06 Sep 2019 Project Controls News

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PROJECT CHALLENGE EXPO - 2019

Claim your free visitors pass - for further details and a full exhibitor list visit Project Challenge... 
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FREE MASTERCLASS: HOW TO GET A DELAY CLAIM TO THE FINISH LINE

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If you have ever wondered what Forensic Schedule Analysis is and how you can effectively assess and present a delay claim, you are going to learn a ton from Chris Carson.

Chris is a thought leader on Forensic Schedule Analysis and is going to conduct a masterclass on “How to Get a Delay Claim to the Finish Line.”  

Don’t miss it out. Limited seats are available.  Read more...

 A HEALTHY SKEPTICISM

As a fellow who spent over 15 years as an engineer/ draftsman on large Processing industrial plants and was with them through their construction I have my doubts on how much BIM has helped the construction phases of projects. I have a strong belief that BIM has great potential of aiding the concept and construction design phases of a project, but having been around construction for over 55 years see it significantly increasing construction efficiency and reducing construction problems. 
 Let’s use a few random model drawings pulled from the Internet to discuss the subject a little further:
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The above examples are without a doubt neat and would have ben a challenge to do on a drafting board.

However, they are of no help to those constructing this project, once the basic construction flow was decided.

What is needed to prove BIM usefulness is articles and white papers that show BIM examples that really help day-to-day construction and detailed examples showing how BIM accomplished helping construction flow and method.

I challenge those in the construction industry to fill the Internet with “Real Construction Examples” _not ads, not general non-descriptive rhetoric.

Show how BIM fits into the construction workflow and is integrated with the planning process. How BIM headed-off a problem or impact, a non-constructible workflow plan. Equipment, systems, ductwork, piping that was inadequately planned and detailed.

Truly show that BIM is a useful and needed tool.

Gordon H. Aronson, P.E.

President, Vision consultants, LLC

gordona@visionconsultants.com

ASTA POWEPROJECT VERSION 15 BOOK AND TRAINING MATERIAL

Asta Powerproject was purchased by Elecosoft some time ago and with the release of Powerproject Version 15 the term Asta has been dropped from the name.

Eastwood Harris recently published by book and PowerPoint training material on Powerproject Version 15. Many people still know the software as Asta Powerproject, so I have retained the term “Asta” in the name of my book as this term is so well known, but I will drop this term in my next release of the book.

This book is intended to be used as a self-teach book and user guide, or a training manual for a two-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...

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

Visit Eastwood Harris...

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3 REASONS WHY ENTERPRISES ARE UPGRADING FROM CA/CLARITY TO CLARIZEN

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In enterprises, few things — not even the much-loved coffee machine — are permanent and unchanging year after year.  Here are three core reasons why leading enterprises have elevated to Clarizen, and gone from facing daily struggles and setbacks, to enjoying massive collaborative work management improvements and ongoing performance excellence: Read the blog...

PROJECT SCHEDULE BASELINES AND PERIODIC UPDATES

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Reviewing Baseline and Updated schedules is similar in some ways but different in many ways. The baseline schedule is at the outset of a project where no actual construction or procurement facts are solidified.

It is essentially an educated guess.. 

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ORACLE PRIMAVERA CLOUD TO CAPTURE, ASSESS, MONITOR, AND MITIGATE PROJECT AND PROGRAM RISK

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Are you attending this year’s Project Challenge Expo? Stop by and see us on stands 45/46, and don’t miss a fascinating presentation from RPCuk Director Peter Gable. He looks at how Oracle Primavera Cloud is used to capture, assess, monitor, and mitigate project AND program risk across the enterprise, avoiding delays or cost overruns and helping ensure successful outcomes. Details here...

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.

DEALING WITH NEGATIVE WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR

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For managers, keeping a tight-knit team focused on the tasks at hand and pulling in the same direction is basically their job description. One thing that can completely destroy this team unity, however, is negative workplace behavior. This can range from making team members mildly uncomfortable to harassment and bullying, so for a start it’s good to recognize that negative workplace behavior can encompass many things.  Read more...

HOW TO ERASE POBS DATA?

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Find out how ScheduleCleaner can quickly help you remove all POBS data from you XER files:  Read more...

ScheduleCleanerTM is a desktop application for Windows, which allows users to remove or anonymize sensitive or confidential data such as: costs, units, rates, project progress, POBS and more within XER project files.

WHAT IS SCHEDULEREADER? A FULL REVIEW

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Are you a project scheduler, planner involved in construction and you need to review schedules exported from Primavera P6

Then you might be interested in learning more about the ScheduleReader application: Read more...

 

 

YOU CAN PLAN 1 YEAR IN ADVANCE - REMEMBER THIS

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Construction CPM Conference next event is 19-22 January 2020 at Disney World Florida.  

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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CAN A PROJECT HAVE TWO CRITICAL PATHS AND OTHER CP QUESTIONS

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The critical path method is a common and extremely useful method for calculating the optimum order of completion of vital interdependent tasks.

As projects can be large and critical paths unwieldy, a question that’s often asked of the method is can a project have two critical paths? In fact, it can have even more than two if necessary. Read the blog...

PROJECT CONTROLS MENTOR TOOLBOX

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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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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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