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International Project Management Day events planned in South Africa for 6th November 2014

 

FUTURE PM EVENTS

31 October 2014 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) will be hosting a number of regional events in celebration of International Project Management Day on Thursday, 6th November 2014.

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“The international project management day (IPM day) is intended to encourage project based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize project management methodologies to schedule some type of recognition event within their organizations or coordinate locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.’’- Frank P. Saladis PMP, Founder of IPM Day More information on these regional events can be found below.

GAUTENG: ‘GAUTRAIN – A DAY IN THE LIFE… WITH JACK VAN DER MERWE, CEO OF GAUTRAIN MANAGEMENT AGENCY’

In celebration of International Project Management Day on the 6th November 2014, PMSA Gauteng is delighted to invite you to a presentation and round table with Gautrain Management Agency  CEO, Jack van der Merwe.  Jack will share with attendees a ‘day in the life’ of what it takes to run an internationally acclaimed legacy project as well as what the future holds for the Gautrain project. Jack van der Merwe, is a professional Engineer. He was born in Pretoria and obtained the degrees B.Sc (Eng.) Civil and B.Sc (Eng.) (Hons.) Civil from the University of Pretoria. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s SED programme.

Up to the 2004 general elections Jack was the Chief Executive of the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works. Apart from heading the Department he was also the project leader for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, one of the eleven Blue IQ long term economic development projects of the Province. In April 2004 he was redeployed to head a newly established Public-Private-Partnership Department in the Province, focusing on gearing in private sector funding, experience and innovation for capital projects. He will be implementing the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link and the GPG Government Precinct.

Jack is currently the CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency tasked with overseeing the building and operation of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link.

The event will take place at the Gautrain Head Office in Midrand at 16:30 for 17:00. PLEASE NOTE: This event is limited to 20 attendees. For more information or to register for this event please click here. 

KWAZULU NATAL: ‘PMOs – GETTING IT RIGHT – GUY JELLEY, CEO OF PPO’

The KZN branch of PMSA will celebrate International Project Management Day on 6 November with a presentation by Guy Jelley entitled ‘PMOs – Getting it Right’ to be held at the Durban Country Club at 17:30 for 18:00.  Guy, co-founder and CEO of Project Portfolio Office, will share practical examples and simple lessons of how some of their clients have got it right and are adding values to their organisations.

His presentation is based on the fact that almost 50% of all strategic initiatives are reported as unsuccessful.  It will be of particular interest on the many PMOs who are constantly justifying their value to an organisation and are having to deal with new challenges to successful delivery.

Project Portfolio Office, is an award winning online project portfolio management and collaboration application and is the fastest growing PPM application in South Africa today. PPO is currently being used on over 41,000 projects, with current clients including Deloitte, UTi, Rainbow Chicken, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SABMiller, Woolworths, Bigen Africa, Group Five, Mondi and British Telecommunications (BT).

With over 200 implementations in the last few years, PPO has seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to PMOs in South Africa and internationally. Please click here for further information or to register for this event.

WESTERN CAPE: ‘THE SKA TOUR WITH WILLEM ESTERHUYSE, MEERKAT PROJECT MANAGER’

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area.

The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research & development towards building and delivering a radio telescope, and will deliver a correspondingly transformational increase in science capability when operational.

The PMSA Western Cape Branch will be offering members a chance to attend a presentation by Meerkat Project Manager Willem Esterhuyse at the SKA offices in Pinelands for 14:00 on Thursday 6th November 2014.

Here is a chance to gain insight into one of the world’s mega projects! A tour of the Control Centre and LABs will be included depending on number of attendees. Please click here for further information or to register for this event.

141031-pmwj28-ipm-day-PMSA LOGOProject Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa. PMSA has a membership of over 1 500 project management practitioners at various career stages and has existed as an autonomous representative body for 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis. For more information, visit http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/ or contact [email protected].

Source: Project Management South Africa

Workshop on DCMA Compliance Audits offered at November IPMW

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

CPM workshop to be facilitated by DCMA Director of Earned Value Management Policy and Strategy

7 September 2014 – Virginia, USA – The College of Performance Management (CPM) has announced a special workshop for those facing a DCMA earned value compliance audit. It will be one of six topical workshops available at the 26th Annual International Integrated Program Management Workshop being held during 3-5 November in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. More information can be found at http://ipmconference.org/.

Join earned value management experts and leaders at IPMW where DCMA will discuss how it is rethinking its DFARS EVMS compliance mission focus on qualitative analysis of systems.  The aim of the workshop is to discuss the methodologies and tools for the analysis and verification of system properties such as reliability (trustworthiness) and relevance (usefulness) of data.  This is your opportunity to understand the current thinking and contribute your thoughts.141007-pmwj27-dcma-IMAGE

The workshop will be facilitated by David Kester, Director of Earned Value Management Policy and Strategy within the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), pictured at right.

To register for IPMW 2014 click here.

The College of Performance Management (CPM) is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement. CPM assists the earned value professional and project manager in professional growth and promotes the application of earned value management. CPM is a growing body of professionals dedicated to managing projects on time and on budget. For more information, visit http://www.mycpm.org/.

