09 Aug 2019 Project Controls News

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MAKE YOUR PROJECT PLANNING SESSION AS PRODUCTIVE AS POSSIBLE

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There are many different types of meetings, such as project kick-off meetings and weekly status updates but the project planning session is especially important. It is one of the centrepieces of the project planning phase in the project management lifecycle and is the direct precursor to the project plan which will set out the timeline, deliverables and processes for the project itself.  Read more...

UNDERSTANDING P6 - WHEN ACTIVITIES USE RETAINED LOGIC, PROGRESS OVERRIDE AND ACTUAL DATES

Understanding how P6 Calculates with the Scheduling Options “When scheduling activities use” of Retained Logic, Progress Override and Actual Dates by Paul E Harris
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The Oracle Primavera P6 Scheduling Options “When scheduling activities use” are often not well understood.  There are three options in P6 for calculating the finish date of a successor when the successor activity has started before the predecessor activity is finished:

  • Retained Logic
  • Progress Override
  • Actual Dates

The paper by Paul E Harris outlines how these options operate and demonstrate the issues with some of the options.

These options are similar the Microsoft Project Schedule option “Split in-progress tasks” and Asta Power Project “Relink around completed tasks”, but there are some interesting differences between the way the different software packages calculate.

Click on this link to read this article on how these P6 Scheduling Options calculate.

To see more explanations like this then please consider purchasing this P6 book by Paul Harris which is available in many formats, paperback, spiral, Kobo, Kindle and iTunes.

The book is intended to be used as a self-teach book and user guide, or a training manual for a three-day training course.

PowerPoint slide shows are available for training companies to purchase and pdf versions are available for free to educational organisations. 

More information and links to sellers at this web site: https://www.eh.com.au/PP6V18PPM.html

Published by Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, Microsoft Project, Oracle Primavera P6 and Elecosoft Powerproject books and training material publishers.

https://www.eh.com.au

ARES 5 PILLARS OF PROJECT CONTROLS

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This white paper explores the fundamental elements required to deliver a mature, effective and robust project controls capability. The aim of every project controls team should be the delivery of actionable information, at the right time, in the appropriate format and correctly contextualized. This information is the basis for decision making and is critical for all types of projects regardless of size and complexity. 

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A JOB TRAVELLLING ROUND THE WORLD?

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What’s a day in the life of our Projects Director like? We asked John Lister about travelling around the world for RPCuk, and those days he works from his shed.  Read more...

ROADSHOW AUSTRALIA

Is Australia ready for the future of Project Controls?

Australia is having a big project boom that was unimaginable a few years ago. With the increasing population of the big cities, projects multiply in construction, infrastructure, oil & gas, and process industries.

However, without the right project cost management system, major projects could lead to huge cost overruns.

Cleopatra Enterprise accelerates project success by providing an integrated project cost management solution for the entire project lifecycle. Integrated cost estimating, scheduling, cost management, and benchmarking helps you build the project controls capabilities needed to stay on time and within budget.

3 project control events in Australia...

To learn more about our integrated approach, schedule a meeting immediately with us in Australia or attend one of our learning and networking events.

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Sydney | Cleopatra Lunch & Learn

Topic: Metrics & KPIs in Project Cost Management - How to use and communicate.

23 Aug 12:00 - 1:30 pm

In collaboration with TBH Read more...

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Perth | Afterwork Networking and Learning

Topic: Integrated Software Based Project Controls on Major Capital Projects.

29 Aug 5:30 - 7.00 pm

An AACEI event Read more...

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Melbourne | 2 Day Cost Estimating & Project Control Foundations Course

Instructors: Laurie Bowman CCP PSP EVP DRMP Principal, Synchrony.

Gideon Klipstein Vice President Cleopatra Enterprise.

5 - 6 September

Hosted by Engineers Australia Read more...

ITS HERE - CHINESE GOVERNMENT USE OUR GUILD OF PROJECT CONTROLS STANDARDS IN CHINA

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NEWS... NEWS... NEWS... 

The Chinese Government have translated the Guild of Project Controls' Compendium of Best Tested & Proven Practices to enable their very first COMPETENCY certification in Project Controls in Beijing.  Now live...

The official first eddition is being distributed to the committee members in August.

