Two major conferences about management simulations



Reported by Rüdiger Geist in Zurich

24 July 2017 – Zurich, Switzerland – Two major conferences have occurred in Europe related to management simulations, including many project management simulations, which might be of interest to those involved with management training services and technologies.

48th ISAGA world conference July 2017 in Delft, The Netherlands

ISAGA is the International Simulation and Gaming Association, founded in 1970. The primary mission of ISAGA is to establish a serious and fruitful scientific discussion and to prove that gaming simulation is effective. Later, several additional associations were founded that cooperate closely with ISAGA (e.g. Japan-based JASAG; SAGANET in the Netherlands; SAGSAGA in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, etc.).

Five days
full of keynotes, workshops, gaming sessions and social activities, where participants from all over the world gave insight to their work, also related to project management topics.


31st European Simulation and Gaming Forum in June 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany on “Simulation Games – Designing Interaction”

This forum is the largest manufacturers’ independent conference for Simulation and Gaming. Taking place every two years, this forum wants to show the variety of simulation games methodology and future developments. Also, the forum wants to get gamers an opportunity to meet and talk about possible further applications.

Together with the conference, the “German Simulation And Gaming Award” is presented for outstanding final theses on the subject of simulation games. This year a thesis about project management simulations won the second price. Bettina Schedler from the University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria developed a criteria catalogue for the selection of project management simulations.



Jacobs to manage wind farm project in Australia


20 July 2017 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering has announced that it has been appointed by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) to carry out the project management and owners engineers’ roles for a proposed 200 Megawatt wind farm in Western New South Wales, Australia.

The AUD$450 million (US$356 million) Silverton Wind Farm will produce approximately 780,000 Megawatt hours of renewable energy annually, enough to power more than 137,000 average Australian homes. The energy produced from the wind farm’s 58 turbines is predicted to reduce CO2 emissions by 655,000 tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking 192,000 cars off the road each year.

PARF is a partnership created by Australian energy company AGL Energy Limited (AGL) to develop, own and manage approximately 1,000 Megawatts of large-scale renewable energy infrastructure assets and projects. The PARF’s equity partners include AGL and QIC, on behalf of its clients the Future Fund and those invested in the QIC Global Infrastructure Fund. The Future Fund is a sovereign wealth fund which aims to invest in projects that benefit future generations of Australians.

“Jacobs has a proven history in successfully delivering all types of renewable power generation projects,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Patrick Hill. “In wind, we have completed hundreds of projects globally and we have an extensive history in this market in Australia, especially working with AGL.

“This project builds on the support we have provided AGL in the renewables market, delivering two of Australia’s largest solar power plants at Nyngan and Broken Hill. Jacobs will provide leading edge project management capabilities combined with our engineering skills to help AGL deliver this landmark project,” added Hill.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $10 billion, Jacobs serves industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, the company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries. For more, visit http://www.jacobs.com

Source: Jacobs Engineering Group



Hill International to Support Major Expansion Program at the Port of Piraeus in Greece



7 July 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Athens, Greece – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract to provide construction supervision services in support of a €350 million ($399 million) Capital Expenditure Program for the Piraeus Port Authority in Greece.  The four-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately €2.4 million ($2.7 million).

The Port of Piraeus is the largest port in Greece, the largest passenger port in Europe and the third busiest port in the world.  Spanning more than 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) along the coast, it has an aggregate area exceeding 5 million square meters (53.8 million square feet).  The Capital Expenditure Program entails upgrading and expanding the port’s infrastructure, including a new cruise terminal, dredging projects and facilities improvements.

The Program, expected to be complete by August 2021, will elevate the Port’s status as a key transportation hub in Europe, triggering further investments into other sectors of the economy. Hill was appointed as the Port Authority’s Independent Engineer, monitoring all aspects of the implementation of the Capital Expenditure Program.

“This is a major foreign direct investment and a project of national significance for Greece,” said Emmanouil Sigalas, Vice President with Hill International. “We are honored by this appointment and we look forward to supporting its delivery,” added Sigalas.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 professionals in more than 50 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth largest construction management firm in the United States.  For more information on Hill, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International



Study reveals main causes of project management issues in UK



Nation-wide study of 500 professionals within the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors, shows rate of overrunning projects.

13 June 2017 – London, UK – A new study of 500 professionals companies in the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors conducted for software provider Access Group, reveals that more than 75% of projects overrun due to ‘a lack of resource’ and ‘poor time management.’

