Further Advances in Project Management



New collection of essays by leading project management authorities edited by Darren Dalcher released by Routledge

28 December 2016 – London, UK – Routledge has announced the publication of Further Advances in Project Management: Guided Exploration in Unfamiliar Landscapes, edited by Darren Dalcher. The new book was published under the Gower imprint. Prof Dalcher is director of the National Centre for Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

further-advancs-in-pmAccording to Routledge, projects are ubiquitous to moden society, yet, concerns around successful delivery, value realisation, resilience and making change stick force a significant re-evaluation of the scope and extent of the ‘normal’ project discourse. The common thread for all of this is around capabilities, skills, attitudes, values and perspectives that are needed for successful delivery and the sustained realisation of interest, relationships, benefit, value and impact.

The chapters collated in this volume bring together leading authorities on topics that are relevant to the management, leadership, governance and delivery of projects. Topics include people, communication, ethics, change management, value realisation, benefits, complexity, decision-making, project assurance, communication, knowledge management, big data, project requirements, business architecture, stakeholder engagement, strategy, users, systems thinking and resilience.

The main aims of the collection are to reflect on the state of practice within the discipline; to propose new extensions and additions to good practice; to offer new insights and perspectives; to distil new knowledge; and to provide a way of sampling a range of the most promising ideas, perspectives and styles of writing from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the discipline.

Darren Dalcher is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland and Adjunct Professor at the Lille Graduate School of Management (SKEMA). He is the founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), an interdisciplinary centre of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, charities, NGOs and the learned societies. Prof Dalcher is an advisor and frequent contributor to the PM World Journal.

To learn more about the book, click here.

Founded in 1967 and widely recognized as a specialist publisher of project management books and resources, Gower is now part of the Routledge / Taylor and Francis Group. Over the years, Gower published over 1000 business and project management books addressing some of the most challenging and cutting edge topics. The Gower series on Advances in Project Management can now be found at https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Project-Management/book-series/APM. The newest project management titles from Routledge publishers including Gower can be found here.


Manantiales-Behr Wind Farm Project



Argentina’s largest wind farm project will contribute to reduce the carbon footprint and diversify the energy matrix in the country

22 December 2016 – Buenos Aires, Argentina and Washington, DC, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced that the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), acting on behalf of the IDB, has granted a $200 million syndicated loan to YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A. in Argentina for the construction, operation and maintenance of the 100 MW Manantiales Behr wind farm and related facilities. The project includes a 20 km transmission line of 132 kV and is located about 40 km northeast of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia.

wind-turbine-3The project will contribute to the diversification of Argentina’s energy matrix and will avoid 245,311 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, supporting the country’s goal of generating 30 percent of its energy from non-traditional renewable sources.

The IIC led the financial structuring of the project, which consists of a $100 million 9-year A loan and a $100 million 6-year B loan. The participating banks are BBVA, Banco Santander and Citibank.

The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to supporting the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IIC finances sustainable enterprises and projects to achieve financial results that maximize social and environmental development for the region. With a current portfolio of $7 billion under management and 330 clients in 20 countries, the IIC works across sectors to provide innovative financial solutions and advisory services that meet the evolving demands of its clients. For more about IIC, visit http://www.iic.org/en. For more about IIC projects in Argentina, go to http://www.iic.org/en/countries/regional-developing/argentina-0

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 www.iadb.org. For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank



$2 Billion for Transit Projects in Seattle



USDOT Launches Innovative Infrastructure Financing Tool created by the newly formed Build America Bureau

22 December 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that four transit projects in the Seattle area could receive up to nearly $2 billion in financing through an innovative infrastructure financing tool created by the Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau.

sound-transit-trainOn Thursday, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) and the Build America Bureau (Bureau) signed a Master Credit Agreement (MCA) – a first-of-its-kind arrangement in which the local transit authority will be able to expedite multiple loan requests under a single agreement with the federal government. The first of those loans, $615.3 million for the Northgate Link Extension, also closed today.

“This announcement demonstrates that the Build America Bureau is already playing a major role in how projects are planned and paid for by streamlining the financing process and bringing together valuable tools for accessing federal dollars. This means projects like the Northgate Link Extension Project can move forward more quickly and effectively,” said Transportation Secretary Foxx. “We are proud of the work done through the Bureau to speed investments needed in growing regions like the Pacific Northwest. This development is a big win for the entire region.”

Secretary Foxx launched the Bureau earlier this year to provide a one-stop-shop for state and municipal governments to find innovative solutions to funding critical infrastructure projects. An MCA is one tool that the Bureau offers to help project sponsors streamline the process of applying for federal transportation infrastructure loans through the federal government’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and the Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) programs.

