Professionals Attending WPL Publishing Webinar to Learn about Using Construction Cost Control as an Effective Project Management Tool

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The interactive webinar is suited for controllers, chief financial officers, presidents, chief executive officers, and executives of general and specialty contractors as well as the accountants, sureties, and other professional firms serving them.

An upcoming WPL Publishing webinar will offer a wide variety of professionals advice about how they can use construction cost control as an effective project management tool. Delivering the advice will be William Kerns, founder of Pittsburgh-based Construction Turnaround Consultants.
Out-of-the box construction-cost reports typically provide information about project budgets, costs to date, and remaining budgets, but they do not indicate whether projects are in trouble until it is too late. For a job-cost report to be used as an effective tool for managing a project and related risks, it needs to include the right information. The webinar, entitled “How to Use Construction Cost Control as an Effective Project Management Tool,” is designed to help various professionals optimize their use of cost-related information for their projects. To register for the 90-minute webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit
Professionals attending the webinar will gain a thorough understanding of the following:

  • What is missing from standard reporting packages.
  • The key elements of an effective cost-control system.
  • How to use cost data to detect the early warning signs of troubled projects.
  • What a job-cost report should indicate as early as 10 percent.
  • Practical cost-control protocols to assist in change-order negotiations.
  • How these tools can make for more credible financial reporting.

Kerns is a self-proclaimed “construction geek” and has a passion for helping contractors gain control of their projects and businesses through effective cost control and financial reporting. He is as comfortable on the job site as he is in the board room and draws upon 25-plus years of experience as a former chief financial officer, field accountant, and cost-control manager.
Prior to founding Construction Turnaround Consultants, Mr. Kerns served as an expert consultant at The Duggan Rhodes Group, a construction-claims consulting firm. His experience also includes serving as chief financial officer during the turnaround of a $60-million commercial and industrial electrical design and construction company.
Mr. Kerns is a certified construction industry professional and cost consultant. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Management and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management, both from Carnegie Mellon University. He is skilled in using various construction accounting software platforms and holds a copyright for an automated financial reporting model.
Following Mr. Kerns’ presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.
Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry via live webinars and its ConstructionPro Network website ( Through ConstructionPro Network, WPL publishes the independent newsletter ConstructionPro Week, providing news, analysis, and insightful commentary about recent developments involving construction law, green buildings, building information modeling, and various construction managerial technologies and techniques.

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