Source: College of Performance Management

Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan meets IPMA® Certified Professionals in Dublin

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

2 October 2014 – Dublin, Ireland – The Institute of Project Management (IPM) of Ireland congratulates graduates from the Irish Department of Finance who recently achieved IPMA project management certifications. The newly minted graduates were also congratulated by Ireland’s Minister of Finance Michael Noonan and Second Secretary General Ann Nolan in a special meeting attended by IPM’s managing director Ed Naughton in Dublin.

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Today’s economic pressures mean that professionalism in project and programme management is an absolute necessity. Well managed portfolios of projects are critical to the successful achievement of the Irish Department of Finance’s statement of strategy in order to deliver value for money with scarce State funds, and to minimise wastage and the burden to our economy.

It was against this context that in 2012 a Project Management Office (PMO) was established, led by Derek Tierney (IPMA Level-A Certified Projects Director) to build on existing project management capabilities in the Department. As well as developing standardised guidelines and procedures, the PMO also established a project management academy as a key component of the PMO roll-out strategy. This forms part of the Department’s overall Learning and Development Strategy.

To date a number of candidates from a wide cross-section of all areas in the Department have successfully completed either the Certified Project Management Diploma or Strategic Project Management Diploma, incorporating the internationally recognised IPMA four-level certification. Indeed one of its officials (Ailish Farrelly) was the national award winner for the Strategic Diploma in 2013.

According to IPM’s Ed Naughton, “IPM Ireland is pleased to congratulate those graduates and to wish every success to future candidates who will commence their studies in the next few weeks. We are very happy that the IPMA project management qualifications process is reaching into Irish government agencies, a sign that more of our public projects will be in capable hands.”

The Institute of Project Management (IPM) of Ireland was founded in 1989 to help individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to develop a knowledge and high-quality capability in Project Management and to provide a focal point for the development of professional Project Management in Ireland. The Institute, headquartered in Dublin, is the Irish Certification Body for the administration of IPMA’s ® 4 level certification system. Almost 3,000 IPMA® Certified Professionals are currently registered across IPM centres in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. Within the IPMA® family of 57 countries, the Institute is the National Association for Ireland and the Director General is a former member of the IPMA® executive board. For more, visit http://www.projectmanagement.ie/

Free Project Management Books for October Drawing Announced

 

PM BOOK NEWS

Eight program and project management books offered for end of October drawing; winners to receive a free book

1 October 2014 – Dallas, Texas, USA – PM World has announced the books to be offered for the October 2014 drawing in the FREE BOOKS program through the PM World Library (PMWL) website. The monthly drawings for free books, an opportunity for those interested in program, project and portfolio management, were announced in February 2014 in conjunction with the official unveiling of the new online library. The PMWL (www.pmworldlibrary.net) is a global resource for continuous learning related to program and project management (P/PM).

141001-pmwj27-books-IMAGEWorking in partnership with authors and publishers, a number of books are offered as prizes for monthly drawings. A random number drawing of fully registered library members is held at the end of each month for the books, to be delivered at no cost to lucky winners.  Books for upcoming drawings are posted on the PM World Library home page and in the PM World Journal.  For more information about the drawings for FREE BOOKS, click here.

Books currently offered for the October 2014 drawing include:

  • Strategic Benefits Realization: Optimizing Value through Programs, Portfolios and Organizational Change Management; Author: Craig Letavec, PgMP, MSP, PMP; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Success with Optimal Program Management, Second Edition; Author: James T. Brown; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam; Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here.
  • Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here.
  • Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps to Achieving Successful Results; Author: Laura Dallas Burford; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.
  • Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012); For more about the book, click here.

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to www.pmworldlibrary.net. The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Call for Papers for 4th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

30 September 2014 – Riga, Latvia – The 4th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States will be held in Riga, Latvia during 16-17 April 2014. Under the theme “Project Management Development – Practice and Perspectives”, the conference will be held at the University of Latvia. The Call for Papers is open, with abstracts accepted through 16 November 2014. More information can be found at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/.

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The aim of the conference is to discuss results of scientific research in project management issues, to establish new contacts and networking between professionals involved in project management as well as enhance the capacity of project managers. Conference language is English.

Project management researchers, educators and experts are invited to submit an abstract for paper and presentation on one or more of the following topics:

  1. Project management in public administration
  2. Problems and solutions in EU funded project management (implementation)
  3. Public-Private-Partnership project management
  4. Investment project management
  5. Culture project management
  6. IT project management
  7. Construction project management
  8. Renewable Energy Projects
  9. Social project management
  10. Standards on project management
  11. Professional education and science in project management
  12. Capacity of organization in project management
  13. Project Accounting and Auditing
  14. New directions and findings in project management theory
  15. Project controlling
  16. Project Risk Management.

Sections will be designed according to themes of accepted abstracts

The conference programme will include opening plenary session, parallel sessions and concluding plenary session. Scientific papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings and on the conference website. All abstracts before the conference will be double blind reviewed and materials included in the conference proceedings are double blind reviewed. Key dates:

  1. November 16, 2014 – Applications for participation and submission of abstract (see requirements at http://www.balticpmconference.eu/abstract-requirements.)
  2. November 30, 2014 – Notification of acceptance and invitation to prepare report
  3. Until December 30, 2014 – Payment of reduced conference fee
  4. February 10, 2015 – Submission of paper for conference proceedings
  5. February 28, 2015 – Information on paper acceptance, feedback from reviewers
  6. March 17, 2015 – Deadline for revised papers. Detailed conference program

This conference is organized by the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers and Baltic Controlling Institute. The conference website is www.balticpmconference.eu.