The MCA signed by Sound Transit covers four separate projects approved by voters as part of the transit authority’s ST-2 program. The $615.3 million TIFIA loan for the first project, the Northgate Link Extension, was approved today and will move forward. The MCA will dramatically streamline the application process for the next three projects, enabling Sound Transit to more easily apply for the loans for the Operations & Maintenance Satellite Facility: East; Lynnwood Extension; and Federal Way Link Extension projects.

“With the use of a Master Credit Agreement, the Build America Bureau can now negotiate one deal with entities that have multiple projects in their pipeline to gain access to federal loans,” said Andrew Right, Acting Executive Director of the Build America Bureau. “This has tremendous potential to save time and resources for infrastructure developers and increases transparency for the many partners involved in making transportation safer, faster, and easier in the area.”

Since its inception, the Bureau has closed $4 billion in financings and supports more than $7.8 billion in rail, highway and transit projects across the country. The Bureau has 16 projects in creditworthiness review for a total potential loan amount of over $5.5 billion. The Bureau also manages the private activity bond program, the Outreach and Project Development functions of the Build America Transportation Investment Center, and the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. Established by the US Congress in 1966, it is governed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Its mission is to “Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.” DOT provides financing for hundreds of transportation-related programs and projects around the United States each year. For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation



Lean and Agile Project Management: How to Make Any Project Better, Faster, and More Cost Effective



New book from CRC Press shows how lean and agile principles can be applied in project management

15 December 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Lean and Agile Project Management: How to Make Any Project Better, Faster, and More Cost Effective, by Terra Vanzant Stern, PhD. Published in December 2016, this new book shows how to apply lean principles to project management (PM).

9781498739160According to the CRC release, this book also includes the following highlights

  • Teaches the application of simple Six Sigma metrics in PM
  • Discusses the adoption of agile techniques in PM in order to stay on task and remain flexible
  • Helps readers discover the theoretical synergies between popular PM programs
  • Promotes an understanding of how lean people skills can help a person become a better leader and manager

When project managers are faced with budget cuts and fewer resources, waste elimination becomes a priority in maintaining effectiveness. This does not mean shortening or abandoning traditional project cycles, though. In fact, fast results on critical assignments can only be completed with strong plans and a detailed work-breakdown structure. The connections, or lack thereof, are what strongly impact performance and quality. This book defines nine wastes found in project management and demonstrates how they can be addressed with lean technology.

For more about this book, click here.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm ; to learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

Source: CRC Press



Cranefield College reconfirms industry basis for graduate degrees



Online programme, project and performance management degree programs from South African graduate school available to students worldwide

17 December 2016 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Cranefield College has reconfirmed the industry basis for the school’s current curricula of programme, project and performance management degree programs, including bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Cranefield is widely recognized for its programme and project management courses and degrees.

pmwj43-Feb2016-Steyn-PHOTOAccording to Prof Pieter Steyn, Cranefield’s Executive Director (pictured), “Cranefield College’s academic qualifications are structured to best serve the leadership and management needs of organisations from many sectors in the economy. Our academic qualifications focus on value chain performance management, including programme-managing the organisation’s supply chain activities and project management portfolios. Due to its profound importance, leadership and management excellence for strategic success is strongly emphasized.”

In addition to the existing Master’s degrees, heavily comprised of dissertations, Cranefield will soon offer an additional Master’s degree in Value Chain Performance Management comprising module work only. A new Bachelor in Business Administration will follow. A PhD was recently awarded to a German citizen, where Cranefield’s academic qualifications enjoy full recognition.

Up to Postgraduate Diploma level students do one module of three month’s duration at a time, and classes are limited to one morning per month. Participating students have a choice between attending live sessions on campus, or interactively online. Where a student is unable to participate in a live session (due to a particular work situation or location, for instance), he or she can still subsequently view an online recording thereof.

Increasingly, employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the competence of employees and for providing them with the necessary skills to be of

immediate benefit to their organisations. An accolade often received from students is: “what I learn from Cranefield today, I can implement in my work tomorrow”. Moreover, Cranefield graduates are profoundly successful in their career advancement internationally. An example is our graduate who is regional director of Delta Airways in America. The average age of Cranefield’s students is 38 years”.

Cranefield College is an accredited and registered private higher education institution offering a range of qualifications including PhD. Its academic programmes are available globally through technology-enhanced distance learning, utilizing a state of the art Learning Management System (LMS). Classes, which are advisable to attend but not compulsory, are offered at Cranefield’s auditorium in Johannesburg and simultaneously streamed live online globally. This makes it possible for students to study from anywhere in the world. For more about Cranefield College’s academic offerings and its EU-based global research partner LENS Living Lab, access their website at www.cranefield.ac.za.



Management of Sandia National Labs changes hands



NNSA Awards Sandia National Laboratories Management & Operating Contract to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS)

16 December 2016 – Washington, DC and Albuquerque, NM, USA – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced today it has awarded National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) with the management and operating contract for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). NTESS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International. Northrop Grumman and Universities Research Association will support NTESS in the performance of this contract. The award is valued at $2.6 billion annually over 10 years, if all options are exercised.


