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Alvaro Achury

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ALVARO ACHURY, senior / lead planner with more than 15 years of experience

I am fluent in English and Spanish. I read and speak in French but I can not write it.

My background is Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Project Management. My thesis work and later studies have all been focused on project management.

I have worked in many countries and different cultures ( Canada, Colombia, Iraq, Jamaica, Morocco and United Arab Emirates ) and different industries (Oil & Gas, Mining & Metals, Power & Automation, Chemicals)

My main skill is "Adaptability"... I like to travel and work in new projects... I like to learn about new projects so I always get to study how things works, to know how projects work so that I can really help better to plan the project and propose ideas/solutions.

I believe the "schedule" is a communication tool.. so I like to convert complex project situations or complex schedules into simple schedules, schematics or diagrams so that the project management and different stakeholders can easily understand the project and take better decisions.

I am also a very organized and proactive person in my work... and, as a good engineer, I like to do my work in a logical and efficient way. I also believe that projects are like puzzles so that is why I like to know how they work so that I can help to put the pieces together.


E X P E R I E N C E :

CHEVRON Canada     Jan 2014 - Present

Kitimat LNG (2 x 5.5 MTpa) to produce and export 11 Million Tons of LNG per year

-          Site Lead Plannerfor the Project Site Early Works and Infrastructure

-          Overview of the project EPC Contractor (FLUOR) planning efforts


BECHTEL Canada   Apr 2010 – Jan 2014

Kitimat Modernization Project400.000Tons/year Aluminum Smelter on Kitimat, BC  for Rio Tinto Alcan.

-          Senior Plannerfor Pre-Feasibility & FEED studies, Early Works (Cleaning&Demolition, BrownField works, prep works) and Construction Works

-          Master and detailed schedules (level 1 to 5), March Charts, Line of Balance schedules. Resources loaded schedule level 3 in Primavera 6, WBS, critical paths analysis, progress & resource curves, comparative installation curves, schematic schedules, Primavera Risk Analysis. Contracts & Procurement schedules for major equipment and long lead items


GRANITE Services Int. (General Electric)   Dec 2004 – Sep 2009  (Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Morocco)

SeniorSite Planner / Site Lead planner / Cost Controls for General Electric’s Power Plants Projects in Africa and Middle East

-          Master schedules Level 1 to 5 in Primavera P3 and MS Project, WBS, critical paths analysis, payment/progress and performance measurements, analysis of historical data and variances, review of trend indicators, alternatives for recovery plans and corrective actions with stakeholders, monthly, weekly and daily reporting of project data in an accurate and timely manner for the following projects :

-          300MW Centrale Turbine a Gaz de Mohammedia 3 x 9E   for “Office National de l’Electricité” (ONE) in Morocco.

-          660MW Al Zawra Power Plant for Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) in the United Arab Emirates.

-          440MW Hamriyah Power Plant, Gas Plant, & 2*10MW Emergency Diesel Generators Plant (Wartzila) for Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) in the United Arab Emirates.

-          220MW Baghdad-South Power Plant, Fuel Oil treatment plant, Water Treatment plant & storage tanks for BECHTEL as part of IRAQ’s reconstruction plan.


PETROBRAS (by Tecnicontrol SA)   Dec 2002 – Apr 2004   -  Colombia

Planning Engineer and Cost Controlsfor PETROBRAS on the development of Oil Production Facilities, Gas Plants and Petroleum Pump Stations in Colombia

-          Project master schedule in MS Project, schedules for critical procurement items and construction critical paths, progress measurement by S curves and trend indicators.

-          Development of Look-ahead schedules and Weekly & Monthly reports as per stakeholder requirements.

-          Cost control and Contractor invoices approvals using SAP. Development of Cost & schedule interactive reporting tool in MS Excel.

-          Training of junior cost controllers and schedulers


Schrader Camargo SA Intl Ltd.  Feb 2000 – Oct 2002  (Colombia, Jamaica)

Project Engineer. Mechanical Engineer, QA/QC, Projects administration and procurement for required materials, services, and shortages. Cost Controls, Project funds supervision, Contractors and Vendors payment supervision. Human Resources department supervision, hiring and training new employees.  Assisting on project scheduling, and related activities for the following projects:

-          120MW Bogue´s Combined Cycle Power Plant 2 x 6B (General Electric), for JAMAICA Public Services Co. Ltd.  (JPS Co. Ltd.).

-          Tocancipa’s Pump Station and Terminal for Gas & Fuel Oil Distribution  for Ecopetrol SA - Colombia.

-          Upgrade of OMIMEX’s oil production facilities in Colombia

-          100Ton Incinerator Repairs & Start up. Monomeros Colombo–Venezolanos S.A. Colombia

-          Upgrade of Oil Production Facilities for HOCOL S.A.  Colombia


C R E D I T S :

PMP certification in 2004, Project Management Diploma at UCLA in 2004 (University of California, Los Angeles), Mechanical Engineering 1999, Primavera P6, Primavera P3, Primavera Risk Analysis, MS Project, MS Office (proficient in MsExcel)

More than Twelve years of experience in project controls (planning & cost controls) in large projects (up to $3.4 Billion Dollars) on Chemical, Petroleum, Power and Mining industries.

Mechanical Engineer with Experience in several areas of project management: such as Procurement, Human resource, Project Administration, Project coordination, Site engineer, Quality control, Project Scheduling and Cost Controls

Professional Since: 
Feb-2000 (21.9 yrs experience)
Oldest experience: 
Dec 2004 (17.0 yrs experience, WARNING: 4.8 years variance with Professional Since)
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