The PHCC education foundation’s “Essentials of Project Management” training course, held March 19-22 in Leesburg, Va., attracted a crowd of project managers, estimators and contracting business owners.

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors’ National Association’s four-day program featured discussions on project cash flow, recruiting younger workers and developing technologies that are predicted to significantly change construction over the next five years.

Kirk Alter, course director and professor at Purdue University, uses his session to give an overview of where the construction industry already sits when it comes to technology.

“Tablets for foremen in the field? Already baseline at this point,” Alter said. “What about robots doing layout marking or prefabricating entire building sections with all the mechanical elements already embedded; or even using 3-D printing to create those sections? It’s being done now and you will see it on a jobsite much sooner than you think.”

Alter will also be leading a two-day advanced management workshop June 6-7 at the Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, N.H.