For more information, contact conference coordinators at [email protected] or Emils.Pulm[email protected]

Reinhard Wagner elected President of International Project Management Association

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

New IPMA Executive Board announced at 2014 World Congress in Rotterdam

30 September – Rotterdam, The Netherlands – The International Project Management Association (IPMA) has announced the election of Reinhard Wagner as IPMA president for the years 2015-2017. Reinhard is the current president of the German Project Management Association and has served as IPMA vice president for research and awards for the last three years. IPMA also announced their new Executive Board for the next year. The announcements were made at the 28th IPMA World Congress being held in Rotterdam this week.

140930-pmwj27-new-IMAGE1Reinhard Wagner is CEO of Projektivisten GmbH, a service provider specialized in the field of project, program and portfolio management. He studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration in Germany and the USA and looks back to more than 27 years of project-related work and leadership experience. His career started in the German Air Force, where he served as Air Surveillance Officer in NATO Air Defense performing projects like the establishment of a Systems Operations Center. 1995 he entered the Automotive Industry and managed several major design projects and programmes, developed specific methodology for Automotive Engineering activities, and published the first book on Project Management in Automotive Industry.

In 2002 Reinhard founded a Special Interest Group for Automotive Project Management within GPM – German Project Management Association and leads these activities since then. In 2006 he entered the Executive Board of GPM being responsible for all R&E activities as well as the International affairs. Today he is Chairman of the Executive Board. As Chairman of the respective DIN committee for the development of PM standards he is responsible for several standardization projects in Germany.

From 2007 until 2012 he acted as working group Convenor in ISO for the development of ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management. Within GPM and IPMA, he developed tools for the assessment and certification of organisations (e.g. GPM3 and IPMA Delta) and acts as Lead Assessor for PM-ZERT and IPMA in this field. Reinhard Wagner teaches project management at several universities in Germany. He has published more than 150 books and articles, speaks to national and international audiences, and is IPMA Vice President for R&D / Awards.

IPMA also announced new Executive Board (ExBo) members elected by representatives of national member associations on 28 September 2014 in Rotterdam.

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IPMA Executive Board for 2015: (from left) Mladen Radujkovic, Croatia, Chairman of the Council; Bernhard Haidacher, Guatemala, Vice President; David Hudson, Australia, Vice President; Inga Klaus, Poland, Vice President; Mary McKinley, UK, Vice President; Nuno Ponces, Portugal, Vice President; Jesus Martinez-Almela, Spain, Vice President; Amin Saidoun, France, Executive Director; Reinhard Wagner, Germany, President (photo credit: Les Squires; courtesy of IPMA)

IPMA leaders completing their roles on the IPMA ExBo this year include Andrew Bragg, UK (vice president); Stacy Goff, USA (vice president); and Roberto Mori, Italy (outgoing chair). Mladen Radujkovic moves from president to chairman in 2015.

140930-pmwj27-new-IMAGE3Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the world’s oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA sponsors research, standards, awards, seminars, an annual world congress and the IPMA Young Crew, all related to professional project, programme and portfolio management. The president of IPMA for 2014 is Professor Mladen Radujković; president-elect for 2015-16 is Mr. Reinhard Wagner. For more information about IPMA, visit http://www.ipma.ch/.

Press Release Contact: Stacy Goff at [email protected].

Source: IPMA

Expansion of Morocco’s Largest Solar Complex to Provide 1.1 Million Moroccans with Clean Energy

 

PROJECT NEWS

30 September 2014 – Washington, DC, USA and Marrakech, Morocco – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$519 million project to support Morocco’s ongoing efforts to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels by developing its renewable energy resources. The project will back the government’s strategy of harnessing power from the sun through the use of concentrated solar power technology.

140930-pmwj27-noor-PHOTOMorocco is the Middle East’s largest energy importer, and depends on fossil fuel imports to generate over 97 percent of its energy. The Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Project will support the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy to finance the expansion of Morocco’s first utility-scale solar energy complex, helping increase its capacity and output, especially during peak hours.

“Morocco stands at the forefront of climate-friendly policies in the region,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. “The country is well-positioned to benefit from its head-start at a time when other regional powers are beginning to think more seriously about their own renewable energy programs.

An initial 160 megawatt phase of the project, approved by the Bank in 2011, is currently under construction. The new project will finance the second 350 megawatt phase, and include the installation of solar parabolic troughs and a solar energy tower. This project will be funded through US$400 million from the Bank and US$119 million from the Bank administered Clean Technology Fund.

With its bold investment in green energy, Morocco is also setting a global example for the kinds of actions called for at this year’s United Nations Climate Summit. The expanded solar plant is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 700,000 tons per year. While delivering these environmental benefits, this project will also contribute to energy security, job creation, and energy exports.

“Apart from creating jobs, the construction of the plant and the development of Morocco’s Solar Plan will establish a future source of reliable green energy,” said Simon Gray, World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb.  “The Noor-Ouarzazate Solar Complex alone will supply power to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018.”

