Risk engineers conduct comprehensive risk assessments for many types of large projects, often singularly focused on the technical assessment, thus potentially limiting its value to the technical engineering team. For large, complex projects, limiting or excluding community stakeholder involvement from the assessment process increases stakeholder skepticism, apprehension, and mistrust regarding safety, health and welfare of those stakeholders living and working nearby. Social experts have repeatedly documented connections between perception framing, communication processes and risks. This presentation considers the connections between stakeholder perceptions and communication plans associated with risks listed in the risk register, and suggests a Risk Perception Management plan to connect risks into communication plans based upon including social expert suggestions for five large projects: three biosafety laboratories and two levee system assessment projects. The concept of Risk Perception Management (RPM) Plan integrated with the risk register is presented. Based upon case study research, the presentation shows how the RPM concept iteratively captures stakeholder perceptions to build associated communication plans, thus increasing risk assessment value for stakeholders and decision-makers.

Speaker: Dr. Dianne Leveridge 

Dr. Dianne Leveridge serves as the KCTCS Director of Technical Programs developing quality and consistency among KCTCS technical program areas; aligning technical programs with industry sectors; and cultivating partnerships between colleges and industry sectors. Retired after 20 years working as an electrical engineer in the manufacturing industry, Dr. Leveridge earned her PhD in civil engineering project management from the University of Maryland.

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Where: Jefferson Davis Inn, 319 Cedar St. Lexington, KY 40508


  • 11:30am: Networking
  • 11:45am: Lunch Served
  • 12:00pm: Program Begins

Register: www.pmibluegrass.org

About the PMI® Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter:

The PMI Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter is recognized as a dynamic organization for professional project managers dedicated to serving the business, academic and government communities of central Kentucky and the advancement of project management – adding value to our members, our community, and our profession.

We want to be your authoritative source for project management information in Central Kentucky.