Hill wins big PM contract renewal in Ohio


Hill Reselected to Provide Program Management and Inspection Services for the City of Cleveland on Dominion Energy’s $4 Billion-Dollar Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement Program

18 December 2018 – Philadelphia, PA and Cleveland, OH, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a new three-year contract to continue providing program management and inspection services to the City of Cleveland for Dominion Energy Ohio’s (DEO) Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement (PIR) Program.

DEO’s PIR initiative is an overall $4 billion, 25-year program. PIR, launched in 2008, will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of DEO’s 22,000-mile pipeline system.

Having served the City of Cleveland since 2015, Hill will continue providing program management and inspection expertise for Dominion Energy’s distribution line replacement work within the City of Cleveland. Hill’s role includes design review, permitting, and overseeing ancillary restoration work for roadways, curbs, sidewalks, and landscaping.

Said Vic Spinabelli, PE, LEED AP, Hill’s Senior Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, “For the last three years, Hill has provided specialized services to the City of Cleveland to help manage and control this complex and aggressive pipeline infrastructure replacement. Hill is committed to continuing to provide the City of Cleveland with attentive and thorough services as it navigates through this critical 25-year program that has wide-ranging impacts.”

To learn more about the DEO pipeline replacement program, click here.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 2,800 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.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International



PMI Dallas 2018 Vendor Showcase on 8 November



Annual vendor showcase offers marketing opportunities for project management product and service companies with thousands of PMI members and stakeholders

15 September 2018 – Dallas, Texas, USA – The PMI Dallas Chapter has announced that the 2018 Annual Vendor Showcase will be held during their monthly chapter dinner meeting on Thursday, November 8th 2018, at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmer’s Branch, Texas. The showcase will feature leading Project Portfolio Management (PPM) product and services organizations, education and training providers, recruiting companies and others.

If you live in or are visiting the Dallas area, don’t miss out – network with other project management professionals who can help you with your career and business needs.

Member and Non-Member Benefits:

  • FREE for Chapter Members (non-members pay a nominal $15 early bird registration)
  • Relax and network with like-minded Project Portfolio Management (PPM) professionals
  • Network with leading project management vendors and business partners
  • Keep abreast with the latest project management products and services
  • Get Career Networking tips from local recruiting companies
  • Network with education providers for your learning and professional development needs
  • Earn PDUs!

Register Now to attend the Vendor Showcase!

Vendor Benefits:

  • Position your brand with the PMI Dallas Chapter, the recognized leader in project management in Dallas
  • Early vendors will receive exposure to 13,000 subscribers to PMI Dallas Chapter newsletter
  • Reach influencers and key decision makers in local, national and global companies
  • Expand your network of potential clients
  • Market your brand and gain attention with door prizes
  • Grow your business!

Vendor space is available at competitive prices starting at $200. To reserve your space, email Huma Sohrwardy, VP Marketing at [email protected]

Showcase Details:

  • Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Dr, Farmers Branch, TX, USA, 75234

This event normally attracts several hundred PMI members.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organizational success. With more than 500,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest professional association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org



Fluor Uses IBM Watson to Deliver Predictive Analytics for Megaprojects



Fluor drives digital transformation with AI solutions to monitor status of global projects and drive project cost savings

13 September 2018 – Irving, Texas and Armonk, New York, USA – Fluor Corporation and IBM have announced today the use of artificial intelligence-based systems to predict, monitor and measure the status of engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) megaprojects from inception to completion.

Fluor’s extensive engineering, fabrication, construction and deep supply chain expertise, coupled with artificial intelligence and analytic technologies from IBM Watson, forms the foundation for big data analytics and diagnostic systems that help predict critical project outcomes and provide early insights into the health of projects.