Other contributors toward the project are the African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, l’Agence Française de Développement, Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau, and the European Commission

The World Bank currently has a portfolio of 22 projects in Morocco, amounting to a committed financing of US$2.44 billion, providing a diverse range of support in areas such as private sector, financial sector and governance reform, green growth and promotion of renewable energy, access to basic services such as rural roads, water, sanitation, the reduction of vulnerability and social exclusion, and improvements in agriculture and solid waste management. Since 2011, the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, has stepped up its engagement in Morocco and has invested US$590 million to support private sector development in the country.

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries. For more information, visit http://www.worldbank.org/. To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://www.worldbank.org/projects.

Source: The World Bank

Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for October 2014

 

PM PEOPLE NEWS

30 September 2014 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, http://www.maxwideman.com/. According to Max (pictured):

140930-pmwj27-wideman-IMAGEThis month, in Part 2 of Robert Goatham’s Guest paper on Lessons in Learning, he eschews “tools and techniques” training in favor of even “Higher-Order Thinking Skills”. These are the essential skills for project managers to manage large and complex projects. The costs of such training should be judged against the costs of project failure.

In Part 3 of 4 of our Paper on Defining Project Success, respondents to the discussion distinguish between successive levels of the typical corporate management hierarchy and how each views “success” differently. The difference between “project success” and “product success” is also an issue. Read the discussion for valuable insights and examples.

In Part 2 of 3 as a follow up to last month’s Musings on Implementing a Standard Project Management Methodology we discover, among other things, that not everyone interprets the word “project” the same way — and some even see “project management” differently.

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.

Call for Papers on managing Infrastructure Megaprojects reissued

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

PMWJ renews call for papers on planning and managing large infrastructure projects and programmes – air, rail, road, sea, waterworks and more

29 September 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World is renewing its call for papers on the topic of planning and managing megaprojects. Articles and papers on this topic were first invited in June 2014, with many new works received. Based on the interest in the topic, the call for papers on megaproject management has been reissued.

140929-pmwj27-infrastructure-IMAGE2As mentioned in the previous call for papers (see June article), The McKinsey Global Institute (2013) “estimates global infrastructure spending will be US$3.4 trillion per year between 2013 and 2030” and The Economist: “infrastructure spending in emerging economies at US$2.2 trillion annually for the period 2009-2018”. All major development banks are calling for more investment in infrastructure in emerging markets worldwide.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “Prof Bent Flyvbjerg at Oxford has stated that 90% of megaprojects fail to meet cost, schedule or performance objectives, especially transportation infrastructure projects. Clearly more knowledge is needed on this topic.”

“How can so many highly educated and experienced experts get these projects so wrong?” Pells added. “There seems to be plenty of research underway, with a lot of smart people trying to understand the problems. But I suspect there may be some unseen issues and causes at work. If you have some experience or knowledge on this subject, please consider sharing it in a PMWJ article or paper.”

Researchers, practitioners and experts are invited to submit an original article or paper related to planning and managing infrastructure megaprojects for publication in the PM World Journal. Industry executives are also invited to share their knowledge or opinions as well.

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

Winners of September Drawing for Free Project Management Books Announced

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

Ten winners in nine countries to receive free books by registering at pmworldlibrary.net

29 September 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced the winners of their August drawing for free project management books among fully registered members of the PM World Library. Ten people in 9 different countries were winners of the random number drawing held for the 359 fully registered PMWL members on 28 September 2014. Information about the free book drawings can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

September winners of a free project management book were the following:

  • 140929-pmwj27-winners-IMAGEGeoffrey Phelps – Australia
  • Ed Naughton – Ireland
  • Oksana M – Ukraine
  • Mykhailo Minakov – Ukraine
  • Nkosilati Mpala – Zimbabwe
  • Jerry Ihejirika – Nigeria
  • Venkatesh Krishansamy – India
  • Roberto Sbragia – Brazil
  • Darrel Hubbard – USA
  • Prassana Ramabadran – India

Winners get to choose one of the following free books offered in the September drawing, on a first-come first-served basis:

Leading & Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program & Portfolio Management (eBook); Authors: Russell Archibald and Shane Archibald; Publisher: Infinity Press (2012); For more about the book, click here.

Enterprise Project Portfolio Management: Building Competencies for R&D and IT Investment Success; Authors: Dr. Richard Bayney, Ram Chakravarti; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2012); For more about the book, click here.

A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2013); For more about the book, click here.

Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics; Author: Mark C. Bojeun; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2013); For more about the book, click here.

Business Driven PMO Success Stories: Across Industries and Around the World; Author: Mark Price Perry; Publisher: J. Ross Publishing (2013); For more about the book, click here.

Introduction to Software Project Management; Author: Rodolfo Villafiorti; Publisher: CRC Press / Auerbach Publications (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Project Management for Engineering and Construction, 3rd Edition; Author: Garold (Gary) Oberlender; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

McGraw-Hill Education PMP Project Management Professional Exam; Author: Henrique Moura; Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2014); For more about the book, click here.

The Power of Enterprise PMOs and Enterprise-Wide Project Management; Authors: Dennis Bolles, Darrel G. Hubbard; Publisher: PBMconcepts (2014); For more about the book, click here.

Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice; Author: Morten Fangel; Publisher: Fangel Consulting (2013); For more about the book, click here.

To win, one must be a fully registered member of the PMWL. To see FREE BOOKS offered for more upcoming drawings, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the PMWL, go to http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. The Free books are provided by authors and publishers; if you are an author or publisher of a project or program management books and would like to offer a free copy of your book through this contest in exchange for significant publicity, contact [email protected].