Access Group commissioned One Poll to survey 500 professionals within the IT, Telecoms, Marketing and Engineering sectors who manage projects on a daily basis. The online survey was completed during 5-9 May 2017.

Among the key findings:

  • Only 25 respondents were able to say that less than 10% of their projects stayed on schedule
  • 15% of respondents claimed that a lack of tools was the main reason for projects overrunning
  • The East of England was found to be the least efficient amongst the regions, with their projects overrunning between 91%-100% of the time

Steve Berridge, Director, Access Group commented: “Utilisation is a key metric within any project based company. It’s important to understand the individuals within the organisation and where they’re spending their time to make sure their time is focussed on fee related activity rather than non-fee related activity, such as internal meetings and proposal writing. Too many organisations can recruit more than they need, therefore bringing in more cost to a business without considering utilisation first.”

Access Group is a business software provider headquartered in London with over 900 staff across 14 offices in the UK. Learn more at http://www.theaccessgroup.com/

For further information contact Saima.zulkernain@tugagency.com



Hill International Receives Project Management Contract from the University of Texas System



15 May 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction of the University of Texas System to provide project management services during the construction of various higher education and healthcare capital projects.

Services to be provided by Hill under the contract are expected to include staff augmentation in the areas of project management, construction management, construction inspection, cost and schedule control, administration, construction project auditing and other areas associated with design and construction of the university’s capital projects.

“We are proud to have supported the University of Texas System on their capital program since 2007,” said Robert A. Ferguson, CCPM, LEED AP, Senior Vice President and Southern Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are confident that our team will continue to deliver exceptional service to our client,” added Ferguson.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,300 professionals in more than 70 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the eighth largest construction management firm in the United States.  For more information on Hill, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International



Los Angeles World Airports Appoints Jacobs as Project and Construction Manager



Role to support multi-billion dollar construction program at Los Angeles International Airport

10 May 2017 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Jacobs has announced that it has been awarded a seven-year professional services prime contract for project and construction management by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to support its Landside Access Modernization Program, Airline/Tenant Improvement Program and Capital Improvement Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The City of Los Angeles anticipates an increase in travel into the Southern California region resulting from the addition of new entertainment facilities, a sports stadium and a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In anticipation of this growth, and with the intent of improving the overall guest experience, LAWA has initiated the planning and development of more than $14 billion in capital improvements at LAX.

Jacobs’ role includes a broad range of project and construction support services to deliver programs from definition to construction and final closeout. Services include planning; project, construction and design management; construction logistics and impact analysis; staff training and development; change management; and environmental reporting. Jacobs is supporting LAWA as the operator guides and approves major improvement plans by its airline tenants at LAX including Delta, United and Southwest Airlines.

“Jacobs has partnered with Los Angeles World Airports for the past 15 years, delivering both airside and landside projects,” said Bob Pragada, Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure and Industrial. “Around the world, we’ve worked in collaborative roles for several major terminal and runway expansion projects and we look forward to contributing our proven expertise to help implement this program and solidify LAX as one of the great airports of the world.”

Jacobs provides professional services to aviation markets globally, including supporting programs for international airports such as LAX, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, LaGuardia, Heathrow, Brisbane, Melbourne, Manchester and Dubai. Jacobs’ services range from strategic planning and financial consulting to planning, design, program, construction and asset management.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering



Major Projects Association launches Knowledge Hub



Gower’s former chief editor joins MPA in UK to manage Major Projects Knowledge Hub

24 April 2017 – Oxford, UK – The Major Projects Association (MPA) has announced the launch of their Major Projects Knowledge Hub. The Hub consists of two elements: a knowledge repository, where users can access and add insight from their own major projects in a way that allows the material to be freely used, modified and further shared; and a major projects community, where they can communicate, interact and connect directly with their peers.  The following is based on the MPA news release.

This is a substantial undertaking. MPA is connecting users not only with their own content but also with insight drawn from as many learning legacy and other knowledge hubs that are happy to collaborate. The development site isn’t yet complete but already contains abstracts and links into the material in the Crossrail and London 2012 Learning Legacies. MPA is endeavouring to encourage and facilitate a community of practice to model and share the behaviour associated with social learning.

The speed of change, complexity and uncertainty associated with major projects such as large infrastructure, social, government or business transformation requires an ability to draw on the data, techniques and lessons of every major project as it happens and to problem solve, learn and collaborate in real time.

