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February Program Meeting

Before the dinner meeting we held two one-hour education sessions.  The first was lead by Mr. Ivan Thomas, PMP, from Atkins, and the title of his presentation was "Virtual Project Management (VPM)".

Ivan Thomas, PMP, Atkins

Ivan covered what the PMBOK and the PM world says about VPM and then went on talk about his experience being the PM for five virtual projects that covered conceptual design and feasibility studies of various aspects of the storage, transportation and disposal of US commercial spent nuclear fuel. He concluded the session by covering his lessons learned, tools and techniques.

The second session was lead by Mr. Rod Gadd, PMP, and the title of his talk was: "Challenges of a New College Degree Project".  

Rod Gadd, PMP

Given a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which was awarded in 2011 and was phased over five years, in order to develop a Project Management (PM) Degree program at the Columbia Basin College, Rod described the approach that he took and the challenges he faced. The end result was a PM program that consists of a 1-year Certificate, a 2-year AAS Degree and a 4-year BS Degree, and is designed on a building block approach such that the 1-year certificate course modules comprise part of the 2-year AAS degree, and the 2-year AAS degree modules comprise part of the 4-year BS degree.  A PM stakeholder committee, which comprised of 15 practitioners from Hanford Contractors, DOE, and PNNL, was also used over a period of 9 months to support Rod in developing this successful program.

The board would like to say a big thank you to Ivan and Rod for their work and time in preparing and delivering these excellent sessions.

The education sessions provide an opportunity for members or non-members who would like to present one or more of the education sessions to get involved and present on PMI Talent Triangle subjects, i.e. Technical Project Management, Strategic and Business Management and Leadership.  If you're interested in presenting, then please contact

Our dinner keynote speaker was Mr. Dennis Walters, Dana Engineering, and his address was titled “Source Selection Using Values Mapping".  

Sokhom Sek (PMI-CRBC Director of Chapter Guest Speakers), Dennis Walters, Dana Engineering

Dennis described "values mapping" as a stakeholder's process tool used to gather and align staff members' attitudes and beliefs about how to achieve organizational success.  It is a useful facilitation technique that helps you clarify and define people's perceptions, values and expectations.  Dennis took the audience through an interactive and entertaining example of applying the five step values mapping process to an attendee's work as a blacksmith.  The five steps of the process being:  Step 1 - Brainstorm Characteristics of General Concepts, Step 2 - Synthesize Characteristics into 3 to 8 Groups, Step 3 - Prioritize Characteristics, Step 4 - Evaluate Performance in Each Characteristic and Step 5 - Recommend Improvement.  

The board would like to say a big thank you to Dennis for taking the time to prepare for and deliver the dinner keynote at our February program meeting.    


2017 Project of the Year

The 2017 Project of the Year Awards Gala was held on February 23, 2017, to recognize and honor project teams for superior performance and execution of exemplary project management for projects completed in 2016.

We were pleased to welcome over 90 project managers, project team members, executive level managers and their guests to the event, which for the first time was held at the Richland Community Center.

2017 Project of the Year Awards Gala at the Richland Community Center

The 2017 Project of the Year Award went to the AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project - Project Manager:  Del Scott, PMP, Lead Nominator:  Brad Bricker, and the project team from Washington River Protection Solutions.  The Peoples' Choice Award, which was selected by ballot during the Gala following?presentations of each project, was also awarded to the AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project.

2017 Project of the Year Winner and People's Choice Award
AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project - 
Washington River Protection Solutions

Pictured:  Tim Moberg, Bryan Wright, Jim Geary, Lisa Rosenblum (PMI-CRB VP-Marketing & Public Relations), StevSwenning (PMI-CRBC President), Brad Bricker, Dennis Nixie 

The chapter would like to recognize and thank the other two nominees for their efforts, superior projects, and excellent presentations at the gala. 

  • Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project - Project Manager: Sebastien Guillot, Lead Nominator:  Doug Greenwell, PMP, and the project team from Washington River Protection Solutions.

Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project Team

  • Sludge Treatment - Engineered Container Retrieval and Transport Systems (ECRTS) - Technology Development and Readiness Project - Project Manager:  Neal Sullivan, Lead Nominator:  Ray Geimer, and the project team from CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company.

Sludge Treatment - Engineered Container Retrieval and Transport Systems (ECRTS) - Technology Development and Readiness Project Team

The chapter would like to thank the volunteer project team for planning and delivering the 2017 Project of the Year event.

Pictured:  Ivan Thomas, Pete Owen (and his great team of project evaluators), Adria Johnson, Lisa Rosenblum (Project Manager), Steve Norton, Lisa Geffen

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, without whom the Project of the Year Awards Gala would not be possible.


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Calendar of Events

April Chapter Program Meeting

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter is holding the next Program Meeting on April 4 at the Anthology Center, Richland.  There will be one two-hour educational session (2 PDUs) (3:30pm to 5:30pm), followed by the dinner meeting and a keynote speaker (TBA).  The presenter for the educational session will be Mr. Edward Schwier and his subject will be:  "Communication and Leadership Essentials".  The details for the event and how to register will be sent to the Chapter's e-mail distribution list once registration for the meeting is open.

PMP Exam Preparation Classes

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter will be holding three PMP Exam Preparation Classes in 2017:  March 14-16, July 25-27 and December 5-7.  Please click here for details on how to register for any these classes.

PMI-CRB Chapter Elections

Please keep a lookout for an email, which will provide you with details of the candidates for the upcoming Chapter elections and instructions on how to vote.

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Volunteer News

Please take a look at the "Volunteer Opportunities" under the "Get Involved" menu item on the Home Page for opportunities to get involved with the running of the chapter and the events that we put on. 

Call for Presenters.  Earn More PDUs by Presenting at the Monthly Chapter Program Meetings!

If you are searching for ways to earn more PDUs for zero cost then consider presenting an educational topic at an upcoming Chapter program meeting.  The Chapter’s Board Members established two one-hour educational sessions which are given each month prior to the Monthly Chapter Dinner Meeting.  If you are the presenter, you earn PDUs for your time spent creating and presenting the material.  Any subject of interest to Project Managers is a possible topic which includes all areas of the PMBOK.  In addition, general management, strategic and business management and leadership subjects are also appropriate for educational sessions.

If you have expertise in an area and are willing to present either or both one-hour educational sessions at a Chapter Program Meeting (Session 1 starts at 3:30 PM and Session 2 starts at 4:30 PM, then please contact Terri Fookes at for further information.  Volunteering helps your fellow chapter members too!

Working on this Month

Volunteers are currently working on the planning for the April and May program meetings.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Ivan Thomas or a fellow board member. 

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Spotlight on Members

Hi, This is Ivan Thomas (VP Communications) speaking and I'm looking for news articles that I can share with the chapter membership, which shine the spotlight on the great things that we're doing in the community and/or the world of Project Management.  Listening to folks at the chapter program meetings, PMI Region 1 meetings, and hearing about projects at the Project of the Year Awards Gala, I know that we're involved in some cool stuff.  If you have anything that you'd like me to share then please email me at, making sure that you've covered all of the bases regarding any public release approvals pertaining to the news article.

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