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. Follow the PMWL on Facebook, LinkedIn or @pmworldlibrary.

Hill International receives $16M contract for PMO services in USA

 

PM INDUSTRY NEWS

Company wins new project management oversight support contract for the US Federal Transit Administration

29 September 2014 – Marlton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA, USA – Hill International has announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration to provide project management oversight (PMO) services on major transit capital projects nationwide. The five-year contract has an anticipated value to Hill of approximately $16.0 million.

140929-pmwj27-pmo-FTALOGOEach year, the FTA provides nearly $11 billion in financial assistance to help communities build, improve, maintain and operate public transportation systems. As PMO consultant, Hill supplements the FTA’s technical staff in assessing grantees’ project management and technical capacity to successfully implement the FTA’s capital programs.

Hill monitors the projects to determine if they are progressing on time, within budget, and in accordance with the grantees’ approved plans and specifications, and also provides technical assistance to ensure the success of the projects. Hill has been providing PMO services to the FTA continuously for nearly three decades.

“We understand the importance of the FTA’s PMO program in overseeing how federal funds are spent on transit projects nationwide,” said Vincent D. Gallagher, P.E., P.P., P.L.S., Senior Vice President and Director of Hill’s Federal Transit Group.  “We are extremely pleased that the FTA has decided to continue our involvement in the PMO program, which Hill helped pioneer in the 1980s,” added Gallagher.

Hill International (NYSE:HIL), with 4,500 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

Managing the Urgent and Unexpected: Twelve Project Cases and a Commentary – New Book by Stephen Wearne and Keith White-Hunt

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Part of the Advances in Project Management Series edited by Professor Darren Dalcher

29 September 2014 – London, UK – Gower Publishing has announced the publication of a new book by Stephen Wearne and Keith White-Hunt, Managing the Urgent and Unexpected: Twelve Project Cases and a Commentary. The book is featured in Gower’s Advances in Project Management Series.

140929-pmwj27-managing-IMAGESometimes unanticipated threats or opportunities create a situation in which work is required unexpectedly. On these occasions, such urgent and unexpected work demands an instant start, in contrast to the often lengthy processes of investigation, evaluation, development, selection and planning normal in businesses and public services before the start of a project.

Managing the Urgent and Unexpected explores what is different managerially if work is unexpected, its implementation is urgent and an immediate start it is required. The lessons offered here will help private and public organizations plan how to authorize and support future urgent work to take advantage of immediate new business opportunities or to protect or restore systems and services.

Stephen Wearne, PhD, is Senior Research Fellow, Project Management Research and Resources Group, University of Manchester. Stephen worked previously in the engineering and project management of large water power and nuclear power projects in the UK, South America and Japan. He is an Emeritus Professor of Technological Management, University of Bradford; Founder Chairman of the UK Engineering Project Management Forum. His awards include: Brennan Medal, Institution of Chemical Engineers; Garth Watson Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers; Sir Monty Finniston award, UK Association for Project Management.

Keith White-Hunt, DSc, is Deputy President of a new university in the UAE. Keith has held senior management positions in business and academia in the UK, USA and Asia-Pacific region, as well as elsewhere in the Arab Gulf. He also has CEO, COO and Board experience with numerous companies and as a senior member of national and international government and NGO advisory groups. Keith is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Founded in 1967 and based in the UK, Gower is an independent publisher, widely recognized as a specialist in project management books and resources. Gower’s publishing programme includes a range of over 1000 titles from classic business and project management books through to the most challenging and cutting edge topics. Gower’s expert authors are continually developing new titles and are drawn from respected academic institutions and industries worldwide. Gower’s project management home page can be found at www.gowerpublishing.com/projectmanagement

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More free content available on PM World Library website

 

PM EDUCATION NEWS

All author profiles and most recent works now accessible for free on pmworldlibrary.net

28 September 2014 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced a change in policy for freely accessing files on the http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/ website. Effective immediately, all author showcase pages and most recent papers, articles and book reviews can be accessed and read for free, without member registration or login.

140928-pmwj27-more-IMAGEEach month, all articles, papers and book reviews published in the PM World Journal are added to the PM World Library. Occasionally new works are also added directly to the library. New authors have new author showcase pages created and added to the library; all works are then accessible in three ways – directly from each author’s showcase page, from the listing of most recent works on the home page, and through the PM World Collection.

The PM World Collection provides searchable access to all works published in the PM World Journal since August 2012, now totaling around 1,000 articles, papers and other works related to program and project management. Members must be logged in to access articles and papers that have been in the library for more than 30 days.

According to library director and journal editor David Pells, “Access to everything on the library home page is now freely available to all visitors. Library visitors can read breaking news articles, and 30 or more new articles and papers by authors from around the PM world. Hopefully this will make the library website both more accessible and more useful to all readers.”

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

 

AIPM announces new local chapter leaders

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

27 September 2014 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced the result of elections for new leaders at all AIPM chapters across Australia. Nominations for the positions of Chapter President and Chapter Councillors closed on 24 August 2014. These positions will hold office for two years from the close of the 2014 AGM to the close of the AGM to be conducted in 2016.

