Fore-ward Thinking: Effective Work Planning for Foremen

Is proper detailed planning becoming a lost art in the construction industry? This course aims to reverse that trend by providing foremen with a strong model that will improve their crew’s performance and the company’s bottom line.

You’ll be taken through a back-to-basics approach to site and task planning that can be applied to any type of work and is equally applicable to the foremen of trade or general contractors.

In this hands-on course, you will build a work plan and two-week lookahead schedule. You will work through various planning scenarios and potential snags and be provided with strategies to help you determine requirements for manpower, material, equipment, quality and safety needs.



  • What is planning, who should do it, what we should plan and when
  • Follow the planning cycle of plan, do, check, act
  • Finding the right information to put together a solid plan
  • Plan task activities for your crew including:
    • safety considerations
    • quality controls
    • calculating manpower requirements
    • material needs
    • equipment needs
    • working with other trades
  • Build a two-week lookahead schedule
  • Monitor and correct/update the plan if it goes off track
  • Communicate the plan to others
  • Gather useful historical information to improve future planning

Included: Templates to develop your own work plans and two-week lookahead schedules.


This course is ideal for… Foremen of all levels of experience and all trades. It also serves as a good back-to-basics refresher for Superintendents.



1 Gold Seal Credit




Facilitator: Mark Taylor, Construction Advisory Services Ltd.

Mark has more than 30 years of construction industry experience, having spent most of this time working with major construction companies in Canada and the UK, including PCL and Stuart Olson. Along the way, Mark fulfilled many roles including Vice-President, Permanent Modular Construction, Director of Operations and Senior Construction Manager. Mark now uses his experience to help contractors develop and improve the systems and processes they need to operate effectively and profitably in today’s market. His wide exposure to different geographic and market sectors has given him a diverse experience to draw on in finding solutions to both business and project problems. Mark always looks to challenge the status quo and find new ways to improve the industry and how things are built. Through the training he offers, Mark strives to develop strong builders and leaders who excel in their roles.


  • January 22, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Price Qty
Attendees (WCA Member)show details + $325.00 (CAD)*  
Attendees (Non-Member)show details + $400.00 (CAD)*  

* price includes taxes

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Venue:   Winnipeg Construction Association - Burnell Room

1447 Waverley St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 0P7