“Following a full and open competition, NNSA is pleased to announce the selection of NTESS as our M&O partner at Sandia,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (ret.), Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “The Sandia bid generated unprecedented interest from across industry, demonstrating that our improved acquisitions process is attracting high-quality competition and the best talent to serve NNSA’s mission.”

In addition to NNSA’s improved selection criteria, the solicitation for the SNL M&O contract incorporated a number of governance initiatives launched by DOE following recommendations from the Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise (Augustine-Mies Report), Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories (CRENEL), and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB).

SNL is responsible for non-nuclear engineering development of all U.S. nuclear weapons and for systems integration of the nuclear weapons with their delivery vehicles. SNL’s national security responsibilities include design, qualification, certification, and assessment of the nonnuclear subsystems and system qualification of nuclear weapons.

SNL also leads the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) in developing new technologies in the safety, security, reliability and use control of nuclear weapons, and works closely with other NSE sites on issues associated with production and dismantlement of nuclear weapons, surveillance and support of weapons in the stockpile. Other responsibilities include advancing technologies in nuclear intelligence, nonproliferation, and treaty verification. Sandia has locations in Albuquerque, NM; Livermore, CA; Kauai, HI; and Tonopah, NV.

The current M&O contract for SNL will expire on April 30, 2017, allowing for a full four month transition period, which will provide stability for the workforce employed under the current contract and efficient continuity of operations for NNSA’s vital missions performed there.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. More about NNSA can be found at http://nnsa.energy.gov/aboutus

Source: NNSA 



24 new works by 27 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 1957 project management articles, papers & other works by 855 different authors in more than 60 countries

16 December 2016– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 24 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 27 different authors in 15 different countries were published in the December 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

150309-pmwj32-31-PMWL LOGOThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 1980 original works by more than 860 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 25 new works by many different authors; of the 27 authors this month, 8 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We were happy to see so many good papers and articles offered for the final 2016 edition of the PMWJ. Those works are now in the library, tagged to various key words and categories and accessible from both the library home page as well as individual author showcases. Some of these works are results of research, some are significant, all add to the professional body of knowledge.”

New authors in November include Prof Khaled al Medallah (Egypt), Prof Mohamed S. Atwa (Egypt), Michael Borts (USA), Rebecca Brady (USA), Ahmed S. Elwan (Egypt/Saudi Arabia), Oliver Lehmann (Germany), Ihuoma Okwara (Nigeria) and Mohammed El Rashid (Sudan). New works from 19 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The paper by Paul Giammalvo is particularly meaningful,” Pells adds. “as it is an update to his benchmarking research on project management certifications around the world. The reports from correspondents are also interesting, including Jouko Vaskimo’s report on the recent meeting in Athens of ISO technical committee 258 that is working on a new international standard for project, program and portfolio management.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,100 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

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 digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (digital publication ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of business books, magazines, journals and other publications. Comments or questions can be emailed to [email protected].



AACE Launches Certelligence


7 December 2016 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE International’s Certification Board has announced that the AACE certification module is now open and ready to receive certification and recertification applications.

161207-pmwj53-aace-logoAccording to the AACE news release, for the past 13 months AACE staff has worked with software leader ACGI to configure their cloud-based Credentialing Management System – known as Certelligence – to automate and streamline AACE’s most critical certification business functions. Unlike the old system, Certelligence has specifically configured each application based on minimum eligibility requirements. Everything provided from employment date ranges to letter of recommendations has meaning and will determine if the application can be submitted for review. Although the system is robust and sophisticated, it is easy to use.

The new system also features a centralized profile menu to enhance the user’s experience by:

  • Making an initial application that allows eligibility verification documentation uploads.
  • Providing recertification activity (for three years), that is ultimately used as the application to recertify.
  • Providing a certification overview to keep abreast of when a certification was first given or when it will expire.
  • Accessing the directory of all certificants.

As with all new systems, it will take some time to learn how to do something or where to find something. Therefore, they have created a library of tutorials to show how to make an application and how to respond to requests. They have also created several handbooks as a guide to understand the new system’s terms and phrases, writing a technical paper and recertification program options. Visit the Certelligence website to learn more.

If you have any questions, experience any technical difficulties, or need more information, contact Headquarters Certification Staff at [email protected] or +1-304-296-8444, ext. 1110.

Founded in 1956, AACE International is a professional society for cost estimators, cost engineers, schedulers, project managers, and project control specialists. AACE International is industry independent, and has members in 78 countries and 71 local sections. AACE offers a monthly journal, online bookstore, education, library, certification, annual conference, professional development opportunities, employment information, executive search services, member discounts and other benefits. For more information, visit http://www.aacei.org/.