Whilst organizations espouse the idea of continuous, work-based learning, few have yet built the requirement or the processes into their projects. And there are plenty of questions we need to answer if we are to be successful: how can we attract and motivate sufficient people from all levels within organizations? How can we encourage their organizations to provide them with the time and support to look up from the pressure of day-to-day processes? How can we overcome a natural risk aversion and reticence to share amongst businesses, large and small? How do we help all those involved to identify and realise the often apparently, intangible value associated with working collaboratively?

On the other hand, the benefits, if we can realise them, are substantial. Faster problem solving; access to pertinent data and experience for any organization trying something for the first time; a culture of sharing and collaboration that will break down siloes inside the business; employees who are instilled with an understanding of risk and opportunity and motivated to continually question and improve. And the benefits should extend to the UK PLC; with better projects; improved return on investment and the growth of the kind of skills that both industry and government require for us to succeed post-Brexit.

Given the complex challenge we have set ourselves, we are keen to build on any insight and prior knowledge we can find. Do you already have experience in solving some of these obstacles to collaboration? Have you been involved in the development of knowledge sharing or community of practice activities? If you are willing to share your advice and experience with us, then please contact Jonathan Norman, Major Projects Knowledge Hub Manager (knowledgehub@majorprojects.org or Tel: 07387 268596).

The Major Projects Association (MPA) is a member association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios.  Established in 1981 and based in Oxford, England, MPA was founded specifically for sharing experience, knowledge and ideas about major projects – both successes and failures – to help others avoid mistakes and to incorporate good practice, in order that future projects would be better initiated and delivered.  Membership comprises organisations engaged in a wide range of commercial and public enterprises, operating in a wide variety of fields.  For more information, visit www.majorprojects.org.



Wicresoft announces Acquisition of Tivitie



30 March 2017 – Bellevue, WA, USA – Wicresoft, a strategic Microsoft Partner and leading global professional services company with North American headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, announced the acquisition of Tivitie, a leading provider of Project and Business Productivity Management solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud. Tivitie’s San Diego, California headquarters will expand Wicresoft’s footprint to provide services coast to coast, across the United States, and abroad.

Tivitie, with their innovative, client-focused Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) products and solutions, including Tivitie Connect, Dynamics 365 PSA, Tivitie Insights, their family of Planner products, and an outstanding team of delivery professionals, expands Wicresoft’s capabilities and offerings in the Microsoft Cloud Productivity Suite. Tivitie’s industry focused solutions, such as Scaled Agile Management, will allow Wicresoft to capitalize on a tremendous growth opportunity spawned by the trend of more and more organizations incorporating agile methodologies within their PMO.

Tivitie’s customer-centric philosophy, innovative breadth of products, and Microsoft certified professionals are a natural complement to Wicresoft’s existing portfolio of solutions. This acquisition, along with the existing investment in the PPM space, positions Wicresoft as one of the nation’s strongest leaders in the Microsoft PPM and Business Productivity Suite while providing Tivitie’s customers with a larger global footprint.

“We are excited to team up with a company that shares our vision to revolutionize project and business productivity in the market, and most importantly, our commitment to investing in Tivitie’s products and customers,” said Joe Larscheid, CEO of Tivitie LLC.

Wicresoft offers consulting services, managed services and IT staffing throughout North America and around the globe with offices in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States. With over 6,500 employees, Wicresoft provides services to many of the largest Fortune 500 companies that includes over 2,700 Microsoft dedicated resources. Wicresoft North America offices are in Bellevue, WA (HQ), Chicago, New Jersey and North Carolina with sales, recruiting, operational and delivery staff located throughout the U.S.

Tivitie connects teams with Project and Business Productivity Management Applications built on the Microsoft Cloud.  Through automation, centralization, and an enriched user experience, Tivitie’s solutions drive productivity that increases revenue, reduces employee inefficiencies and delivers business value consistently – every time. Tivitie specializes in a “people first” approach, believing that the innovation, creativity and power needed to transform your business lies within your people, not within technology alone.  Tivitie’s team has been empowering organizations to engage and connect through Microsoft technology for more than 17 years.

For more info. go to wsna.io

Source: Wicresoft and PRNewswire



Hill International to Manage Construction of the Überseequartier Süd Development in Hamburg



1 March 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Hamburg, Germany – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from Unibail-Rodamco to provide project management and site supervision services in connection with the Überseequartier Süd mixed-use development in Hamburg, Germany.