Queensland

140927-pmwj27-new-IMAGEChapter President – Mark Patch

Chapter Councillors – Brad Cowen, Misha Jovanovic, Ian Biggs

New South Wales

Chapter President – Christopher Mansfield

Chapter Councillors – Gareth Chegwidden, Narinber Bhandari, Susan Linney, Mike Kano, Graham Watt, Dean Overend, Rebecca Atkinson, Kimberly Pilkington

Australian Capital Territory

Chapter President – David Bryant

Chapter Councillors – Julie Summerfield, Robert Elliott, Sylvia Boyle, Nicole Lock, Boyd McCarron, Michael Kennedy, Donald Coutts, Rakesh Malhotra, David Roulston, Anthony Miller

Victoria

Chapter President – Michael Ratcliffe

Chapter Councellors – Sahil Bhasin, Angela Lecomber, Nicolas Massie, Peter Winter, Frank Mancuso, Bob Baldassa, Fiona Park, Charlie Lentine, Vic Ratnieks, David Kemke

Tasmania

Chapter President – Michael King

Chapter Councellors – Choong Han Chu, Beverley Cummings, Bridget Nichols, Nerida Plumpton, Kathleen Kuryl, Maria Skillern, Lyndon Black, Rebecca Greenwood

South Australia

Chapter President – Sami Abou-Hamdan

Chapter Councellors – Brenton Scoop, Ashok Thaper, Marcus Goddard, Adam Schirmer, Anthony Wood, David Farwell, Angelo Rossi, Nicole Nader, Eric Mercier, Craig Rigg

Western Australia

Chapter President – Chris Carman

Chapter Councellors – Philip Harlow, Mirella Luketich, Gary Hatfield, Ian Nichol, Desmond Marsh, Michael Somerville-Brown

Northern Territory

Chapter President – Mark Dodt

Chapter Councellors – Robert Foote, Philip Joyce, Ralf Zenke, Stefania Fikus

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years. AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors. AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More about AIPM can be found at http://www.aipm.com.au/.

 

Source: AIPM

 

Wind Farm projects in Peru receive IDB funding

 

PROGRAMME/PROJECT NEWS

Marcona and Tres Hermanas projects to add total of 132 MW of renewable capacity to national grid

26 September 2014 – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced new loans of $23.2 million and $44.1 million to the Marcona and Tres Hermanas wind farm projects in the department of Nazca, south of Lima. The loans will provide long-term financing for two of the first commercial-scale wind power projects in Peru, leading to the displacement of an estimated 440,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

140926-pmwj27-peru-IMAGETogether, the energy generated by the two farms is expected to produce a supply equivalent to meet the needs of an estimated 500,000 Peruvian consumers. Construction on the Marcona farm and associated facilities was completed in March of this year. Work on the Tres Hermanas site began in July and is expected to be completed in September 2015.

“The IDB’s financing of these two projects will send a strong signal to potential investors in Peru’s wind market,” noted Jean-Marc Aboussouan, chief of the Infrastructure Division in the Bank’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department. “Wind offers a complement to thermal and hydroelectric sources, which today account for 97 percent of the country’s energy matrix, and will serve as a seasonal complement to hydro in particular.”

IDB support for the two farms is also expected to include subordinated debt funding from the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector (“C2F”), which will play a critical role in optiminzing the capital structure of the project.  The IDB is also discussing the design of training and recruitment initiatives for women, including internship programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with the project sponsor Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A.

The Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) leads all IDB non-sovereign guaranteed operations for large-scale projects, companies and financial institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The department serves as a catalyst, helping to mobilize third-party resources by partnering with commercial banks, institutional investors, co-guarantors and other co-financing entities in high-impact development projects.

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More information about the IDB is at http://www.iadb.org/. For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

Proactive Project Management book offered as Prize for FREE Book Drawings

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Four copies of landmark book by Morten Fangel to be given away through PM World Library over next four months

25 September 2014 – Copenhagen, Denmark – PM World has announced a new book being offered as a new prize in the PM World Library monthly drawings for free project management books – Proactive Project Management: How to make common sense common practice, by Morten Fangel. Morten is past president of the International Project Management Association, founder and managing director of the Danish Project Management Association and a global advisor for the PM World Journal and Library.

??????????????????????????????????????????This landmark book aims at shifting project management from taking place reactively – towards, to a greater extent, taking place proactively. To be proactive implies that the management initiatives take place where managerial challenges have not yet occurred or been recognized by the participants and parties.

A shift from recognizing what is common sense – towards making it common practice implies a conscious and persistent effort by the project manager and other partners involved in the management of the project. The book supports such a shift by presenting a variety of mindsets and related methods and tools to make that happen.

All registered members of the PM World Library are automatically registered for the monthly drawings for FREE project management books. For more information, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/monthly-drawing-for-free-books/.

WEBINAR ON THE ESSENSE OF PROACTIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

To assist readers with obtaining the essence of the book, Morten is conducting a series of free webinars in English during October and November 2014. To sign up or to learn more about the book, go to www.fangel.dk.

140925-pmwj27-proactive-IMAGE2Morten Fangel is Managing Director and Chief Consultant of Fangel Consultants Ltd., Saettedammen 4, DK-3400 Hilleroed / Copenhagen, Denmark.  He is also one of the founders of the Danish Project Management Association, (IPMA Denmark) of which he today is the Managing Director. Morten is also member of four other Nordic PM Associations, the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the Project Management Institute (PMI ®) and the Association of Certified Management Consultants (CMC).  He is former president, past Chair and an Honorary Fellow of IPMA, and an honorary member of the Icelandic Project Management Association.

