Project Management Report from São Paulo 


By Mauricio Lopes

International Correspondent

São Paulo, Brazil

2014 FIFA World Cup:

Legacy or lessons learned?

The World Cup is coming. In June 12th, we will be in the moment of the truth, not much else todo,justwait and watch forthe matches.  It is a complex program and does not accept political issues discussion, but issues related to project management. In the various projects of the FIFA World Cup Program, we could talk about arenas construction, urban mobility, airports expansion, etc. However, we address a specific kind of project, arenas construction. From the approach there is a question to be asked: 2014 FIFA World Cup: legacy and lessons learned?

Arenas construction 

First of all it would be important to comment about Arena São Paulo and Arena Curitiba being the most late to deliver among twelve world cup arenas in Brazil. In both cases the projects have had problems with costs, schedule, scope and quality.

Following is the main arenas information:

Arena São Paulo

Finish date planned: 2013, December

Finish date actual: 2014, May

Initial budget: R$ 820 millions

Actual cost: R$ 1,15 billions

Arena Curitiba 

Finish date planned: 2013, December

Finish date actual: 2014, May

Initial budget: R$ 184 millions

Actual cost: R$ 330 millions

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Photo of the Arena São Paulo in May during the match between Corinthians and Figueirense – Paulo Pinto / Fotos Públicas


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About the Author

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São Paulo, Brazil

Maurício Lopes, PMP is a Project Management Specialist. He is a PMP certified in 2000. He is a civil engineer with MBA in Project Management. He was one of the founders of the São Paulo PMI Chapter and Financial Director, Administrative Director, member of the Steering Committee from 1998 to 2003. He was vice-coordinator of the Project Management Division of the Engineering Institute of São Paulo from 1998 to 1999. Since 2004 Maurício Lopes has been speaking in project management courses for CPLAN, FATEC, INPG, IETEC and FIA. He has 20 years of experience in project management with main focus in the engineering & construction area. Currently, he is associate director of M2L Project Management (www.M2L.com.br), a company specialized in project management consulting and implementation operating in over 40 large engineering & construction projects. Maurício Lopes is author of articles for Revista Grandes Construções, a magazine specialized in engineering & construction, and he has the main characteristics related to project management – lean, practical and systematic ways. Mauricio is an International Correspondent for PM World in Brazil.  He can be contacted at [email protected].

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