Source: AACE International



2017 IRNOP Doctoral Workshop at Boston University



Doctoral students of program and project management invited to present and discuss their research

6 December 2016 – Boston, MA, USA – During 11-14 June 2017, the bi-annual IRNOP conference will be hosted by Metropolitan College, a multi-disciplinary school within Boston University (BU) in the United States. Metropolitan College is globally recognized for the excellence and academic rigor of its project management programs, and for its pioneering stance in the development of online education.

IRNOP, the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects, is the world’s largest network of academic researchers in the program and project management field. In keeping with its vibrant international spirit, the bi-annual IRNOP conference has been held in 12 cities across the globe since it began. This will be the first time that the IRNOP conference has been held in the USA.

160923-pmwj51-irnop-bu-logoA “Call for Papers” was issued in October for the INOP 2017 research conference, the largest of its kind in the world. To see the Call for Papers, click here.

2017 IRNOP Doctoral Workshop

Now IRNOP 2017 invites submissions from doctoral students in project management or a related discipline to attend a Doctoral Workshop on Sunday, 11 June 2017. As with previous IRNOP workshops you will have an opportunity to discuss your Doctoral research and thesis. You will also receive mentoring and advice from an international panel of distinguished project management researchers

The two criteria for acceptance are:

  • Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program and must express interest via the process described below.
  • Students must be registered and pay the discounted IRNOP student fee of $225.

To be considered for this workshop, students must submit an abstract outlining their doctoral research, indicating the stage of their research. It will be useful to also document challenges you are facing, if any, and what advice or opportunity you are seeking. We may break out the discussions into separate groups where students will have an opportunity to present their research.

Doctoral Workshop Submission Process

Abstracts of 750 words must be submitted through [email protected]with subject header: Doctoral Workshop Abstract.  Include a brief overview of the nature of the research problem, methodology/method, theoretical framework, and explain how you would benefit from the workshop.  We encourage you to include a brief bibliography. This would not count towards the 750-word limit.

IRNOP 2017 theme

The theme of the 2017 IRNOP conference is The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks. Project management is evolving, and over the last two decades it has shifted from a set of tools that could assist in the execution of actions, to a more complex and dynamic set of process-based and behaviorally-based activities, underpinned by a growing and significant body of research. The modern understanding of the project domain embraces complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty in turbulent environments, and has moved towards an alignment with broader academic concepts, including complex adaptive systems, operations management, improvisational working practices, and evidence-based management. For more about the conference, visit the IRNOP 2017 website at http://irnopboston.org/ or contact [email protected]


The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) was founded in 1993 as a community of scholars and practitioners with a common passion for projects and project organizing in temporary organizations. The IRNOP network includes members from all over the world, with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in business, economics, engineering and management. The network prides itself on its independence – avoiding any central administration – and aims to share local project initiatives and innovations on an international platform. For more about IRNOP, visit http://www.irnop.org/



U.S. Senate approves Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act



Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development in U.S. government agencies now heads to President Obama for signature.

1 December 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously re-approved S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA) on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. This legislation is intended to enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation, strongly endorsed by PMI, has now cleared both chambers of Congress with bi-partisan support and will go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

161201-pmwj53-pmiaa-imageThis action, which occurred yesterday evening, marks the second time the Senate has unanimously approved this legislation. A previously-passed version of the bill cleared the House of Representatives on 22 September 2016 with minor modifications. The revised legislation was then sent back to the Senate for final approval

According to PMI, the PMIAA reforms federal program management policy in four important ways:

  1. Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
  2. Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government.
  3. Recognizing the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in federal agencies to be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
  4. Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management.

“This critical legislation will help maximize efficiency within the U.S. federal government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley. “We are pleased this landmark bill has passed the U.S. Senate again, and we would like to thank Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for their leadership in advancing this bipartisan, bicameral legislation. We look forward to having this bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in the coming days.”

The reforms outlined in the PMIAA are consistent with PMI member input and research that shows that organizations that invest in program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. The findings demonstrated by PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® report also indicate that standardized approaches, engaged executive sponsors and certified professionals are fundamental building blocks to all organizations achieving their highest levels of performance. Improving program management leads to benefits such as increased collaboration, improved decision making and reduced risk.

PMI’s report also uncovered that only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent — and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs. The research also shows that these best practices result in improved efficiency and less money being wasted. Most importantly, organizations see more projects delivering expected value to stakeholders on time and within budget.

To read the full Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act as passed by the U.S. Senate, click here.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

Editor’s note: This new legislation can provide a model for other governments around the world for improving program management within national government agencies and departments. The combination of this new policy direction in the U.S. government, coupled with the UK’s approach to major project oversight, can offer a useful model for other countries to improve the management of publicly funded programs and projects.



Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for December 2016



30 November 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com. According to Max:

141031-pmwl-wideman-MAXThis month we have reviewed a great book: Procuring Successful Mega-Projects by Louise Hart, and how to arrange major government contracts without ending up in court. You will find it in Papers. This book is remarkably easy to read and provides invaluable advice for procurement in any major project.

