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On-demand Webinars

Risk Management in the Construction Sector

by Manavasi Ramesh
March 27, 2017 | 61:51 | Views: 1,364 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.78 / 7

A project goes through various levels of interaction between multitudes of people, with different skill sets competing interests and also involves planning, scheduling, and coordination of a wide range of both independent and interrelated activities. In addition, the influence of external factors requires this industry to solve complex environmental issues.

Caterpillar Inc - Building Better Communities with Pro Bono Project Management

by Jeremy Pasley, Seth Norburg, Jeffrey Zircher, George Puhl
November 29, 2016 | 58:55 | Views: 6,486 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.77 / 7

In this webinar we will explore how Caterpillar's Global Program Management team is growing project management capability and competency in non-profits and charity organizations and how you can make a difference in your own community through the use of project management.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Quantity Tracking System (Green Projects)

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by Stefano Pittaluga

This template is built for construction project control managers who need to keep track of quantities installed onsite and—with the same tool—produce a weekly/monthly report that supplies management with quantitative feedback about project status.

Green Projects Procurement System

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by Stefano Pittaluga

This template and its instruction sheet is aimed at project managers of solar projects for managing the procurement system process. It allows you to create and manage different procurement process data (item types, supplier list, contacts by suppliers); to create an RFP, linking it to a restricted list of preferred suppliers; to send automatic email to selected suppliers belonging to a certain RFP; to create a standard form email; to calculate forecasted date of answer from supplier; and report overdue dates.

Project Cost Control Tool

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by Brice Cothenet

This template allows you to access the main data you need to monitor for a relevant view of your project cost, all in one table: budget (at completion), actual cost, estimate to complete and estimate at completion. It automatically draws the appropriate curve.

Learn From Others

Topic Teasers Vol. 93: Making Historic Errors

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: Our school district has decided to raze and rebuild a historic elementary school located on an equally historic access road that was part of the first state highway. Unfortunately, in replacing a sewer line that crossed the road, about 10 feet of the original brick pattern was not reinstalled correctly. Local traffic was rerouted temporarily while the work was done, to the vocal displeasure of the nearby residents (since this three-block access road also funnels traffic from the subdivisions to the main street). What do I do about the pattern at this point?
A. When working with historic venues, leaving the site looking exactly as you found it is of extreme importance. If you don’t repair it on your own, the inspectors from your local Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission (or some similarly named organization) will ask you to redo it. So, do it now.
B. On a road that covers less than two blocks, city laws usually do not require historic artifacts and sites to be preserved. Repaint the middle lines and hope that drivers do not notice. This is preferable to stopping traffic again to redo the brickwork.
C. Ask the product owner what he or she would prefer you do. Since you were not specifically told to reinstall the roadway with exactly the same pattern, it is not your responsibility. If asked to redo it, charge extra for the expenses you incur with your subcontractors.
D. Construction projects never really come out exactly as envisioned in the beginning. Function is what is important, not beauty. If the road is safe and usable to transport students to the school and as an artery for people to enter and exit their neighborhood streets, you have fulfilled your technical and functional responsibilities.
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Stakeholder Management in Industrial Plant Engineering Projects

by Alexis Devenin

Effective and early participation of plant stakeholders during engineering phases of a brownfield project in a production plant allows us to capture the value and knowhow of the organization—and avoid multiple modifications during the execution phase. In order to manage stakeholder involvement efficiently, classification by function and organizational level is essential.

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide – A Glance at the Third Edition

by Fabio Teixeira de Melo

The third edition of the Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide was recently published. A supplement to the PMBOK® Guide for those in the construction field, this article is a teaser of the new edition. It makes brief comments about the changes from the previous edition and hints at the challenges experienced.

Selecting the Best Delay Analysis Technique

by Ahmed Fouad Sedky

Delay is the ugly truth on most construction projects, but there are several delay analysis/forensic planning techniques that can be used. This article will provide a brief explanation of each—and when each method is best used.

Dealing with Claims in Construction

by Manavasi Ramesh

Claims arise in a project mainly due to lack of clarity in scope and specifications, ambiguities in contract clauses, interface scope with other projects, site conditions and time constraints. Here we discuss various scenarios and issues that can arise during project execution—along with possible solutions to address the issue of claims management in construction projects.

The Fast Track to Delay

by Ahmed Fouad Sedky

The following article discuss how fast tracking can lead to project delays, showing the most common risk and pitfalls when applying the technique. It will focus on examples from some projects in Qatar.

How to Repair Hundreds of Bridges Under Budget: Lessons from Oregon

by Bruce Harpham

In 2015, the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III State Bridge Delivery Program (OTIA) was listed as a finalist for the PMI Project of the Year Award. The program’s achievements, methods and overall approach represent a significant innovation. There’s plenty to learn from Oregon’s experience, even if your work has nothing to do with bridges or infrastructure.

How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Can Help Project Managers

by Saad Al Jabri

Building information modeling (BIM) has grown tremendously in just a few years. Meanwhile, factors are pushing the construction world to innovate opportunities for improving efficiency and productivity. In this scenario in any project, the project manager has the overall responsibility for project success.

In Pursuit of the Fourth 'I': Ultimate Business and Project Management Strategy

by Debasis Chakrabarti, Manavasi Ramesh

In this article, with the help of theory, literature and real life examples, the authors try to explain innovation in construction projects while differentiating the same from invention. The article also discusses two more vital “I” words: improvisation and improvement.

Case Study: Project Delays in Qatar Construction Projects

by Ahmed Fouad Sedky

As Qatar continues its race against time in delivering construction and infrastructure projects by the fixed deadline of 2022 (and later to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030), let’s look at some best-laid plans gone awry--and explore the causes and repercussions of project delays in Qatar.


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