January 2015 Dinner Meeting  



Large construction projects, especially in the Environmental Industry are technically complex, often fast paced and scheduled driven.  These projects are faced with a myriad of technical information developed by experts in their field but are often executed by a very technically diversified skilled labor force.  Misunderstandings from improper communications on these projects are often costly, require rework, impact schedules, distract workers, and happen all too often. 

Fortunately, this may be avoided using "experience" appropriate communications imparting the information at the target group on the project team in way it is understood.  Proper and targeted communications are those conveying the technical requirements and at the same time easily understood by the worker completing.  This is often complicated by work procedures developed by those with skills much different than those who will complete the procedures. 

As a Project Manager, it is our responsibility to ensure these communications are executed so that all project team members understand them at a level commensurate with their experience so can perform the task correctly and avoiding costly mistakes.  This presentation focuses on the complexities of technical communication to diverse groups on a project team  using two large and very different Environmental Construction Projects as examples.

Presenter:  John W. Waechter, PMP, CPG 


John W. Waechter, CPG, PMP is a Project Manager 3 at CB&I with over 30 years of environmental and engineering related experience. Mr. Waechter has been a member of the Upstate New York Chapter of PMI since 2009 and received his PMP certification in 2010.

His project work focuses on multi-facility programs and construction projects requiring complex logistics, large amounts of data evaluation, detailed documentation, and rapid paced project execution. As a Project Manager, his responsibilities include assembling multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and technicians to successfully plan, execute, and complete environmental programs/projects. He specializes in remedial construction projects and facility Operation and Maintenance programs. Additional experience includes managing projects involving due diligence, remedial design/installation, bulk petroleum storage design and replacement, architectural and engineering design projects for telecommunications facilities, and hazardous material spill response projects.


Currently, Mr. Waechter is the CB&I Project Manager responsible for the operation and management of the Processing and Transportation Facility for General Electric's Hudson River Dredging Project.


While serving in the United States Naval Nuclear Power program for eight years, Mr. Waechter was responsible for managing programs on board submarines and at fixed based nuclear power plants. These programs included preventative and corrective maintenance shutdowns of nuclear power plants, nuclear propulsion plant radiological controls audit and surveillance programs, maintenance quality assurance and quality control programs, and radioactive material transfer and shipment programs.


Dinner includes caesar salad, rolls, entrée, coffee, & dessert (Cheese Cake)

and Choice of 




 Please join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at The Desmond Hotel off of Albany Shaker Road, in Colonie (see directions).

Attitude adjustment will begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00pm, followed by the program starting promptly at 7:00pm and adjourning by 8:00pm.

Pricing change for 2014-2015.  To ensure an accurate number of dinners, we have created an early bird discount for those paying in advance. $30.00 for Early Bird, PMI members;  $40.00 for Early Bird, nonmembers; and $20 for Early Bird students. To receive the early bird discount, please pay in advance. Those who do not register by noon on the Monday for the dinner and choose to pay at the door will not get the early bird discount and will be charged the $10 late fee - $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers, and $40 for students.

The early bird deadline for online registration is 12:00 noon on Monday before the dinner (cancellations after 12:00 noon on Monday will be charged the full meeting registration fee). Please note that registrations after the early bird deadline of 12:00 noon on Monday will be charged the full price as indicated above. Walk-ins on the day of the event are on a first come, first served basis with limited availability and will be charged the full price plus a $10 late fee.

For details please contact: 

Carol Fitzgerald - VP, Programs , Tim Sorrentino - 2nd VP, Programs


Kimberly Thomas - Program Director for Chapter Meetings

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