The €960 million ($1.02 billion) Überseequartier Süd development will be the centerpiece of HafenCity in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany.  With 3.5 million residents within an hour’s driving time, HafenCity is considered to be one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in Europe with a land mass of approximately 2.2 square kilometers (0.85 square miles).

The Überseequartier Süd development will comprise 14 iconic buildings including 1150 hotel rooms, residential, entertainment and office facilities.  It will also feature a cruise terminal, a below grade light rail metro and, an interconnected retail space with 200 stores.  All buildings will be Gold BREEAM certified, the European standard for sustainable building.

“This is one of the largest developments in Europe and a landmark project in Germany,” said Jeffrey Sújar Blanco, Vice President with Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are extremely excited to be part of such an iconic project,” added Sújar.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,300 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information, visit http://www.hillintl.com/.

Source: Hill International



Jacobs Acquires Aquenta Consulting in Australia



Acquisition positions company as leading integrated project services provider in Asia Pacific

29 January 2017 – Dallas, TX, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced that it has acquired Aquenta Consulting, a leading provider of integrated project services to public and private sector clients in Australia. Aquenta helps owners, operators and investors in infrastructure and property assets achieve their objectives at a strategic, portfolio, program and project level. The 220-person business has been acquired from Amec Foster Wheeler, which has owned Aquenta, formerly known as Currie & Brown, since 2010.

For more than 60 years, Aquenta has been providing services on multi-billion dollar projects spanning multiple market segments. Projects have been carried out across Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Europe. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Aquenta brings leading edge skills in cost management, project planning and controls, project and risk management, contract, commercial and dispute services, along with asset and facilities management. This comprehensive suite of services significantly complements the existing capability which Jacobs provides its clients.

“The acquisition of Aquenta further strengthens our Asia Pacific Buildings and Infrastructure business, expands our global capability in integrated project services, and is in line with the strategic plan we announced late last year at our Investor Day,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Buildings and Infrastructure Patrick Hill. “This is particularly important as we continue to build our reputation for the delivery of high value project management services across the growing Asia Pacific Buildings and Infrastructure market. The integration of Aquenta with Jacobs will serve to strengthen the value proposition we have been jointly providing to clients on more than 50 projects over the past ten years. We welcome the Aquenta team into Jacobs.”

“Joining Jacobs provides a tremendous business opportunity for our people and our clients through expanded services, capability, resources and geographic reach,” said Managing Director of Aquenta, Mike McCloskey. “Together, our complementary skills will help to build on the excellent track record of success that Jacobs has established in the delivery of multi-disciplinary services to clients across the globe.”

The joint Jacobs and Aquenta offering is highly relevant to the particularly buoyant Australian transport infrastructure market where ongoing work will continue for clients such as Transport for New South Wales and Public Transport Victoria. In addition, the high-end expertise will underpin further growth in integrated project services in other sectors and geographies with immediate opportunities for growth in New Zealand and the Middle East, supporting Jacobs’ projects on both client-side roles and the construction contractor community.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $10 billion, Jacobs offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, Jacobs employs more than 54,000 people and operates in over 25 countries. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering



Hill International receives $35 million project management oversight contract in California



10 January 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA, USA and – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to provide project management oversight and construction management services in connection with VTA’s highway, roadway, pedestrian/bicycle, transit and facility projects.  The five-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $35.0 million.

170110-pmwj54-Hill-IMAGEVTA is an independent special district responsible for bus and light rail operations, congestion management, specific highway improvement projects and countywide transportation planning.  VTA is both an accessible transit provider and multi-modal transportation planning organization involved with transit, highways, roadways, bikeways, and pedestrian facilities.

“We look forward to supporting VTA’s mission of providing sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation projects,” said Michael B. Smith, Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We are confident that our team will deliver on all expectations,” added Smith.

Hill International, with 4,400 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.   For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International



Parsons Wins Project Management Firm of the Year Award in Middle East



30 October 2016 – Pasadena, California, USA – Parsons has announced that it recently won the Project Management Firm of the Year Award at the Construction Innovation Awards. Sponsored by BNC Publishing, the awards showcase exceptional leaders in the Middle East region. The ceremony was held in Dubai on October 19, 2016.

161030-pmwj52-parsons-adams“We are honored to receive the Project Management Firm of the Year award. This is a wonderful reward and recognition for all the talented Parsons project managers and teams employed in the region who contribute to our success,” said Gary Adams, Parsons Group President (pictured).