CLEOPATRA PROJECT BENCHMARKING

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Compare the performance of projects. Improve the accuracy of the future cost estimates.

Tracking the performance of your projects, Cleopatra Benchmark serves as ‘corporate memory’ for high-level decision making.

With Cleopatra, you can extract metrics from executed and running projects, discover trends in key cost drivers and ratios, compare performance of projects and common assets, and improve the accuracy and reliability of the future cost estimates.  Request a demo...

REMOVE RESOURCE COSTS FROM PRIMAVERA P6 XER FILE

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If you’re a project scheduler, you’ve probably been in a situation where you need to send a project file to others, but want to preserve specific information hidden. 

This short article explains in more details how to quickly remove resource costs, expenses and similar data from XER schedules and prepare your files for sharing with project stakeholders.

Learn More...

ScheduleCleanerTM introduces new features in version 2.1 in response to the growing user feedback.  Learn More...

Free Trial Available - contact@schedulecleaner.com

NOW AVAILABLE – PRISM GO ON-DEMAND WEBINAR

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Watch our 30-minute webinar showcasing PRISM Go to see how this web-based extension to PRISM G2’s enterprise project controls software allows remote access into the core data set. Explore how users can easily update project data in real-time to improve project efficiency, accuracy, and increase visibility to management.  

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SUSPENSION OF WORK ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS - FREE PROFESSIONAL PAPER AVAILABLE

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A suspension of work typically occurs when an owner directs a contractor to stop working on all or part of a project.  Work can also incur a full or partial suspension due to outside forces, such inability to have access to a site. The result of the suspension may or may not cause a delay to the project and there may or may not be compensable damages associated with the delay.  These issues and more were recently discussed at Construction Claims, which is making available free construction expert Jim Zack's just-published paper that includes a 12-point test for recovery of damages.  Read more... 

NEW ARTICLE ON THE SCHEDULEREADER BLOG

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Top 8 Reasons for Delays in Construction Projects

Successful completion of projects on time is subject to many variables and unpredictable factors, which result from many sources.

In this article we outline some of the main reasons for delays in construction projects. Learn More...

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YOU CAN PLAN 1 YEAR IN ADVANCE - REMEMBER THIS

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Three Full Days Where Professional Planner Schedulers Gather to Discuss and Improve Critical Path Method Analysis Knowledge.  

Early bird rate of $825 is good through 20 Jun 19 More information at www.ConstructionCPM.com.

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HELLO, HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR JOBS PAGE LATELY? 

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We have lots of colleagues who keep asking if we can recommend good people, so it may be worthwhile checking the projectcontrols job listings our team are collating...

There's a few good projectcontrols  and planning opportunities which might interest you...

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COMPETENCY MEASUREMENT REPORTS FOR YOU, YOUR TEAM or YOUR COMPANY

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We are now offering CONFIDENTIAL Project Controls Competency Measurements for our members!  

From this report, you will receive a summary, similar to the one presented above, showing your teams, company’s or projects "Competency Performance Index" across the full Project Controls capability arena.   If you are interested in transforming Project Controls capability and team measurement, and would like to find out more, click here.

PROJECT CONTROLS MENTOR TOOLBOX

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Contact PPAdmin@planningplanet.com if you would like to learn about getting our Project Controls Toolbox for...

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RATES, NORMS & DURATIONS

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ALTERNATIVE TO PRIMAVERA AND ASTA?

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A superior alternative to the "most popular" software for us as planners?

Spider Project offers numerous unique functional features and is the only PM software that optimizes resource, cost, and material constrained schedules and budgets for projects and portfolios. 

Check it out here...

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THE GUILD OF PROJECT CONTROLS COMPENDIUM AND REFERENCE

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The Compendium and Reference (CaR) is a document which forms The Guild Standards.

The CaR is a living document being continually improved, supplemented and updated by the Guild community to reflect improvements to practices, opinions and methods in our chosen profession. The Guild is ready to receive suggestions at any time for updates to the CaR Standards.  Take a look here.

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What is needed to come up with a production rate? A duration of time, the manhours involved, and an amount of work produced? Take a look and get involved.

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JOBS

This has been dusty and quiet place for some time now. We have been liaising with recruiters, headhunters and talent managers plus a ream of corporate leaders and very soon we will have the largest live repository of project controls jobs in the world. Check back soon.

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