May 02 - Downtown LA Meeting

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5/02/2019 - Thursday, 7:45 am - 9:30 am
USC, Waite Phillips Hall
Speaker: Dr. Ralph Garcia
Mega-Project Cost Estimations and Performance

mega projectsMega-Projects are complex, transformational and at times incur costs that exceed some countries’ GDP.  In this forum, you will understand Mega-Project characteristics, review cases, discuss estimation methods and evaluate determinants of cost performance.  

  • Understand Mega-Project characteristics
  • Review Mega-Project cases and applications
  • Discuss cost estimating methods
    • Basis of Estimate
    • Expert Judgement
    • Analogous estimating 
    • Parametric estimating
    • Bottom-up estimating 
    • Three point estimating
    • Reference estimating
    • Cognitive Bias
  • Evaluate determinants of Mega-Project cost performance


About the Speaker

speaker garcia ralphRalph Garcia has over 20 years of experience in project management successfully leading large-scale, complex programs worldwide from concept to deployment in industries such as aerospace and defense, medical technology, communications, and transit. He served as Vice President of Program Management at both L-3 Communications and Benchmark Electronics. He also held executive-level roles at Becton Dickinson and Raytheon.

Ralph holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, an MSc in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford, an MS in Systems Architecture and Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MS in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. He also holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an MS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His research interests include adaptive systems for complex program environments.


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Event Cost

(PMI-LA members must log into the PMI-LA website prior to registration to receive the member discounts)

  • $10 for PMI-LA Members
  • $15 for Non Members

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  • 0.5 PDU Strategic and Business Management 
  • 0.5 PDU Technical


Meeting Agenda

  • 07:45 am to 08:00 am – Registration
  • 08:00 am to 08:10 am – Introduction
  • 08:10 am to 08:35 am – Presentation
  • 08:35 am to 08:45 am – Break
  • 08:45 am to 09:15 am – Presentation
  • 09:15 am to 09:30 am – Q&A, presentation closing



Coffee and Baked Treats


Location Information

USC, Waite Phillips Hall
3470 Trousdale Parkway, Room #403
Los Angeles, CA 90089



  • Off Campus
    • Four- and two-hour metered parking is available on Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard.

  • On Campus
    • Parking on campus is currently $12. Due to construction, only a limited amount of metered parking is available, in the Vermont and Jefferson Parking Lot and on Downey Way. On campus parking rates and availability may vary for special events. For the most up-to-date information about gate access and hours, visit USC Transportation.

    • The parking structures closest to Waite Phillips Hall are Royal Street Parking and McCarthy Way Parking Structures.



Registration can be canceled up until the Tuesday before the event with a $1 cancellation fee. You may also allow a friend or colleague to attend the meeting in your place. Because we owe the venue a guaranteed number by that Tuesday, any last minute cancellations are non-refundable. Should there be extenuating circumstances, please contact the board at BoD@pmi-la.org with the request and reason for cancellation.

This event may be canceled or postponed by the Chapter, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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