Parsons’ core business is the management of large, complex, multisite programs. Recognized as an industry leader and repeatedly ranked as one of the top 10 program management firms by Engineering News-Record, Parsons is known for delivering experienced leadership, best practices, and innovative solutions to each new program challenge. The company uses Parsons’ Project Management System and IT capabilities to identify and address potential concerns early in a program to achieve successful outcomes.

Parsons has been working in the MEA region for more than 60 years and has offices in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. Parsons’ portfolio of ongoing projects in the MEA region includes major hospitals, public schools, universities, mosques, and other public buildings, as well as oil and gas, highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports, ports, and water infrastructure.

Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, industrial, federal, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more, visit www.parsons.com,

Source: Parsons



Jacobs Relocates Global Headquarters to Dallas



24 October 2016 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group, one of America’s largest and best known project services companies, announced today it has moved its headquarters from Pasadena, California to Dallas, expanding its current footprint in downtown Dallas’ Harwood Center (pictured below right). Pasadena served as Jacobs’ headquarters since it was founded by Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs in 1947.

161024-pmwj51-jacobs-hq-imageJacobs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Demetriou recently moved to Dallas along with several other key executives. With the new headquarters, the company employs more than 700 people in its Dallas and Fort Worth offices.

Demetriou said, “Jacobs had a long and successful history in Pasadena and will continue to employ more than 1,500 people in Southern California. Although our headquarters has relocated, we will maintain a strong workforce and office footprint across the state of California where we see ongoing expansion opportunities.

“As we continue to focus on transforming our business in terms of efficiency and high-growth in the engineering and construction industry, our new headquarters location ensures access to top talent and positions Jacobs for convenient access to our clients. In Dallas, we will also benefit from a business friendly economic and cultural environment.”

Throughout the State of Texas, Jacobs employs nearly 4,500 employees working in the Aerospace, Transportation, Water, Aviation, Buildings, Defense, Oil and Gas and Power and Energy industries.

“Texas is already home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, and I am proud to announce today it will be home to one more,” said Governor Abbott. “Because of our robust economic environment, more businesses are choosing to call Texas home. I would like to welcome Jacobs Engineering Group as the latest business to relocate its headquarters from California to the Lone Star State.”

Jacobs has had a presence in Dallas since 1987. The company currently occupies nearly 100,000 square feet at the Harwood Center in downtown.

“This is a remarkable day for the City of Dallas, as we are thrilled to land a headquarters of this stature,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I have no doubt this relocation will help attract a number of smart, young individuals to live and work in our city. On behalf of our City Council, we welcome Jacobs to Dallas.”

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. Jacobs offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Now based in Dallas, Texas, USA, with offices in 30 countries, Jacobs employs more than 50,000 people around the world. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering



Fluor and ABB Form Alliance to Deliver Large EPC Substation Projects Globally



Alliance combines ABB’s leading market position in power technologies with Fluor’s expertise in delivering large EPC projects

4 October 2016 – Irving, Texas, USA – Fluor Corporation has announced that it has formed a global strategic alliance with ABB for the execution of large turnkey engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) electrical substation projects. By combining ABB’s world leading technology and its market leadership position in power transmission and distribution with Fluor’s expertise and experience in delivering large EPC projects, the alliance will help to meet the evolving needs of power grids across the world for safe, reliable and state-of-the-art electrical substations.

“Fluor’s new global strategic alliance with ABB targeting the substation market will bring unique synergies to our Power clients,” said David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor. “This approach exemplifies our focus on addressing client needs with our unique integrated solutions offering.”

“We are proud to partner with Fluor to tap the vast opportunities of the ongoing energy revolution and the related power infrastructure investments. Together, we will grow our businesses by complementing each other’s strengths for unique customer services for large substation projects,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “Strategic alliances like this are a core pillar of our Next Level strategy and help us to drive growth while mitigating risk.”

Substations are key elements in power grid infrastructure that facilitate the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. They control and protect power flows, connect power stations to the grid, and link transmission and distribution networks as well as end consumers.

ABB is a world leader in air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,200 kV. These substations facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact, serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as sectors like railways, urban transportation and renewables.

“This global alliance with Fluor reinforces our strategic focus on developing new business models as part of the ongoing transformation of our business for enhanced customer value,” said Claudio Facchin, ABB president, Power Grids division.

Both parties will work together to formalize the partnership before year end.