We’ve also added a case study in Papers that describes the Olympic Village Project Fiasco. This project was successful in its first assignment but finally ended up losing a lot of money. An interesting study in political interference with a lot of valuable lessons!

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.



Keynote Speakers for 2017 University of Maryland Project Management Conference Announced



Two-Day Symposium to feature Speakers from the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, U.S. Census Bureau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and More

29 November 2016 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has announced that five in-demand keynote speakers will headline its fourth annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 4-5, 2017 at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

Jeff Gravatte of CADD Microsystems, Lisa Blumerman of the U.S. Census Bureau, Patricia Carper of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Dr. Karl Wunderlich of Noblis, and Stephen A. Shinn of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will provide symposium participants with a big-picture view of how project managers play an integral role in government, industry, and academe.


To kick things off on May 4th, Gravatte will pull from experience as the CEO and Owner of CADD Microsystems during his presentation, “Technology Trends Affecting Project Management in Building Design and Construction.” With CADD Microsystems, Gravette maintains a focus on the business aspects of applying design technology. He works with architects, engineers, contractors and building owners to provide strategic technology planning.

During lunch, Blumerman will divulge how project management is crucial at the Census Bureau in her presentation, “Counting Our Nation: How Project Management Paves the Way.” As the Associate Director for the Decennial Census programs, she provides executive leadership for three major programs within the Census Bureau–the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Geographic Programs.

Carper will wrap up Day 1 of the Symposium with a monumental presentation titled, “MGM National Harbor Project.” As Vice President and on-site Project Executive for the MGM project for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Carper will cover the many facets of the $1.3B development in Oxon Hill, Md. slated to open in December 2016.

The next morning, Wunderlich will present, “Creating a System of Automated and Connected Vehicles,” and share his world-view on how decentralized control of the shared transportation system resource can be influenced to reduce risks and meet the demands of the emerging mobility consumer.

Rounding out the keynote presentation list, Shinn will discuss the cultural challenges project managers face when leading complex technical missions, and will share approaches to ensure success in a changing environment.  He will reveal common cultural barriers and will discuss his change initiatives at Goddard to overcome barriers and provide a process for lasting change in his presentation, “Challenges in a Changing Environment.”

Symposium attendees can customize their event experience by choosing from a dozen session tracks on topics including agile/IT, construction management (including building information modeling (BIM)), disaster management, education, federal programs, integrated program performance management, risk and big data, and technology in project management.

New this year, attendees can also participate in a people in projects track and choose from four specific focuses including, change management, conflict resolution, motivation, and negotiation. 

For those looking to maintain a PMI credential, the Project Management Symposium offers an opportunity to earn up to 13 professional development units (PDUs) in the PMI Talent Triangle.  Each speaker will specify which of the three talent triangle skills his or her presentation will address.   

With this year’s symposium projected to draw record-breaking attendance, those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 2nd early-bird deadline. For more information, or to register, visit the UMD Project Management Symposium website.  

This event is made possible, in part, by Conference Sponsor Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Gold Sponsor CADD Microsystems, track sponsors Project Management Institute (PMI) Government Relations Office and Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation (MCCEI), plus media sponsor Project Management World Journal.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” Visit www.pm.umd.edu.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence



Marina Plećaš in Croatia completes research internship for PM World Library



Recent master’s level graduate from the University of Zagreb completes research internship for PM World Library

27 November 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Zagreb, Croatia – PM World has announced that Ms Marina Plećaš has completed her project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL).  Marina began her internship in late February and completed the program on 31 October 2016.  See her intern profile and research results at https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/marina-plecas/.

160202-marina-plecas-150xMarina Plećaš has recently received her Master’s degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (University of Zagreb) in Zagreb, Croatia. Her major fields of study were BIM, project management and risk management. Marina also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Risk Management in Construction Projects. She is a member of IPMA Young Crew and Croatian Association for Construction Management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.  To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to https://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Marina was an outstanding research intern.  Based on her graduate studies, she identified and provided resources for the library related to building information modeling, known as BIM, including guides, templates and other information.  BIM is one of the newest technologies with tremendous implications for projects and project management in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.  ”

Marina stated, “I found the internship experience with PM World Library very useful, and it was fun to provide information and resources related to BIM, one of my major subjects in graduate school.  I was also happy to complete the program, since I have now graduated and started working full time.”

Pells added, “Ms. Plećaš came to us through Professor Mladen Vukomanović at the University of Zagreb.  Dr. Vukomanović leads the BIM program at the university, is actively involved with project management and local IPMA activities, and has become a strong supporter of the PM World Library.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected].

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership.  Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.