Morten Fangel holds a Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. in industrial research from the Technical University of Denmark and a Diploma in Economics degree from the Copenhagen Business School. After years in consulting Engineering companies, he founded Fangel Consultants Ltd., from where he has more than three decades of experience in management consulting. Morten Fangel has introduced and is a specialist in methodologies for project preparation and start-up, and for planning and evaluation of project management. He also organizes and teaches the annual IPMA Advanced Courses.  Morten can be reached at [email protected].

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net. To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Three Environmental Projects in China to receive $500 million from World Bank

 

PROJECT NEWS

25 September 2014 – Washington, DC, USA – Today the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved three loans totaling $500 million to the People’s Republic of China to help improve people’s health, welfare and living conditions in three provinces through enhanced environmental services in urban and rural areas.

140925-pmwj27-china-IMAGEThe Qinghai Xining Water Environment Project, financed with an IBRD loan of US$150 million, will support the provincial capital’s effort to address the dual challenges of water shortage and deteriorating water environment by reducing water pollution from municipal sources and increasing reuse of wastewater in the Huangshui River basin (see map).

The funding will be used to construct storm-water and wastewater collection pipes, restore and improve the environment along the bank of Beichuan River and selected gullies and canals, pilot the reuse of treated wastewater, and strengthen the municipality’s capacity in integrated water environment management, directly benefiting some 319,000 residents in the suburban areas of Xining. The project complements the ongoing World Bank-financed Xining Flood and Watershed Management Project, which is improving the protection of property and safety of people from floods and bringing about sustainable utilization of land and water resources in Xining.

The Shaanxi Small Towns Infrastructure Project, financed with an IBRD loan of US$150 million, will help this western province cope with rapid urbanization by improving public services and utilities in nine counties and districts to enhance their ability to accommodate rural-urban migration. The project will finance new construction and rehabilitation of urban infrastructure such as urban roads, water supply, wastewater collection and storm drainage, expanding coverage of urban services, and strengthening town management capacity through introduction of asset management practices, policy studies, and advisory services. About 705,580 residents in the project towns will benefit from the project.

The Zhejiang Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project, financed with an IBRD loan of US$200 million, will address the urban-rural gap in water and sanitation services through construction or rehabilitation of raw water mains, water distribution networks and water treatment plants; increasing the number of sewerage household connections; rehabilitation of septic tanks; construction of sewerage collection networks and end-of-pipe treatment facilities; and establishing sustainable management systems. The project will be implemented in four counties or county-level cities and pilot solutions that could be scaled up and replicated in Zhejiang and other provinces in eastern China.

“These projects support the key objectives of Chinese government: they help reduce the gap in services between urban and rural areas and between western and eastern provinces. This also aligns well with the World Bank’s new goal of shared prosperity,” said Bert Hofman, new World Bank Country Director for China, Korea and Mongolia.

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries. To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/0,,contentMDK:21790401~menuPK:5119395~pagePK:41367~piPK:51533~theSitePK:40941,00.html For more information, visit http://www.worldbank.org/.

Source: The World Bank

MEGA Project DEALS set to boost Zimbabwe’s economy

 

OTHER NEWS AFFECTING PROJECTS & PM

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

25 September 2014 – Harare, Zimbabwe – ZIMBABWE continues to take major steps in the development and rehabilitation of its economic infrastructure especially in the strategic areas of energy and transport. Such developments are a clear indication that the country is making headway in addressing the economic problems that have been weighing heavily on the people of Zimbabwe as a result of the evil economic sanctions that were slapped by Western countries.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????At the beginning of September 2014 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe visited China (see photo at right), where Zimbabwe signed nine mega deals with the Far East country where the global giant committed to fund viable infrastructural projects in agriculture, transport and communications, roads and railways as well as energy among many.

China also provided a grant for the construction of schools and clinics in resettlement areas and that was quickly followed by the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kariba South Power Station Extension Project, which when completed will go a long way in helping meet the demand for electricity especially during peak periods. When President Mugabe commissioned the project, whose construction is expected to cost $533 million, it was announced that it would generate an additional 300MW by 2017.

While the country was still rejoicing at the developments in Kariba, it was reported last week that the Zimbabwe Government signed a memorandum of understanding with three Chinese power companies to build a 1 200MW thermal power plant in the Gwayi area of Matabeleland North at a cost estimated between $3 billion and $5 billion over a period of five years. The deal, signed in Harare by the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and three Chinese firms — Shanghai Electronics, Nan Jiang and Shenergy,is part of the development of infrastructure and utilities, which is one of the key pillars of Zim Asset, which identifies energy and power development as key enablers to productivity and socio-economic development.

Under the deal, Shanghai Electronics would partner Shenergy and Nan Jiang to form Southern Africa Shanghai Energiser Company (SASEC), which would mine coal and build the power plant in the coal mining belt.

It is against this background that Project Management Zimbabwe applauds both the Zimbabwe Government and its all-weather friend, China, for embarking on such economic projects that clearly are taking us out of the economic quagmire that we have been in. These projects will not only bring energy to the doorsteps of Zimbabweans, but will also create thousands of jobs for the locals. SASEC, besides selling the electricity to the State-owned Zimbabwe Power Company, will export to the other countries in the region.

