Served Countries/Regions

Service Offered

  • Facilitating and performing qualitative and quantitative project risk workshops and analysis
  • Planning, drafting and implementing construction project management & delivery systems
  • Hands on practice on project cost engineering including budget, forecast, trends, performance
  • Risk application on supply chain & contract administration (risk allocation through contracts)
  • Contingencies and risk reserves of cost estimates (using the proprietary Riscore Model in @RISK platform


  • 2005 AACE International in Las Vegas titled "Marrying Risk Register with Trending"
  • 2005 PertMaster International User Conference in Houston titled "Schedule Risk Analysis  and Credibility"
  • 2006 AACE International in New Orleans titled "Significance of WBS in Risk Modelling"
  • 2006 Canadian Heavy Oil Conference in Calgary titled "Effective Mega Project Risk Controls"
  • 2006 ARES Corporation PUG conference in Calgary titled " Contingency Simulation and Management"
  • 2007 Palisade (@RISK) User Group in Miami USA titled "Stochastic Decision-making method"
  • 2007 Energy IQ International conference in Abu Dhabi titled "Project Risk and Management"
  • 2007 Best Practice Users’ Group in London England titled "Strategic Decisions under Risk Conditions"
  • 2008 Canadian Institute EPC Project Management conference in Calgary titled "Risks in EPC World"
  • 2009 Palisade Energy Forum in Calgary titled "The Cost of Risk Quantification"
  • 2010 Palisade @RISK conference in London England titled "Put More Science in Cost Risk Analysis"
  • 2011 SPE Technical Conference in Denver USA titled "Understanding and Handling Residual Risks"
  • 2014 Canadian institute EPCM conference in Calgary titled "Managing Risks of Overseas Engineering"
  • 2015 Palisade @RISK Conference in Calgary titled "Quantifying Management Reserves"
  • 2017 AACE Chinook Section Dinner Meeting in Calgary titled "Projects, Risks and Contingency"
  • 2017 Palisade in Nashville USA titled "Contingency Determination using @RISK for capital projects"
  • 2018 Project Management Institute (PMI) South Alberta Chapter titled "Why do Major Project Fail?"

What can we do for you?

  • Project Management
    • Creating and designing Construction Project Management system, phase gate governance and procedures for capital projects’ group
    • Customize-design the Project Phase Gate Evaluation Checklist, an enriched version of PDRI focusing not only on engineering but also construction execution and RFO (Ready for Operations)
    • Leading, auditing or participating in project gate review workshops at various phases or stages in the offices, fab. yards and sites
    • Generating risk-based Gate Review Risk Register with assigned risk owners and action deadlines
    • Delivering customized PM training classes / modules to internal teams

  • Risk Management
    • Mapping out project / company needs and designing project risk management framework and processes / procedures
    • Facilitating and performing qualitative risk review & assessment workshops and generate Project Risk Register (100+ risk library)
    • Conducting quantitative Monte Carlo simulations on Project Schedule and Cost risk analysis including brainstorming workshops and group interviews to derive appropriate contingencies and escalation for cost estimates (using the proprietary Riscor Model in @RISK platform
    • Hands on practice on the tasks of project cost engineering including budget, forecast, trends and performance.
    • Validate cost forecasts using Monte Carlo simulation technique at any given project milestones

About the Founder of Risk Core, John Zhao

John has over thirty years of diverse project experience including PMO governance, qualitative risk workshop facilitations, quantitative cost and schedule risk analysis with major owner companies in Canada, USA and Europe; field coordination, cost engineering and contract management with some of world-renowned EPC firms in Canada; and field engineering for commercial and heavy industrial projects with contractors in Middle East.

John is a Subject Matter Expert in project risk, having facilitated over 100+ workshops and conducted QRA sessions totalling over $65 Billion. He developed his proprietary Riscor Model and applied on a variety of capital projects over past 12 years for contingency and escalation. His expertise includes applying the B.E.S.T. approach for FEL 1; Risk KT for FEL 2; T.E.A.M. approach for risk responses, and Riscor QRA for FEL 3 cost estimate.

John was a guest speaker at various local universities. He taught project risk management skills and knowledge for AACE and recently started the public training classes to teach @RISK Monte Carlo simulation technique. He has presented the topics of project risk management since 2005 in various conferences including Abu Dhabi, Miami, London, Las Vegas, Denver, New Orleans, Ontario, Nashville, Calgary and Beijing.