Venture capital available for space-based projects in Europe



22 November 2016 – Paris, France – The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that the Seraphim Space Fund of venture capital, currently worth £50 million, is set to boost European small, medium and start-up companies developing space-based applications, services and technologies. The news was announced in an ESA news release today.

The fund offers a springboard for all space technology, emerging products, applications and associated services that have been developed with ESA’s help. This includes software, hardware and integrated solutions for companies that use satellite data for a wide range of applications such as intelligent transport and smart cities, through to sectors including insurance, maritime, agriculture and oil and gas.

The fund fits well with projects that have originated under ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme, but is also open to all developments that have been supported by ESA, including ESA-incubated companies. Seraphim fills the funding gap that often exists when a space company or start-up first enters the market and can provide expertise and access to customers, if required.

161122-pmwj53-esa-seraphimThe fund is targeting a final value of about £80 million during the second quarter of 2017 but has already opened for business and is ready to make investments.

ESA’s Senior Advisor to the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, Amnon Ginati, who sits on the Seraphim Advisory Board, commented, “ESA’s cooperation with Seraphim Capital offers space companies, start-ups and ESA-incubated companies a new conduit to funding beyond ESA.

“The Seraphim fund tops a long list of private investors who have already committed more than Euro55 million in commercially promising companies and projects arising out of ESA programmes. ESA makes no financial contribution to the Seraphim fund. ESA’s role is to recommend suitable candidates and act as a facilitator, and these efforts are paid for by the fund.”

Mark Boggett, Managing Director at Seraphim Capital, added: “Low-cost access to space will come to define the decade ahead. We look forward to working closely with ESA and providing the next step of financing to a range of innovative businesses developed through their various programmes.”

Seraphim Capital is managed by a team of fund partners, with decades of experience investing in early stage technology businesses. The new fund focuses on space tech and the broader ‘space enabling’ ecosystem.

The space industry is undergoing unprecedented technological change and the fund’s corporate venture structure will enable investors, including large space companies, to gain insight into the next wave of emerging technologies, helping them to innovate faster and ultimately bring more value to their customers.

More information about Seraphim Capital can be found at http://seraphimcapital.co.uk/

ARTES transforms research and development investment into space technology, systems, commercial products and services that benefit our daily lives. ARTES Applications can be found at: artes-apps.esa.int, while ARTES technology and products may be found at: artes.esa.int.

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. It is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement. ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. For more, visit http://www.esa.int/ESA.

Source: European Space Agency



Call for Papers for PM World Journal


Original articles and papers for December and January editions sought – celebrate 2016 successes; share knowledge to start the new year

21 November 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the December and January editions of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, good practices, issues and solutions related to managing programs and projects in any application, industry or location.

161122-pmwj52-coverThe PMWJ has issued numerous calls for papers over the last few years, all of which remain in effect. Each edition of the PMWJ also contains a variety of content categories, including featured (research based) papers, advisory articles, commentaries, interviews, case studies, reports and book reviews. The “second editions” category provides an opportunity for republication of papers previously presented at conferences or published in a language other than English. Authors of all works published in the PMWJ receive showcase recognition.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We are seeking original works from authors around the world, especially in transition economies where advancing the profession really requires sharing of experience and information. Even in such basic industries as agriculture, education and healthcare, effective project management can create tremendous value. And technology projects are everywhere now. If you have knowledge to share, please send us an article or paper.”

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected] For author guidelines, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.



Zimbabwe Government Commissions US$150million Victoria Falls Airport Upgrade Project



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

21 November 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe has commissioned a new look US$150 million Victoria Falls International Airport. The airport was official opened by his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mr Robert Mugabe on 18 November 2016. Project sponsors, the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), say the project development is expected to boost the airport’s aircraft handling capacity and tourism in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

Named after one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, the resort town has the potential to become a commercial centre due to the anticipated increased traffic. Passenger traffic is expected to increase from the current 500 000 to about 1,8 million per year.


The airport, able to handle long-haul jets such as the Airbus A340, Boeing 777 and Boeing 747, is expected to increase efficiency in Zimbabwe’s tourism sector as well as improve the southern African nation’s image, which has had a severe bashing for the past decade or so due to socio-economic challenges.

CAAZ also took advantage of the presence of about 400 global airline executives at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) annual general assembly which was held in Victoria Falls during the same week to market to the world the upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport.

161121-pmwj53-banda-photo2The airport, funded by a US$150 million Export-Import Bank of China loan to the Zimbabwean government, was constructed by a Chinese construction company, Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group.

“The airport is the gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls, a world heritage site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The New Victoria Falls International Airport’s features include: The new international terminal building, a new four-kilometre long by 60 metre wide runway, extended parking areas for aircraft, new control tower, new fire station, new road networks; a new state of the art international passenger terminal building and a refurbished domestic terminal with a capacity to handle 1,5 million passengers per annum. The apron area has a capacity to handle aircraft in the class of the B747 and equivalent,” said CAAZ.