About Fluor

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that designs, builds and maintains capital-efficient facilities for its clients on six continents. For more than a century, Fluor has served our clients by delivering innovative and integrated solutions across the globe. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 155 on the FORTUNE 500 list with revenue of $18.1 billion in 2015 and has more than 60,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.fluor.com

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. For more than four decades, ABB is writing the future of industrial digitalization. With more than 70 million devices connected through its installed base of more than 70,000 control systems across all customer segments, ABB is ideally positioned to benefit from the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolution. With a heritage of more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. More at www.abb.com

Source: Fluor Corporation


PRINCE2 Agile ® Certification now Easier to Obtain



PRINCE2 Agile® prerequisite updated to open certification up to millions of project managers worldwide

30 September 2016 – London, UK – Based on community feedback and the results of a successful pilot, AXELOS has taken the decision to lower the prerequisite for PRINCE2 Agile to PRINCE2® Foundation level in addition to a number of other recognized project management certifications. This means the door has been opened to millions of business professionals who are now eligible to take the PRINCE2 Agile qualification.

160930-pmwj51-axelos-logoPRINCE2 Agile combines the flexibility and responsiveness of agile delivery with the established and proven best practice framework of the world’s most recognized project management method, PRINCE2. It is supported by a manual, training, an examination and a globally recognized qualification.

Until today PRINCE2 Agile was only available to project managers with a current PRINCE2 Practitioner certification. Following a successful pilot in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, AXELOS is extending the trial globally, meaning PRINCE2 Agile training is now open to anyone with the PRINCE2 Foundation certification. This expansion will commence from the 1st October and is initially set to run until the end of 2017.

AXELOS has also opened PRINCE2 Agile up to other project management professionals who hold qualifications awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA), in recognition of the level of competence and understanding demonstrated by the candidates who hold these certifications.

Therefore in order to take PRINCE2 Agile, a candidate must hold only one of the below qualifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)

Nikos Paxos, AXELOS head of product experience, said: “The challenges faced by professionals today are becoming more varied and adopting Agile techniques is a perfect fit to help address these new demands. People appreciate the flexibility and the potential to deliver results sooner, which working in an agile way brings. That is why we have seen an increasing number of PRINCE2 Practitioners apply agile concepts to their project delivery.

“We believe that the update to the prerequisite will enable more organizations and end learners to benefit from adopting a more Agile approach to their business.”

The official PRINCE2 Agile publication is available via the AXELOS Store and training courses and exams, which can be taken either in a classroom or online, can be booked now with an Accredited Training Organization via the AXELOS Training Partner Finder. To celebrate this announcement, throughout October AXELOS is running PRINCE2 Agile Month, which involves a range of activities and offers. Until the 3rd November AXELOS’ official publisher TSO, is offering one month’s free subscription to the online version of PRINCE2 Agile as well as 25% of the hard copy of the official guidance. To find out more about the month, please visit www.AXELOS.com/PRINCE2-Agile-Month from the 3rd October.

For more information on PRINCE2 Agile please go to: www.AXELOS.com/PRINCE2agile


AXELOS is a joint venture company co-owned by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Capita plc. It is responsible for developing, enhancing and promoting a number of best practice methodologies used globally by professionals working primarily in project, programme and portfolio management, IT service management and cyber resilience.  The methodologies, including ITIL®, PRINCE2®, MSP® and the new collection of cyber resilience best practice products, RESILIA™, are adopted in more than 150 countries to improve employees’ skills, knowledge and competence in order to make both individuals and organizations work more effectively.  Visit www.AXELOS.com or contact Ask@AXELOS.com.

Media contact: simon.coughlin@capita.co.uk 

Source: AXELOS



Hill wins $10M program management contract for Amtrak in USA



Hill International Selected by Amtrak as Program Management Consultant for Multi-Billion-Dollar Gateway Program in New York and New Jersey

12 September 2016 – Philadelphia and New York, NY, USA – Hill International has announced that announced today that the company has been awarded a contract by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide program management support services in connection with the Gateway Program.  The initial three-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $10.0 million.

160912-pmwj51-hill-imageThe Gateway Program is a proposed set of strategic rail infrastructure improvements designed to improve current services and create new capacity that will allow the doubling of passenger trains running under the Hudson River.  The program will increase track, tunnel, bridge and station capacity, eventually creating four mainline tracks between Newark, New Jersey and Penn Station in New York City, including a new, two-track Hudson River tunnel.

