Jeremy M. Ross, Director of Engineering – Programs and Projects at Denver Water (denverwater.org) presented to the Project Managers (PMs) of the Regis Project Management Institute (PMI) South Roundtable on July 27, 2022. session guidance/setup, webinar management and recording ensuring the event was a success .
Introducing Jeremy, Denver Water Project Management, detailed the project processes used to execute Denver Water’s capital improvement plan. Denver Water serves over 1.5 million customers and has been in business for over 100 years. He shared how PM is managing the largest capital improvement plan to date (over $350 million per year), including the recent completion of the redevelopment of a 35-acre operations complex, the construction of a state-of-the-art 75 million gallon per day water treatment plant. , a 131-foot concrete dam raise and a lead service line replacement program. Jeremy highlighted how Denver Water is focused on delivering the right projects at the right time for the right budget and puts effective project management at the forefront to ensure successful project delivery and value for ratepayers. They require PMs to be subject matter experts in their discipline and to lead multidisciplinary teams to execute the annual capital improvement plan. Denver Water Engineering relies on its Capital Projects Procedures Manual (CPPM), Capital Projects Construction Standards, Engineering Standards, and software tools to ensure efficient project delivery. Jeremy demonstrated the engineering project management processes defined in the CPPM, which are accessible and shared with all internal and external stakeholders. He provided a detailed explanation of the CPPM framework integration waterfall process: (1) Project Request and Screening, (2) Project Initiation, (3) Design Initiation, (4) Tender and Award of the project, (5) Pre-construction, (6) Construction contract administration, and (7) Contract completion
He illustrated how their tools (Maximo, ProjectWise, Procore, etc.) are used for stakeholder engagement, scope development, and project approval to ensure alignment across the organization. Additionally, he explained how Denver Water acquired tools such as Blue Beam to overcome COVID-19 personnel restrictions, restore effective team collaboration, and increase their productivity above pre-COVID levels. He shared several lessons learned and how they constantly adapt to the dynamic demands of their staff and contractors. Jeremy also illustrated how Denver Water effectively develops its corporate PMO to distribute efficiency throughout the organization.
About the speaker. Jeremy Ross is a senior executive in Denver Water’s Engineering Division. He has extensive experience in civil engineering focused on water resources and structures. Jeremy leads the Programs and Projects section, which is responsible for designing and executing the capital improvement plan for infrastructure ranging from dams and reservoirs, treatment plants and water distribution systems. Jeremy has over 20 years of engineering design and project management experience, leading multidisciplinary projects, including in 2015 the largest capital project to date for Denver Water, the redevelopment of the operations complex at just over $200 million.
Jeremy attended Colorado State University and has a BS in Civil Engineering. Jeremy is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Colorado. He volunteers in industry with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) on several committees for the development of standards and manuals of practice.
Regis PMI South Roundtable. The Regis PMI South Roundtable is affiliated with the PMI Mile High Chapter (pmimilehi.org), a chapter that has consistently ranked among the top 5% chapters worldwide. PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional association for the project, program and portfolio management professions. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value to more than 2.9 million working professionals worldwide through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research .