Large capital projects, especially in the energy and chemicals, and mining and metals markets, are incredibly complex with enormous amounts of data, people and moving parts that are constantly changing and need to be understood to keep a project on schedule and budget. To gain insights from project data in nearly real-time and to understand the implications of changing factors, Fluor is introducing the EPC Project Health Diagnostics (EPHDsm) and the Market Dynamics/Spend Analytics (MD/SAsm) systems. Developed with IBM Research and IBM Services, working collaboratively with Fluor, these innovative tools help to identify dependencies and provide actionable insights by fusing thousands of data points across the entire life cycle of capital projects.

Fluor selected IBM Research and IBM Services to assist in the development of these advanced systems as part of its global data-centric transformation strategy. Fluor can now leverage a wealth of experience from across its entire historical data store and global workforce to quickly understand markets and monitor project factors impacting cost and schedule to drive improved certainty and cost efficiency across the entire project scope.

“Harnessing the power of data to make meaningful insights will alter how megaprojects around the world are designed, built and maintained,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “Together with IBM, Fluor is embracing artificial intelligence as an engine for transformation in data-driven industries that are ripe for innovation including energy and chemicals, and mining and metals construction projects.”

“The ability to rapidly analyze and comprehend big data that drives decisions at any point throughout the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of today’s megaprojects is an imperative for the success of our company and the protection of our clients’ capital investments,” said Ray Barnard, Fluor’s senior executive vice president of Systems and Supply Chain. “And to be the best at predictive analytics and project execution in our industry, we teamed with IBM to create EPHD and MD/SA, an advanced and effective set of diagnostic tools and capabilities that rapidly predict best-in-class pricing globally, project status and outcomes, and improves the quality of services and decision-making as we serve our clients around the globe.”

The EPHD and MD/SA systems are designed to transform complex data into actionable business insights using domain-driven semantic models to guide artificial intelligence-based predictive and diagnostics modeling. A unique feature of the systems is the blending of data with domain expertise to learn models that are operationally insightful. An advanced cognitive user interface provides seamless access to the data, reports and results of the analysis, using EPC domain-sensitive natural language conversational interface. The underlying domain understanding is used to guide project diagnostics and provide natural language summaries based on the reports, with data visualization techniques to ease its quick consumption and understanding.

These tools assess the status of a project by:

  • Predicting issues such as rising costs or schedule delays based on historical trends and patterns.
  • Gaining earlier insights from many sets of complex factors across project execution.
  • Identifying the root causes of issues and the potential impacts of changes as input to the decision-making process including estimate analysis, forecast evaluation, project risk assessment and critical path analysis.

“Besides the work Fluor was already doing on predictive maintenance and construction sequencing, five years ago we began investing in predictive analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities to further evaluate performance and determine critical project outcomes as a part of our data-centric journey,” said Leslie Lindgren, Fluor’s vice president of Information Management. “We will be using these innovations on select large and megaprojects to quickly discover trends, patterns and meaning in our structured and unstructured data that deliver competitive advantage through the digital transformation of data into critical information with significant benefits to our clients, other stakeholders and our company.”

As Fluor continues on its global data-centric transformation journey, the company plans to further develop and expand EPHD and MD/SA using analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities from IBM Watson and integrate them into Fluor’s processes.

Founded in 1912, Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that transforms the world by building prosperity and empowering progress. Fluor serves its clients by designing, building and maintaining safe, well executed, capital-efficient projects around the world. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 153 on the Fortune 500 list with revenue of $19.5 billion in 2017 and has more than 56,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.

For information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

Source: Fluor Corporation



Hill International to Provide Project Management Services for $511 Million Brazilian Resort



20 July 2018 – Philadelphia, PA, USA and Baia Formosa, Brazil – Hill International has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Gremi International to provide project and construction management services for the $511 million Eco Estrela Resort in northeastern Brazil. This investment is the first phase of a total project estimated at $2 billion.

The project, in support of Brazil’s growing tourism industry, features 4 miles of beachfront property with 191 villas operated by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, a hospitality real estate company specializing in resort destinations incorporating natural surroundings.

During this three-year contract, Hill will provide project and construction management support for pre-construction and construction with a focus on minimizing risk, addressing challenges, and coordinating budgets and schedules.