The program also includes updates to, and modernization of, existing infrastructure, such as the electrical system that supplies power to the roughly 450 weekday trains using this segment of the Northeast Corridor, and rebuilding and replacing the damaged components of the existing, century-old Hudson River tunnel, which was inundated with seawater during Super Storm Sandy.  By eliminating the bottleneck in New York and creating additional tunnel, track, and station capacity in the most congested segment of the Northeast Corridor, the Gateway Program will provide greater levels of service, increased redundancy, added reliability for shared operations, and additional capacity for future increases in commuter and intercity rail service. To learn more, go to https://nec.amtrak.com/content/gateway-program

“We are very excited to be involved in helping Amtrak to manage this critically-needed infrastructure program,” said John Milano, P.E., Senior Vice President and Northeast Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,500 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services.  For more information, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International



Jacobs Successfully Completes Project Work for Sunstar Americas



Project management services provided for new manufacturing facility and headquarters

3 August 2016 – Pasadena, CA, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today that it has successfully completed project management services for Sunstar Americas, Inc.’s manufacturing facility and North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.

160803-pmwj49-jacobs-SUNSTARUnder the terms of the contract, Jacobs provided overall project management services, including risk, cost, schedule and relocation management; process support; manufacturing execution system development; and project execution mentoring. In addition to expanding the company’s manufacturing capacity, the 302,000 square-foot facility includes a research and design center, specialized manufacturing clean rooms and corporate offices.

In making the announcement, Jacobs Senior Vice President Specialty Chemicals Andrew Berryman stated, “Successfully completing this project with Sunstar demonstrates our global project management and engineering capabilities. We look forward to growing our relationship and providing Sunstar with additional support as they continue to expand their product offerings in various end markets.”

The new facility is home to approximately 400 Sunstar employees; the company anticipates that number to grow substantially in coming years.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. With annual revenues of over $10 billion, Jacobs offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets.  Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Based in Pasadena, California, USA, Jacobs has more than 200 offices in over 25 countries. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering



Planview acquires Innotas



New acquisition positions Planview as a leader for Work and Resource Management solutions

1 August 2016 – Austin, Texas, USA – Planview has acquired Innotas to significantly advance its cloud-based IT Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offering for small-to-mid size organizations. Bringing together Innotas and Planview creates the industry’s only provider of solutions that cover the complete spectrum of Work and Resource Management (WRM); addressing the needs of teams, departments, and entire organizations of every maturity level, spanning from the mid-market to global enterprises.

160801-pmwj49-planview-PHOTO“With this acquisition we continue to transform the market and take another big step forward in fulfilling our vision of helping companies globally optimize their resource potential,” said Greg Gilmore, CEO of Planview (pictured). “The addition of Innotas amplifies this vision, creating a Planview that can uniquely work with customers across the globe to support the full spectrum of their Work and Resource Management needs.”

Planview and Innotas share a culture of customer-centricity, product leadership and market innovation, benefiting from deep market expertise, dedicated employees with real-world IT PPM experience and highly engaged customer communities. Both companies have enjoyed industry recognition for this culture.

Recently Innotas was recognized by Gartner as a leader in the Cloud-based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services Magic Quadrant1, and Planview was recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide2.

“Joining forces with Planview is an incredible opportunity for our business and customers,” said Kevin Kern, CEO of Innotas. “There are tremendous synergies in our products and culture, that will benefit the marketplace and the Innotas customer base. Two leaders coming together creates potential for accelerating innovation and delivering more business value to customers. The shared passion, direction, and vision of both companies creates an energy and excitement for our employees and we look forward to joining Planview and supporting the effort to bring this opportunity to life.”

The Planview Enterprise and Innotas cloud solutions are perfect complements in the IT PPM market. Innotas has established itself as the leading on-ramp for customers starting out in IT PPM. Its mainstream feature set and delivery model have positioned Innotas as the mid-market standard for IT Project Portfolio Management (PPM). At the same time, Planview Enterprise has built a market-leading reputation for serving advanced practitioners of portfolio management. Robust functionality for both IT and Product Development teams, proven enterprise implementation model, and global reach are the foundations of the Planview Enterprise solution. In coming together, Planview will continue to aggressively invest in both product lines ensuring they continue to drive innovation and thrive within their core market segments.

“With the Planview acquisition of Innotas we are witnessing the emergence of the broader Work and Resource Management (WRM) software category, said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research, “Planview is able to address every type of organization – from team to enterprise – that has needs for managing resources and work to optimize highest value encompassing both business and IT portfolios.”

