RALEIGH, N.C. - In response to what it sees as a growing demand in the construction industry for improved project management capability, FMI Corp. has a new program.

RALEIGH, N.C. - In response to what it sees as a growing demand in the construction industry for improved project management capability, FMI Corp. has launched its Project Management Academy.

Founded to help less-experienced project managers, the academy uses case study-based training "to provide students with the knowledge and experience to confidently and consistently guide projects to completion," FMI said.

The academy will be held twice a year at FMI's headquarters in Raleigh. It consists of four, 10-hour days in which students are exposed to schedule and budget development and maintenance, change order management, client relations, team coordination and other topics that project managers face daily.

With case studies developed from real construction projects, using real-life documents and situations, the academy allows students to face and resolve project crises free of financial risk.

David Stone, FMI senior consultant and coordinator of the academy, said the program is tailored to each participant.

"Students are also guided through a rigorous behavioral analysis to identify and take full advantage of their communication and personality styles," Stone said.