risk Management

Hosts Zoe Mervine and Hatim Elnueri interview Francisco Cruz, PMA’s Chief Knowledge Officer and Miami Senior Director, about decision and risk management for this episode of Project Insights. During their discussion, Francisco delved into the intricacies of topics such as the most effective approaches for risk management in capital projects, calibration assessments to avoid bias, and the importance of decision analysis in the early stages of a project. Listen to “Decision and Risk Management” for his take on these invaluable subjects and for additional input on AI in risk management and avoiding project teams’ most common pitfalls.