Planview’s comprehensive portfolio of Work and Resource Management Solutions now includes:

  • Projectplace – Collaborative Work Management for projects and teams
  • Innotas – IT PPM for small-to-midsize organizations
  • Planview Enterprise – enterprise-wide Portfolio and Resource Management
  • Troux – enterprise Capability and Technology Management

The newly combined entity will establish Planview as the premier supplier of Work and Resource Management solutions, creating a $180 million global company with approximately 700 employees and more than 3,000 customers. As part of Planview’s continuing global expansion, the acquisition will also create further distribution and delivery synergies that present new growth opportunities for the company.

About Planview

Planview enables organizations to get the most out of their resources and achieve their goals. We are the global leader in Work and Resource Management, with the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions for strategic planning, portfolio and resource management, work collaboration and enterprise architecture. Our solutions span every class of work, resource, and organization; addressing the needs of teams, departments, and entire organizations, from the mid-market to global enterprises. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, our 700 employees serve more than 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide through a culture of product leadership, deep market expertise and highly engaged customer communities. For more information, visit http://www.planview.com/.

About Innotas

Innotas, the leading provider of Cloud Portfolio Management solutions, delivers a seamless way to manage projects, resources and applications across the enterprise. Innotas’s solutions include Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Application Portfolio Management (APM), Resource Management, Agile Portfolio Management, and the Innotas Integration Platform. Among its many recognitions, Innotas received the San Francisco Best Places to Work award again in 2014. Founded in 2006, Innotas is headquartered in San Francisco and has hundreds of customers nationwide, across healthcare, government, education and other industries. For more information, visit http://www.innotas.com/.

Source: Racepoint Global; Planview


Hill International Selected as Project Manager for Two New Hospitals in Kuwait



18 July 2016 – Philadelphia, USA and Kuwait City, Kuwait – Hill International has announced that it has received a letter of award from Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) to provide project and construction management services in connection with the construction of two new hospitals in Kuwait.  The three-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately KWD 3.9 million ($13.1 million).

160718-pmwj48-Hill-IMAGEThese projects entail the construction of two 300-bed secondary care hospitals, staff accommodation buildings and parking facilities. The hospitals will be located in Al Ahmadi and Al Jahra. (Image: master plan for new Al Jahra hospital, courtesy of EPR architects, UK)

Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) was established as a public-private partnership as part of the State of Kuwait’s National Healthcare Expansion Plan.  In response to a projected population growth of two million people by 2026, Dhaman plans to build secondary care hospitals and primary health clinics in various locations across Kuwait.

“We look forward to helping Dhaman deliver these important hospital projects,” said Mohammed Al Rais, Regional President (Middle East) for Hill’s Project Management Group.  “We understand the importance of timely delivery for these types of healthcare facilities and we are confident that our team will meet or exceed all expectations,” added Al Rais.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,600 employees in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and other construction project services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets.  For more information, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International


Oracle Acquires Textura


Late Breaking News


Oracle adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform

22 June 2016 – Redwood Shores, CA, USA – Oracle announced in late April that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura (NYSE: TXTR), a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for $26.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $663 million, net of Textura’s cash.

Textura’s cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors. Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity. Further, usage of Textura’s cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.


Oracle Primavera offers a complete suite of cloud solutions for project, cost, time and risk management. The Oracle Primavera flagship products have been completely re-architected for the Cloud, and the result is a set of cloud services that are growing rapidly as construction and engineering companies embrace digital transformation. Together, Oracle Primavera and Textura will form the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit offering a comprehensive cloud-based project control and execution platform that manages all phases of engineering and construction projects.

“The increasingly global engineering and construction industry requires digital modernization in a way that automates manual processes and embraces the power of cloud computing to easily connect the construction job site, reduce cost overruns, and improve productivity,” said Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM, Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle. “Together, Textura and Oracle Engineering and Construction will have the most comprehensive set of cloud services in the industry.”

“Textura’s mission is to bring workflow automation and transparency to complex construction projects while improving their financial performance and minimizing risks,” said David Habiger, Chief Executive Officer, Textura. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring our cloud-based capabilities to help extend the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform.”

The Board of Directors of Textura has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Textura stockholders tendering 66 2/3% of Textura’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing (as required by Textura’s certificate of incorporation) in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit http://www.oracle.com/.

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Source: Oracle