These projects will certainly change the socio-economic landscape of areas such as Matabeleland North. It is our fervent hope that the companies will not look far from where they would be operating for their labour. They should employ locals so that they benefit from these natural resources abundantly found in their areas so that they have a buy-in of these economic development projects.

The companies should also play their expected role of taking corporate responsibility seriously by constructing social amenities such as clinics, rehabilitating roads and schools. The Chinese as our friends should continue with this revolutionary and progressive spirit in supporting the Government of Zimbabwe and as Zimbabweans we should not let our good friends down, we should not let the support at this crucial period of our history slip through our fingers. There is a need for everyone to work hard so that we revive our economy, which has been battered by the illegal sanctions.

The Government is also expected to come up with policies that protect such investors, who have come on board at our time of need. However, local Project Management experts have called upon the Government to find investors in other pressing areas such as water projects. There is a need to speed up the construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam, one of the awaited economic projects in the country viewed as the panacea to the water problems affecting Bulawayo and its surrounding areas. The unpredictable water situation in Bulawayo has been mentioned as one of the reasons for the flight of companies from the country’s second largest city.

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe

 

India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully enters Mars orbit

 

PROGRAMME NEWS

24 September 2014 – Bangalore, India – The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully entered into an orbit around planet Mars today morning (September 24, 2014) by firing its 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) along with eight smaller liquid engines. This Liquid Engines firing operation which began at 07:17:32 Hrs IST lasted for 1388.67 seconds which changed the velocity of the spacecraft by 1099 metre/sec.

140924-pmwj27-mars-IMAGEWith this operation, the spacecraft entered into an elliptical orbit around Mars. Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, was present at ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore to witness this important event.

Other dignitaries who were present at ISTRAC include His Excellency Governor of Karnataka, Mr Vajubhai R Vala, Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Mr D V Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mr Ananth Kumar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Minister of State (Space), Dr Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr G M Siddeswara, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mr Prahlad V Joshi, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Government of Karnataka, Mr Ramalinga Reddy and Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, Government of Karnataka, Mr Muniraju S. Prof U R Rao, former chairman, ISRO and Prof Yash Pal, former director, Space Applications Centre, were also present. 

The events related to Mars Orbit Insertion progressed satisfactorily and the spacecraft performance was normal. The Spacecraft is now circling Mars in an orbit whose nearest point to Mars (periapsis) is at 421.7 km and farthest point (apoapsis) at 76,993.6 km. The inclination of orbit with respect to the equatorial plane of Mars is 150 degree, as intended. In this orbit, the spacecraft takes 72 hours 51 minutes 51 seconds to go round the Mars once. 

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft was launched on-board India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV on November 05, 2013 into a parking orbit around the Earth. On December 01, 2013, following Trans Mars Injection (TMI) manoeuvre, the spacecraft escaped from orbiting the earth and followed a path that would allow it to encounter Mars on September 24, 2014. 

With today’s successful Mars Orbit Insertion operation, ISRO has become the fourth space agency to successfully send a spacecraft to Mars orbit. In the coming weeks, the spacecraft will be thoroughly tested in the Mars orbit and the systematic observation of that planet using its five scientific instruments would begin.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary space agency of India and among the largest government space agencies in the world. Its primary objective is to advance space technology and use its applications for national benefit. Established in 1969 and headquartered in Bengaluru, ISRO is under the administrative control of the Department of Space, Government of India. For information, visit http://www.isro.org/index.aspx .

Source: ISRO

Parakou Urban Transport Project in Benin gets green light

 

PROJECT NEWS

22 September 2014 – Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that the Republic of Benin will receive a combined loan and grant amounting to US$ 58.50 million to help finance the Parakou Urban Transport Project. Funding was approved by executive directors of the AfDB on 19 September 2014 in Abidjan. The project involves the rehabilitation and widening of 17.55 kilometers of main roads in the city to double lanes in order to increase urban mobility, reduce accidents as well as improve the peoples’ living conditions.

140922-pmwj27-parakou-IMAGEIt will help to reduce poverty by improving access to basic social services and strengthening the activities of women and other disadvantaged groups through the creation of socio-economic activities in the city of Parakou.

Parakou, Benin’s third largest city and a major agricultural (cotton) production zone, is located at the crossroads of major international roads connecting Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo and Nigeria. The city is the terminus of the Cotonou-Niger railway. It links up to the port of Cotonou, one of the main ports in West Africa and provides access to all of Benin’s neighbouring countries. As a result, the city is characterized by high movement of people and an influx of nationals of neighbouring countries, attracted by the regional and international scale of the local markets.

The project is aligned with critical Bank transport, integration and related development strategies including the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy III for 2011-2015 which focuses on the establishment of transport, logistics and trade services as well as the improvement of transport infrastructure. It also fits with the country’s decentralization policy strategy; its National Land-Use Planning and Implementation Framework adopted in 2013; as well as the Municipal Development Plan of the city of Parakou for 2014-2016.

The total cost of project to be implemented from 2015-2020 is estimated at US$118.82 million (CFAF 57.37 billion). It will be financed with an African Development Fund (ADF) loan of US$56.64 million; a Global Environment Facility Grant of US$ 1.86 million as well as contributions from the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and the Government of Benin.

For more information about this project, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/documents/document/benin-parakou-urban-transport-project-esia-summary-47492/

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent. For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank