In one of our previous blogs it was apparent that the term Business Intelligence is on a steady rise since 2015. What I didn’t tell yet is that according to Google Trends there is one very related search term that is probably behind this surge: “Microsoft Power BI”. In its 5 years of existence, this BI tool has grown explosively both in functionality and in popularity. But does that mean it’s also the best?Read more
Last week, 5th of March 2019, I have been in London to attend an event regarding BIM which was organised by Phil Shatz (thank you Phil!). This is part of a recurrently organised set of events called Glimpse of the Future, and this one was then called A Glimpse of BIM. I got out of there with such a good feeling about BIM but, on the other side, a strong frustration on the current situation we are living in Belgium… Let me explain…Read more
Who owns the float has been a predominant discussion within project controls for decades. And it still is. However, to correctly address this question, the difference between Total Float and Time Contingency (or a time buffer) needs to be fully understood. We hope this blog post will help in clarifying the differences.Read more
At many companies involved in large-scale projects, I’ve noticed that project engineers could be engaged for any project and for many different roles. It seemed to me that little care was taken in how well the new role fitted with the talent, skills and personality of the project engineer. So it is fate that decides if one becomes a superintendent, calculator, budget estimator, QHSE engineer or… planning engineer! Just like you, I have witnessed quite some mismatches and this should not surprise you. Being engineer because you studied something along these lines, doesn’t erase your personality and predominant skills.Read more
“Yes, my organization is mature enough for dashboarding!” – Demystifying Business Intelligence Dashboards
I often hear people telling their organization is not mature enough to have some business intelligence dashboards to visualize their projects’ performance. I believe that in some way they are right; having a higher maturity in project controls is always desirable and it’s proven that it brings better results. However, I am not sure it should really prevent them from having business intelligence dashboards. Let’s explore this in this blogpost!Read more
It has been some time now that we have heard about Building Information Modeling (BIM) and how it will take the construction industry by storm. Has this happened? Certainly not yet, for several reasons that are not all necessarily related to BIM itself. Will it happen? I believe yes, simply because the BIM vision will help the construction industry on various levels. In this blog post, I will briefly explain about BIM, the problem and how can Project Controls add value to BIM based projects. You also might want to read about the future and BIM in our previous blog.Read more
The role of a project controls professional is in many ways affected by the tender or contract requirements related to scheduling. I’ll refer to the ‘schedule requirements’ from now on for simplicity. If you are at the project owner’s side, your expertise may be needed to draft up these requirements for the future contractors to comply with. If you are at the contractor’s side, you’ll be responsible to make sure that the bid complies with tender requirements. In a later phase, during execution of the contract, you’ll have to guard that all actions and submitted documentation comply with the requirements.
But what can be found in those requirements and what do you have to pay attention to? It does not matter if you’re part of the owner’s or contractor’s project team, it is indispensable to involve a professional with profound knowledge on the subject, because you quickly end up in highly technical discussions between the parties involved.Read more
Are you interested in reducing waste as a result of better planning? How about creating a continuous work flow which helps you meet your project’s deadline and reduces your waste? It is neither rocket science nor magic, achieving these goals is simpler than you think. In fact, whenever I explain to managers about takt time planning, I always feel their confusion, as if they are still waiting to hear something new that ‘’they do not know’’. Hence, the concept is really familiar to us, however many lack a systematic approach to implement it.Read more
One of the emerging techniques within project controls is (forensic) delay analysis. It is one of the money makers of project controls. Forensic schedule analysts are among the finest and most respected experts in project controls. They study and investigate events and use Critical Path Method-based techniques to calculate the cause and impact of delays with an aim to support claims through negotiation or even legal proceedings.
At Primaned Belgium, we consider it to be a growth opportunity and we do invest a lot of time to continuously improve our skills in delay analysis. Nonetheless, we have mixed feelings about this domain.Read more