The airport expansion project started in February 2013. The new terminal would be used for international flights while the existing terminal would be converted to domestic use.

CAAZ is already marketing the new facility to lure new airlines. “The airport has modern passenger facilities which include a compatible baggage handling system, flight information display system and common use passenger processing system. This new state-of-the-art airport will now accommodate long haul flights from around the globe, which is expected to increase the inflow of tourists into Zimbabwe,” CAAZ said

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



Saif Ul Amin appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Pakistan



Recent graduate from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad joins global team of correspondents for PM World Journal

18 November 2016 – Dallas, USA and Nowshera, Pakistan – PM World has announced that Mr. Saif Ul Amin has been appointed an international correspondent for PM World in Pakistan.   He will join a global network of correspondents to report on project management activities and developments in Pakistan for the PM World Journal and PM World Library.

161118-saif-ul-amin-150xSaif Ul Amin is a project management specialist and research scholar who works in the public sector of Pakistan. Saif graduated from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan with the MS degree in Project Management. He is interested in conducting research in project performance, project human resource management, leadership style and behaviors, new technologies, project team performance, engagement and team building.

Mr. Amin lives in Nowshera, a major city on the banks of the Kabul River about 45 km east of Peshawar. Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan is known as the city of peace, knowledge and flowers. On December 15, the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects was opened at Hattar, with hopes that it will lead to Rs300bn of investment inflows over the next five years. But Hattar has already been an industrial area for decades and is located next to the vast Taxila industrial complex.

And so are Nowshera and D.I. Khan, where two other special economic zones (SEZs) have been proposed, says it’s CEO Mohsin M. Syed. As per details, the Hattar Phase 7 SEZ will be developed over 424 acres of land and target sectors like food, pharmaceuticals and engineering projects. Mohsin says 30 projects in Nowshera zone will be completed by the end of 2016, while the auctioning of plots will commence from March. The company estimates that the SEZ will generate 30,000 jobs. The zone will require 100MW of electricity and also need a vocation center to train 5,000 youngsters. The cost of the project is Rs2.138bn and it is expected to be fully completed by 2017.

The second SEZ will be developed over 1,000 acres along the M-1 Motorway in Nowshera near Rashakai. It aims to attract foreign investment in auto, fruit/food packaging (for export purposes) and textile value-addition (stitching/knitting) sectors. The company estimates an investment of Rs1000bn in the zone. It will provide employment to 50,000 people. The zone will need 225MW of power and vocational training centers to train 10,000 youths.

The Nowshera expansion/Jalazai Marble and Mineral Economic Zone will cover 287 acres of land and is expected to house marble-cutting and polishing industry, as well as mosaic furniture and construction material vendors. For more, visit http://www.nowshera.com/.

According to PM World Journal Managing Editor David Pells, “We have published several papers co-authored and coordinated by Mr. Amin this year through which I became familiar with his background and interest in project management. We have had numerous email exchanges during which his interest in advancing project management in his country became very clear. I am happy to welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Amin stated, “I look forward to contributing to the global project management profession through the PM World Journal and to promoting the PM World Library in Pakistan. Many of my fellow graduates and former professors will be interested in publishing their research in the journal, and I know many people here will want to visit the library. It will be good for Pakistan.”

To view papers authored or co-authored by Saif ul Amin, visit his author profile in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/saif-ul-amin/.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world. PM World also produces the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



Private Renewable Energy Framework for North Africa and Middle East established by EBRD and UfM



14 November 2016 – Marrakesh, Morocco – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) launched a joint programme today aimed at the development of private renewable energy markets in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The SEMED Private Renewable Energy Framework (SPREF), a €227.5 million financing framework, was presented during the EU Energy Day at the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh.

The programme will help the region reduce its heavy dependence on imports of hydrocarbons. It aims to mobilise additional investment from other parties, including the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), of up to €834 million. Financing will be accompanied by targeted technical cooperation support for the implementation of renewable energy projects in the region that aim to avoid 780,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.


Photo courtesy of the EBRD

SPREF falls under the umbrella of the UfM Regional Dialogue Platform on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, launched today with the aim of promoting the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in energy generation, transmission, distribution and end use. This platform will foster sustainable socio-economic development, promote job creation, and help ensure that all consumers and industries in the region have access to secure, affordable and reliable energy services. It will also support energy efficient economies and mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Europe and the Mediterranean region.

This initiative follows the launch earlier in 2016 of the UfM Regional Electricity Market Platform and the UfM Gas Platform.

During the launch the UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, commented: “These two major Mediterranean initiatives illustrate UfM’s active efforts to achieve deeper regional cooperation and economic integration incorporating a climate dimension, and based on a methodology that can turn our political mandate into concrete projects through multi-partner dialogue in the region.”