Luis Lugo, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Southeast America/Caribbean/Latin America, for Hill’s Project Management Group, said, “Gremi International and Six Senses are creating a resort that will offer tourists a one-of-a-kind experience, and Hill’s expert project and construction management services will help realize their unique vision as-planned.”

For more about the project, visit http://ecoestrela.ceti.pl/#welcome

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,000 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.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International



Hill International receives $9 Million Program Management work on LA Metro



Contract amendment to help relieve traffic congestion and drive transit development for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Project in Los Angeles

14 June 2018 – Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received Amendment No. 2 to continue to provide program management services to the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority in support of the award-winning Foothill Gold Line Extension project – Glendora to Montclair. The fee for services will not exceed $9 million under a total contract amount of $27.5 million.

The Glendora to Montclair Foothill Gold Line extension project will extend the light rail line by 12.3 miles and add 6 passenger stations, relieve congestion in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and drive transit-oriented development. Phase 2B of the extension recently broke ground, with Hill providing program and construction management services.

“We are grateful to the Authority for their confidence in Hill, as well as the opportunity to continue supporting the residents and commuters of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel communities,” said Hill International Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager, John K. Skoury, PE. “Our team looks forward to providing unparalleled services to support our client’s vision for this program.”

The completed segments of the Metro Gold Line Extension project have already received many accolades, including Outstanding Rail Project of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Project Achievement Award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and a Best Projects Award from Engineering News Record (ENR) California.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 3,000 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.  For more information on Hill, visit www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International



Oracle Industry Connect Event Highlights Partnerships, Technology Enhancements



Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovations Empower Smarter, More Successful Project Delivery  

10 April 2018 – ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, New York, USA – Underscoring its focus on delivering transformational project delivery solutions across industries globally, Oracle Construction and Engineering today announced that it is showcasing several technology innovations this week at Oracle Industry Connect. These advancements stem from both the Oracle global business unit’s product development vision and new relationships within the larger ecosystem of solution providers. By collaborating with organizations such as Assemble, Triax, and Atlas, Oracle is enabling its customers to unlock additional value from their Oracle solutions via capabilities around Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and building information model-based scheduling.

The event will also feature the first construction and engineering technology firm to be accepted into the Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem, a nonresidential, virtual-style acceleration program for startups geared to enable next-generation growth, business development, and to drive cloud-based innovation for startups. Reconstruct is a visual data analytics platform provider whose breakthrough web and mobile products seamlessly integrate Reality Capture, BIM, and Schedule. When combined with Oracle project delivery solutions, customers can manage their projects in a visual environment that is easy to use, accurate, and predictive – increasing efficiency and mitigating risk.

“Oracle continues to drive innovations in the market, empowering customers with the technology and intelligence they need to improve outcomes across the project lifecycle,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Construction and Engineering. “Oracle will continue to collaborate with customers, partners and other contributors to foster new advancements and emerging technologies, such as AI and VR, to help our customers navigate challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.”

Driving Project Innovation and ROI

In addition, Oracle is showcasing new functionality and integrations to its Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service as well as the latest enhancements to its Primavera and other project delivery solutions. Oracle Prime Projects enables team collaboration and real-time visibility by integrating the management of project portfolios, schedules, tasks, resources, costs, field teams, documents, and risk into a single cloud platform. A number of construction industry organizations have turned to Oracle Prime Projects for its unique Lean scheduling capability, which enables organizations that have embraced Lean Construction methodologies to seamlessly integrate those job site construction activities with the master schedule.

“Oracle Prime Projects has enabled us to digitize our Lean task planning work in the field and fully integrate that activity and data with the management of our critical path schedule. By connecting these teams and activities, we’ve been able to unlock new levels of coordination, visibility, and productivity,” said Mike Ball, project manager for general contractor Walsh Brothers.

