Project Management Update from Santiago



By Jaime Videla

International Correspondent

Santiago, Chile



Processes and Risks

In recent months we have seen our country hit by various disasters: the eruption of a volcano in the south, the forest fires in central and south, and a week ago a flood that devastated northern Chile generating an initial count of over 23 dead and 57 missing persons.

No government can anticipate the occurrence of such disasters. However, the authority is obliged to anticipate their occurrence and minimize their impacts, especially taking into consideration the geographical and geological characteristics of our land.

Project management teaches us that one of the main causes of project failure is lack of planning. What has been the risk response planning for such calamities? Who are the people responsible for monitoring the identified risks?

Another important cause is the lack of processes and procedures. Who evaluates the effectiveness of the risk management process? What preparation and instruction has been provided to inhabitants to address these scenarios?

Chile has a national emergency office, ONEMI, under the ministry of the interior, responsible for coordinating the National System of Civil Protection. Its mission is to plan, promote, coordinate and implement actions of prevention, response and rehabilitation in situations of collective risk, emergencies, disasters and catastrophes natural or caused by human action.

In light of recent events, it is urgent and necessary for ONEMI to review the planning, analysis and response to risks and processes, procedures and responsibilities for monitoring threats in order to reduce to a minimum loss of life human, animal and plant.


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About the Author



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Jaime Videla, PMP
, is the Managing Director for Videla Montero Consultores a project management consultant firm based in Santiago, Chile. He is also senior partner of AccuFast! Cubicaciones, a company provides material takeoff estimating services and engineering projects in Chile. Mr. Videla has 20+ years of project management experience leading utilities, mining and industrial projects (totaling US$222 millions) for large multinational companies like Siemens and ABB, or as a consultant for BHP and Anglo American. Jaime is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) since 2007, has formal studies in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Chile. He has professional experience working/training in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Germany.

Since 2006 Jaime has been an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), assuming the role of director and vice president of communications and publicity of the PMI Santiago Chile Chapter in 2010. His areas of activity today include PMO development; contracting, claim, risk and project management services; project management training and coaching. Author of the e-book “Los 7 pasos para salvar un proyecto (The 7 steps to project recovery)”, he also writes about project management themes on PMOChile blog. In addition, he works as volunteer at Fundación Trascender, an innovative institution that manages a network of volunteer professionals through social projects.

Jaime Videla is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, lives in Santiago and can be contacted at [email protected].

To view other works by Mr. Videla, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jaime-videla-pmp/