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Online course on estimating conservation projects

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot<-a>
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic and Artistic Works is pleased to offer a new online course,
"Estimating Conservation Projects."

This online course is designed to meet the needs of conservators who
own or manage a professional conservation business or laboratory.
"Estimating Conservation Projects" provides readings, case studies,
work sheets, presentations, and exercises to get you thinking and
planning. You will learn how to analyze a project, how to categorize
costs, and how to estimate project expenses. Online discussion
forums allow you to draw on the combined experience of other
participants, the course facilitator, and select outside experts.
Best of all, "Estimating Conservation Projects" comes to you.  All
you need is a computer with Internet access and you are ready to


The fee for this course is $200 for AIC members, $300 for

To register, complete and return the registration form, which is
available at


or from the AIC office.

The registration deadline is April 29, 2008.  Participants will be
accepted in order of receipt of paid registration.  Enrollment is
limited and this course is expected to fill quickly, so early
registration is advised.

About the Course: "Estimating Conservation Projects" is a four-week
course.  The course will begin on Thursday, May 1 and continue, with
new activities and discussions each week, through May 28.  The
course site will remain available for reference and downloads for
two weeks after the course ends.  The instructor, Sarah Lowengard,
will guide discussions and offer tips and resources beyond what you
find on the course site.  You may work on the course at any time
within each week.

What the course will cover:

    Estimating conservation projects of differing size and

    What to include when presenting an estimate to a client

    How to break estimates into smaller components for greater

    The basics of project management

    Managing conservators and non-conservators within a project

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be
able to:

    Identify the basic parts of a project estimate

    Indentify factors that will affect the total of each basic part,
    for a small, medium, or large project

    Recognize different techniques to attach dollar amounts to each
    part of an estimate

    Develop the connection between estimating and administration of
    a project

    Apply the techniques of estimating to a hypothetical situation

Time Requirements: Expect to spend at least six hours per week on
the course--roughly the equivalent of attending a full-day workshop
each week.  You will use this time to complete exercises, and to
read and respond to the work of others in the course.  You choose
when, according to your own schedule--at noon during your lunch
break, in the evening with a cup of coffee by your side, or at six
in the morning in your favorite jammies.

This course was created with funding from the Getty Foundation. It
is presented with funding from the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by gifts from members and friends of the American Institute for
Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

For more information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Professional Development Director
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC 20005
    202-452-9545, ext. 5
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot<-a t->aic-faic< . >org

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