To continue accelerating innovation and value delivery to customers, Oracle Construction and Engineering also announced it is developing a construction and engineering innovation laboratory. This facility will showcase product development efforts and emerging technologies and provide customers, partners and academia with hands-on opportunities to explore, interact with and shape new cutting-edge project delivery capabilities.

Partnering for Customer Success

Working closely with the broader construction and engineering ecosystem, Oracle continues to bring new innovations to its platform, enabling customers to benefit from:

  • Seamless, Connected Job Sites: Oracle and Triax are teaming up to develop and deliver a unified platform for construction professionals that integrates data from Triax’s flagship Spot-r system with Oracle’s Prime Projects Cloud Service project management platform. As such, customers will be able to create a seamless, connected job site that leverages technology and real-time data to enhance safety and enable greater visibility, insight, and ultimately, smarter building.
  • Model-Based Scheduling: Assemble and Oracle recently announced a collaboration to integrate Oracle’s project management solutions with Building Information Model (BIM) data. BIM has been playing an increasingly vital role in the evolution of the construction industry – but has yet to bring the same efficiencies from BIM to scheduling processes. The new integration will allow users to easily create simulations, cost-loaded schedules, micro-schedules, and manage constant project changes.

Triax, Assemble and Atlas are all Gold-level partners in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com

 About Oracle Construction and Engineering

Oracle Construction and Engineering helps companies reimagine their businesses. With best-in-class project management solutions, organizations can proactively manage projects, gain complete visibility, improve collaboration, and manage change. Our cloud-based solutions for global project planning and execution can help improve strategy execution, operations, and financial performance. For more information, please visit www.oracle.com/construction-and-engineering.

 Oracle Industry Connect

For more information about how Oracle is committed to empowering organizations through best-in-class, industry-specific business solutions, visit oracle.com/industries. To learn more about Oracle Industry Connect 2018, go to oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect.

 Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Oracle


Jacobs wins East Midlands Airport Construction Projects in UK



Manchester Airport Group selects Jacobs for Integrated Project Delivery services

31 January 2018 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group has announced that it has received a framework agreement from Manchester Airport Group (MAG) to deliver building and infrastructure construction & maintenance/refurbishment works for East Midlands Airport in the United Kingdom. This includes the ongoing expansion projects which will improve capacity, throughput and overall customer experience at the airport.

Jacobs’ scope of work includes project management, procurement, construction and commissioning activities for airport buildings and associated infrastructure. Jacobs’ initial framework agreement with MAG runs until 2020, with options for extensions up to 2025.

“In alignment with our vision of creating a more connected world, we are leveraging our airside aviation construction knowledge to help enhance the experience travelers will have while visiting East Midlands Airport,” said Jacobs Buildings & Infrastructure and Industrial President Bob Pragada. “Jacobs will support Manchester Airport Group through an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach led by our knowledgeable project management and construction experts, along with a right-sized supply chain management approach.”

Rob Williams, Head of Procurement and Contracting – Capital and Asset Management for MAG, said, “Manchester Airport Group framework agreements are a key part of our overall strategic procurement strategy, across all aspects of our extended supply chain. The framework agreements for building, civil and M&E works provide a platform for us to work with a small number of high-quality, efficient contractors, managing and executing a wide range of projects that include construction, refurbishment, maintenance and infrastructure works at our airports.

“We look forward to working closely with Jacobs over the next few years and utilising their skills and experience to broaden and strengthen the resources available to our capital delivery team.”

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is the largest UK-owned airport operator, serving around 52 million passengers every year in addition to handling 600,000 tonnes of air freight annually. MAG owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. More at https://www.magairports.com/

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 $15 billion, Jacobs serves industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets with engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project management services. Based in Dallas, Texas, USA, the company employs over 74,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries. For more, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering


Jacobs Completes CH2M Acquisition



Merger creates $15 Billion Project and Program Services Giant

18 December 2018 – Dallas, TX and Denver, CO, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced the completion of its acquisition of CH2M via a cash and stock transaction. The combination, which received broad affirmative support from CH2M shareholders, is expected to further drive the company’s profitable growth strategy.

