Read how this tenured associate professor, who instructs in construction management at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, considers it his responsibility to develop opportunities for his students to acquire new skills and knowledge in project management.
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One of the major reasons for project failure is the occurrence of unforeseen events that disrupt the smooth running of the project and cause irrecoverable deviation from the plan. How can we help minimize the risk when it comes to scope definition in construction projects?
This is an exploration of the importance of first-cost estimates in engineering projects and how they are used to decide whether to go ahead with market studies and engineering development—or dismiss the project.
With the profession moving forward into new territory, let us reflect and look back at our roots to ensure we are bringing forward those key lessons for continued success on our projects, programs and portfolios.
Brownfield redevelopments can provide relief for crowded cities—if project teams effectively manage risks. Cities are getting more crowded—and looking for new ways to make sure no space is wasted.
|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.|
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.
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.
Taking cues from Brazil, the next Olympic host cities try to rein in costs.