EBRD Director of Power and Energy Utilities, Nandita Parshard, said: “The EBRD has placed a priority on climate finance in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, where we have invested in 44 green projects worth over €1 billion since 2012. Green investments account for roughly one-third of the EBRD’s total investments in the region, and we hope that will continue to grow.”

The first project under the SPREF programme is the 120 MW Khalladi windfarm near Tangiers, in Morocco, one of the first private renewable energy projects in the country. In order to encourage other private businesses to use the SPREF financing mechanism, a conference will be held tomorrow together with COP22’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) committee, the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency Management (AMEE) and the Confédération Générale des entreprises du Maroc (CGEM).

Today’s event was attended by high-level participants, including the EU Commissioner of Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete; the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan, Ibrahim Saif; and the Deputy Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Osama Assran.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. Based in London, the EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD



Giant Chernobyl Arch Slides into Place



New structure shields nuclear reactor destroyed in 1986 disaster

14 November 2016 – London, UK and Kiev, Ukraine – One of the most ambitious projects in the history of engineering passed a major milestone today as the arch shielding radioactive waste caused by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power station accident has started sliding into place.

Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement (NSC) is the largest moveable land-based structure ever built, with a span of 257 metres, a length of 162 metres, a height of 108 metres and a total weight of 36,000 tonnes equipped. It will now be moved into its resting place over Chernobyl’s reactor 4 which was destroyed in the accident 30 years ago.


Photo courtesy of EBRD

The sliding is done with help of a special skidding system that consists of 224 hydraulic jacks to push the arch 60 centimetres each stroke. It is anticipated that the total skid time will be around 40 hours of operation spread over a period of up to 5 days. The NSC was constructed in a clean area near reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and will be slid over 327 metres to seal off the unit. It will make the site safe and allow for the eventual dismantling of the aging shelter currently housing the reactor and the management of the radioactive waste within the structure.

The New Safe Confinement, the giant arch built to secure Chernobyl’s damaged Reactor 4, is currently being slid into position. The record-breaking structure will secure the radioactive remains for at least a century. The EBRD manages the funding and is the biggest single donor to the project.

Ostap Semerak, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, said: “The start of the sliding of the Arch over reactor 4 at the Chernobyl NPP is the beginning of the end of a 30-year long fight with the consequences of the 1986 accident.  The credit for construction of this one-of-a-kind technological structure goes to an expert team of engineers and builders. This is a historic step towards the improvement of environmental safety throughout the world, as well as in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.  And it has only become possible thanks to immense international support.  The fact that more than 40 contributing countries and donor countries united around the goal of protecting humanity from the radioactive consequences of the tragedy is another demonstration that environmental safety remains a priority for global policymakers.  And I believe that the transformation of the exclusion zone into a safe area will demonstrate the change in Ukraine’s overall environmental policy, too.”

Igor Gramotkin, Director General of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, commented: “For us the arch is not just 36.000 tonnes of prefabricated metal. It is 36.000 tonnes of our belief in success, of trust in our site, our people and in Ukraine.”

Vince Novak, EBRD Director, Nuclear Safety, added: “This is the culmination of many years of hard work by Ukraine and the international community. The New Safe Confinement project would not have been possible without the support of the over 40 donor countries who are contributors to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund. The new structure illustrates what is possible in a spirit of determined and coordinated joint effort and thanks to the generous support of EBRD shareholders.”

Nicolas Caille, project director for Novarka – the French construction consortium formed by VINCI Construction and Bouygues Construction – said: “This is a one-of-a-kind project serving the aims of the Ukrainian authorities. We are immensely proud of what we together with our partners have achieved. The New Safe Confinement shows what is technically possible. At the same time, given the circumstances, we must all hope that never again will a similar structure have to be built on the site of a nuclear accident and in a contaminated environment.”

The construction of the New Safe Confinement by Novarka started in 2012 after extensive preparatory works on the ground. Because of its vast dimensions the structure had to be built in two halves which were lifted and successfully joined together in 2015. The arch-shaped structure is fitted with an overhead crane to allow for the future dismantling of the existing shelter and the remains of reactor 4. The New Safe Confinement has a lifespan of at least100 years and will cost €1.5 billion.

For more about this project, click here.

To learn about other EBRD projects in Ukraine, go to http://www.ebrd.com/ukraine.html

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD



6th Project Management conference by UPYE and Bogazici University in Istanbul in December



Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

14 November 2016 – Istanbul, Turkey – The International Project Management Institute (UPYE) and Bogazici University is organizing the 6th Project Management Conference in December 3, 2016 in Garanti Culture Center at Bogazici University in Istanbul.


This year, the focus of the conference is “Innovation, Technology and Trend Topics in Construction Industry”. We aim to discuss the future vision of the industry, BIM technology use in design, the contracts management and alternative dispute resolution methods including the newly established Istanbul Arbitration Center and the relations among the investors, contractors and project management companies in construction management.

Participants can visit http://www.yim.com.tr/ for free online registration.