Tag Archive: project control

Jul 02 2014

CONJECT Project Control & NEC3 gets G-Cloud 5 approval

G-Cloud logo

UK county councils could be missing out on the benefits of cloud computing, according to a recent article on the BBC website.

A freedom of information request revealed that during the 2012-13 financial year, nearly £440m was spent on IT services by the UK’s 27 county councils.  Of this, only £385,000 was procured through the …

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Jun 18 2014

Move Beyond Excel for Effective Project Control

Image of the CONJECT project control icon

In the recent primer on Project Control article, I mentioned the widespread use of Excel for budget and cost management on construction projects and programmes.  This post reviews the use of Excel to manage financial risk in projects, and suggests 5 criteria that a commercial management tool should meet.

Excel as the starting point for cost …

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Jun 04 2014

Integrated Project Control – A Primer

Image of the Shard during construction

What is Integrated Project Control?

If you’ve never heard of Integrated Project Control, or aren’t sure what it is, a good place to start is with an example.  Building the Olympic Village for the London 2012 Summer Olympics was a complex undertaking; a series of buildings and facilities to accommodate 10, 500 athletes, support teams …

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May 23 2014

EVA19 – Project managers convene at London conference

EVA19 in London Tuesday 20th May 2014

This week in central London, more than one hundred project managers attended a two-day Earned Value Analysis conference called EVA19. Co-sponsored by CONJECT , the event discussed issues such as how to avoid the common mistake of expecting project outcomes to improve by issuing processes and updating technology, whilst under-estimating the critical importance of the …

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Nov 26 2013

The history of EVM

Minuteman launch (image from Wikimedia Commons)

While the UK construction industry is feverishly devouring every nugget about BIM, another three letter abbreviation could, arguably, make an equally profound difference to the future project management of many schemes. EVM (earned value management) is a well-known approach in the UK civil engineering, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors (it’s deployed by contractors such …

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Nov 19 2013

CONJECT launches cloud-based EVM at Project Controls Expo

Earned value completion schedule graph

Having done our little bit (post) to get some delegates along to the 2013 Project Controls Expo conference and exhibition at Twickenham last week, it was gratifying to find the event wasn’t dominated by oil and gas or defence industry representatives, and there was a good number of people from civil engineering and building construction too.

When I attended …

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Nov 07 2013

Thinking about Project Controls Expo?

Project Controls Expo

The 2013 Project Controls Expo is taking place at Twickenham in southwest London on Wednesday 13 November. As the name suggests, the event is focused on project management and control, but its remit isn’t industry-specific – it reaches across a broad range of sectors including oil and gas, aerospace, rail and other transport, pharmaceutical, infrastructure and, …

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Oct 24 2013

CONJECT UK on upward track

Queensferry Crossing, new Forth Crossing on left

On his Extranet Evolution blog, my former colleague Paul Wilkinson has faithfully tracked the changing fortunes of the various Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology companies since September 2005. There have been ups and downs for almost all the vendors during this time, and – as an independent observer since 2009 – I think Paul has been pretty …

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Sep 09 2013

NEC Australasian conference showcases CONJECT capabilities

CONJECT recently sponsored the NEC Australasian User Group annual conference in Christchurch, New Zealand (see my previous post). Our co-sponsor, incidentally, was our first New Zealand customer (secured in 2011): PBA Electrical.

The user group was well attended with numbers up on the last event held in 2011. There was a good cross-section of clients, contractors …

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Sep 02 2013

CONJECT BIM Development Alliance

OpenBIM

Building information modelling (BIM) is one of the UK construction industry’s hottest topics at the moment – with interest driven by the government’s construction strategy (see BIM Task Group PDF) which will make BIM mandatory for public sector projects from 2016 onwards.

Central and local government organisations will therefore be at the leading edge of …

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