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Front End Planning Best Practices to Improve Capital Project Performance

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by Sandra MacGillivray

Poor scope definition is the leading cause of project cost and schedule overruns, and long term operational issues in capital projects. As a result, front end planning is one of the most important processes in the construction and operation of capital assets. How can you improve scope definition and reduce project risk?

Mobile Devices in Construction Projects

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by Jonathan Poppe

Construction project managers have to overcome a number of challenges when the jobsite is a significant distance from the office. This webinar will cover some of the most common challenges faced by the PM, and provide suggestions for using mobile devices to face these challenges. We will look at how a project manager can:- oversee multiple construction jobs that are physically separated- assist site supervisors overcome limited technical experience- maintain a daily understanding of each job- keep onsite employees accountable- evaluate the quality of work at a job

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A Project Lifecycle for New Hotels

by Richard Whitfield
Gert Noordzy

Addressing the problems inherent in opening new hotels, this paper advocates that hotel owners adopt a complete and well-defined project lifecycle overseen by an experienced project manager. The goals and deliverables for the key phases within this extended new hotel project lifecycle are identified and the main benefits of following this approach are explained. The proposed approach helps optimize the return on investment for each new hotel and maximizes positive cash flows from operations.

The Four Windows: Turning Opportunity into Innovation in Megaprojects

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

Apart from the size of their budgets and the reach of their ambition, one defining characteristic of megaprojects is their desire to create enduring legacies. Crossrail--the United Kingdom’s largest infrastructure project--hopes it will have an even greater impact in the field of innovation.

Advanced Work Packaging: Thinking with the End in Mind

by Olfa Hamdi

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a work process framework fundamentally based on the idea of thinking with the end in mind. It is designed to allow engineering planning to be driven by construction sequencing.

Burning Up Construction Projects: Why Not?

by Massimo Longo

Project management in construction follows traditional planning methods to communicate project schedules. The objective of this article is to show how agile tools like burnup and burndown charts help communicate project timeline and progress.

Can Workface Planning Boost Your Field Performance?

by Olfa Hamdi

Across many construction industry segments--and in many parts of the world--labor productivity remains a serious issue, and one of the biggest challenges of the execution phase. Can workface planning help?

Method in the Mayhem: Managing Megaprojects (Part 2)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

In Part 1, we looked at how two similar megaprojects--separated in time by 1,800 years--delivered transformational change through the magnitude of their engineering achievements. But to understand the challenges of managing megaprojects--what is it that makes them so alluring yet so fraught with difficulty?--we must first understand what shapes the urgency of their ambitions.

Teachable Moments: Occupied Dwellings

by Paul Meredith B.Sc. (Hons), MRICS, PMP

Teachable moments are formed when you have done something--regardless of the outcome--and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, we share a case study of how a client upgraded its existing fire protection systems in several homes occupied by senior citizens across Canada.

Generating a Useful Construction Activities Work Schedule

by Edwin Rivera Sierra

Construction project planning requires creating detailed construction activities work schedules. Being organized with all your construction documents can minimize missing key information. Learn how to develop a clear and complete schedule, and how it can make a complex project seem a bit easier to handle.

Method in the Mayhem: Managing Megaprojects (Part 1)

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

What is it that makes a megaproject more than just an ordinary one on steroids? Certainly the challenges that megaprojects create make exceptional demands on project management expertise. But what are those challenges? And in what ways does expertise respond to those exceptional demands? A close look at a couple of examples--one ancient and one modern--might help us understand how megaprojects have responded to those questions.

Cost and Schedule Benefits of Offsite Manufactured Plant Rooms on ICI Construction Projects

by Roy Baxter

The process of finding quicker, simpler, and safer ways of achieving completion and handover is a continuous endeavor for both manufacturers and contractors alike. Offsite prefabrication of boiler plant rooms in the ICI (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional) construction sector is not introduced to projects as often as it could be. The author examines the project benefits of using this engineering application.

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