On the January PMWJ Advisory Article by Shailesh Nepal entitled Project Success Pentagon for Airport Expansion Projects


20 January 2013

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to complement the article published in the January 2013 issue of PMWJ under advisory category written by Shailesh Nepal entitled “Project Success Pentagon for Airport Expansion Projects”. I am working in airport expansion projects for the last 10 years. The article helped me to realize that the experience gathered by me within my 10 years period in airport expansion projects is less than 50% of what is mentioned in the article.

I highly appreciate the efforts of Mr. Shailesh Nepal for writing such a self explanatory arena of airports expansion and his vivid knowledge of nooks and corners of airport expansion projects. His research on the Runway pavements practiced in International Airports is highly commendable.

I had the opportunity to work with him in Runway and Taxiway Overlay Works of TIA for nearly three years. It is his hard work and intellectual capacity that marked the project a success in spite of the several constrains faced during project execution. His research in Geo-grid reinforcement and Bitumen grade suitable for Hot Mixed Asphalt Concrete in Runway Overlay works were fantastic. The design consultants realized his works as demonstrated by subsequent failure of the pavement with current design and his research has been reflected in the consecutive phase of the Airport Expansion of Tribhuvan International Airport. It is his hard work and in-depth knowledge in the field which enabled him to be recognized internationally as the award winner of “2010 IPMA International Young Project Manager”.

I hope that this article is equally fruitful for successful Project Management of Airport Projects all around the globe and is an effective tool for monitoring and tracking the projects within scope of time, cost and quality involving multi stakeholders such as Airport Authority, Consultant and the Contractor.

Purna Bahadur Singh

Kathmandu, Nepal

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