“This is a transformative step-change that brings together the industry’s foremost expertise and services to fulfill our vision to provide leading-edge solutions for a more connected, sustainable world,” said Jacobs Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou (pictured). “Since our August announcement, we have held meetings with thousands of CH2M and Jacobs employees, and I cannot overstate the enthusiasm we share about our future together. Today, we are celebrating the creation of a new Jacobs with even greater aspirations to do meaningful work around the world, heartened by clients who have eagerly anticipated this combination.”

Demetriou stressed the combined firm’s continuing emphasis on talent retention and hiring as a top priority. “People are the heart of our organization, and we are calling on the best and brightest to join the new Jacobs to drive our growth strategy and be part of our exciting future.”

Focused Integration Discipline

Jacobs formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) early in August to begin integration planning following the announcement of the proposed CH2M acquisition. The IMO identified rigorous processes and protocols to drive realization of cost and growth synergies, for which Jacobs’ executive team and Board of Directors will continue to provide active oversight.

“We are applying lessons learned from past integration experiences and adopting best practices for critical factors, such as talent retention, and building on the excellent cultural foundations of both organizations,” said Demetriou. “We are well positioned to capitalize on the differentiated value proposition created by this combination, and our continued efforts to drive incremental focus and accountability will be supported by a simplification of our operating model. Most important, our clients will be able to better realize the benefits of our industry-leading, innovative capabilities.”

Reaffirms Financial Outlook

Both organizations reported strong performance in 2017, bolstering confidence in prospects for enhanced value creation in the newly combined firm and reinforcing the expectations for integration synergies and returns on the transaction.

For more, to read the full news release, click here.

About Jacobs

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector, delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 74,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com.

Source: Jacobs Engineering

Hill International to Provide Program Support Services for SFO International Airport $7.3B Capital Improvement Program



20 November 2017 – Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the City and County of San Francisco Airport Commission to provide Capital Program Support Services for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) $7.3 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The initial term will be $8.5 million for the first year of services, and can be renewed annually by SFO up to 4 additional years (not to exceed 5 years and $40 million).

“Hill specializes in helping our airport clients manage and control complex programs and projects like SFO’s CIP,” said Michael B. Smith, Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager for Hill’s Project Management Group. “We look forward to working on this critical CIP with SFO, and to helping SFO maintain and enhance their position as the Bay Area’s premier gateway.”

Hill’s support services will comprise program-level reporting, cost and schedule development and analysis, cost estimating, construction and logistics management, process development and training, risk mitigation and maintenance of SFO’s project management system. This support will help SFO to achieve the goals of the CIP as efficiently and effectively as possible. CIP goals include constructing new facilities, expanding infrastructure, augmenting security, developing systems functionality and performing maintenance for terminal, airfield and groundside components to accommodate increasing passenger growth.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with more than 3,000 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, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.

Source: Hill International


Swiss Island® awarded PMI® Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year 2017



29 October 2017 – Chicago, IL, USA – Swiss Island® has been awarded the prestigious “PMI® Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year 2017” award by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This award is to recognize and honor exceptional skills in the development and delivery of a professional development product in project, program, or portfolio management. This award was presented at the PMI Global Conference 2017 – North America Professional Awards Gala, which was held on Saturday, 28 October 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Accepting the award in Chicago were Joerg Hoehl, PMP and Rudiger Geist, PMP.






Rudiger Geist during acceptance speech.






Product of the Year Award



Since 1974, the PMI Professional Awards Program has honored practitioners who achieve the highest standards of performance in project management and make a lasting impact in their field. “Every year, PMI leads the project management profession in recognizing the industry’s most outstanding accomplishments,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI. “The recipients inspire the profession through their significant contributions and we commend them on their achievements.”

PMI® (Project Management Institute) is the leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project management profession. Its professional resources and research deliver value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve organizational success and further mature the profession.


Editor’s note: Rudiger Geist is an occasional correspondent and contributor for the PM World Journal.  We wish Rudiger and his partner our congratulations on winning this prestigious award.  Well done!


MOOS Project Viewer 3.2 Released



New version of Microsoft Project tool supports use of Estonian and Turkish characters

5 October 2017 – Dolj, Romania – Stand By Soft has announced the release of MOOS Project Viewer 3.2. MOOS Project Viewer version 3.2. adds support for opening Microsoft Project 2016 files. Furthermore the application now also supports files containing Estonian or Turkish characters.

After several months of development a major version was released that adds support for reading Microsoft Project 2016 files. Users can now open .mpp files generated with any version of MS Project including the latest one.

For those users that need to open .mpp files and see their content in a graphical way – just like in MS Project – then MOOS Project Viewer is the right solution. If no editing is needed then the price of a Microsoft Project license is not justified. Even more users will have the possibility to open the files on any operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) as the product is platform independent.

Multiple views are available and the files can be opened from external storage services as MOOS Project Viewer is integrated with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. This way users can access the projects from any location and at any time. Printing is also available allowing users to generate customized reports.

MOOS Project Viewer is available at http://www.moosprojectviewer.com/ and can be downloaded from http://www.moosprojectviewer.com/download.php.

Stand By Soft is a software company founded in 1997 that activates in the project management area. Its main product RationalPlan is a project management software that follows the general recommended guidelines from project management domain. It has been developed to help small and middle sized companies to plan and manage their projects. For more, visit https://www.rationalplan.com/



$5 Billion NNSA Contract Award Announced



U.S. Department of Energy’s NNSA Awards Jacobs Joint Venture management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site

6 September 2017 – Jacobs Engineering Group has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded the management and operating (M&O) contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas to Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS), a joint venture led by Honeywell. MSTS is a limited liability company including Honeywell International Inc., and equity partners Jacobs and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. The award is valued at $5 billion over 10 years if all options are exercised.

 “Jacobs is pleased to directly support the NNSA in their critical mission to enhance and ensure the future of the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” said Jacobs Aerospace and Technology Senior Vice President Ward Johnson. “This contract builds on our successful track record for design and construction of DOE nuclear facilities and our status as a major provider of management and operations of nationally critical infrastructure, and furthers our position as a premier global provider of nuclear life-cycle solutions.”

The NNSS testing facility and training ground supports a variety of national security experiments that promote the security of the U.S. and its allies through the development of nuclear deterrent and critical emergency response capabilities. A former nuclear test site, the 1,360-square mile NNSS serves as a major center for research and development advancing international nuclear monitoring and verification capabilities, as well as radiological/nuclear emergency response capabilities and training.

MSTS’ mission is to manage and operate the NNSS contract safely, securely, effectively and efficiently while adhering to impeccable ethical standards. MSTS is committed to be the high- hazard experimentation and mission-service provider of choice for U.S. National Security customers. Phase-in of the NNSS M&O contract began August 1, 2017, and is on track for successful conclusion in November.

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 Irving, Texas, USA, Jacobs has more than 200 offices in over 25 countries. More at http://www.jacobs.com/

Source: Jacobs Engineering


Jacobs to Acquire CH2M



Merger will create giant $15 Billion engineering, construction and project management solutions provider

2 August 2017 – Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colorado, USA – Jacobs Engineering Group and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV) of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.

The combination unites two industry-leading, innovative companies with complementary capabilities, cultures and relationships, resulting in a differentiated, end-to-end value proposition for clients and an enhanced platform for sustainable, profitable growth.

With trailing twelve month (TTM) revenues of $4.4 billion and a team of 20,000 employees, CH2M is a world-renowned design, engineering and program management firm, and is a leader in key infrastructure and government service sectors that Jacobs has previously targeted for growth, including water, transportation, environmental and nuclear. Applying CH2M’s advanced design, technical and program management expertise across Jacobs’ global footprint will enable the combined company to deliver more solutions to more clients in both the government and private sector.

“By increasing our industry reach and adding to our already extensive skills, this transaction enhances our value to our clients and bolsters Jacobs’ position as a premier consulting, design, engineering, construction, and operations and maintenance technical services firm. CH2M brings to Jacobs a talented, engaged team with capabilities and values that are very complementary to our own. Together, we will bring more solutions to our clients, give more opportunity to our employees and create increased value for Jacobs’ shareholders. In addition, this transaction is consistent with our M&A criteria, accelerating our ability to achieve our financial growth targets and propelling Jacobs toward our vision of providing innovative solutions for a more connected, sustainable world,” said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs’ Chairman and CEO.

“We are delighted about the prospects of combining CH2M with Jacobs,” said CH2M Chairman and CEO Jacqueline Hinman.  “Since late 2014, we’ve been transparent about our plans to pursue an ownership transition, providing sustained access to capital for growth. Considering all of the options, we focused on securing greater opportunities for our employees, delivering superior value to our clients and enhanced value for our stockholders, all while continuing to serve the higher purpose our company is known for, providing sustainable solutions for a better world.” (photo of Demetriou and Hinman courtesy of CH2M)

“Throughout this time, we strengthened our business portfolio and performance, which put us in a position to deliver the best possible value and outcome for the future of the company. This was the unanimous choice of our Board, and the value Jacobs will provide to our stockholders, reflects genuine appreciation for our employees and the world-class work we deliver to our clients.”

Jacobs has formed an Integration Management Office (IMO) to oversee the integration of the two companies. The IMO will be jointly led by senior executives from both companies on a dedicated, full-time basis, including, as announced separately today, Gary Mandel, most recently Jacobs President of Petroleum & Chemicals, who has been appointed Executive Vice President of Integration for Jacobs, and Lisa Glatch, Executive Vice President for Growth and Sales at CH2M.

In addition, Jacobs has hired a leading independent consulting firm to support the integration. Rigorous integration processes and protocols are being established to ensure transparency and accountability for synergy capture. Jacobs’ executive leadership team will be actively involved in integration planning with the Company’s Board of Directors engaged in oversight. At the close of the transaction, Jacobs’ Board will be expanded to include an additional director from CH2M.

In connection with integration planning, Demetriou continued, “Jacobs is leveraging lessons learned from past experiences and is focused on critical success factors, including retaining talent, building on the strong culture foundations of both companies, ensuring base business performance, and developing and delivering cost and growth synergies.

Jacobs and CH2M have complementary cultures and shared values that put people at the heart of the business. With this foundation and the clear integration plan we have developed, we expect to successfully bring our companies together. We admire CH2M’s engaging culture and look forward to coming together as we work to realize the full benefits of a united team.”

The transaction, which is expected to close in Jacobs’ fiscal 2018 first quarter, is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by CH2M stockholders. Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), which has an approximate 18% voting interest in CH2M, has agreed to vote in favor of the transaction.

To read the full press release, click here.

Additional information about the transaction can be found at www.Jacobs.com/CH2M.

About Jacobs

Jacobs 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.

About CH2M

More than 20,000 employees strong, CH2M leads the professional services industry delivering sustainable solutions to promote positive societal, environmental and economic outcomes through the delivery of infrastructure. CH2Mers make a positive difference providing consulting, design, engineering, operations and maintenance, and program management services for clients needing world-class solutions in environmental; industrial and advanced facilities; transportation; and water, from iconic infrastructure like the Panama Canal to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Ranked among the World’s Most Ethical Companies and top firms in environmental consulting and program management, CH2M is the only firm in the engineering and construction industry to receive several prestigious awards, such as the World Environment Center Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership in potable water reuse, and the Catalyst Award for our success in recruiting, developing and advancing women in the workplace. Connect with CH2M at www.ch2m.com; LinkedIn; Twitter; and Facebook.

Source: Jacobs Engineering



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/

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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 ([email protected] 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.