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Data-Driven Project Management Explained

Over the last years, data has been the source of power and success for almost all businesses. It is no longer just a trend or a hypothesis but rather the new norm, and those who can leverage it properly are those who can gain a lot of competitive advantage.

We, as Primaned Belgium, believe that the intelligent analysis of data leading to objective and informed decisions will play a critical role in the success of projects. Therefore, the need for data-driven project management (DDPM) is becoming a necessity, but what do we exactly mean?

Abdallah Baydounby Abdallah Baydoun

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An Analysis of Microsoft Power BI

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?

Matthias van Campenby Matthias van Campen

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I saw the future of BIM (from a Belgian point of view…)

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…

Frédéric Deboucheby Frédéric Debouche

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Buffer vs Float

A Time Buffer is not the same as Total Float

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.

Stijn Van de Vonderby Stijn Van de Vonder

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Is AI going to disrupt the world of project controls?

Back in 2012, when I started at Primaned Belgium (my first job), I did not know precisely what I would be doing. In fact, it remained hard to explain what we are doing to someone random. I knew it was about Project Management, mostly in the construction industry (I am a construction engineer), very much oriented on time planning/scheduling and it required some IT knowledge/affinities. With this and my dreamful mind, I had the (naïve) dream job idea! I was going to improve the construction industry by implementing tools that would create and monitor the project planning just by dictating to the tool what the project was about, the tool would do the rest for me (I just slightly exaggerate ?)!

Frédéric Deboucheby Frédéric Debouche

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“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!

Frédéric Deboucheby Frédéric Debouche

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Our take on Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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.

Abdallah Baydounby Abdallah Baydoun

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Tender and Contract Requirements related to scheduling

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.  

Gert Truyensby Gert Truyens

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What is Takt time?

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.

Abdallah Baydounby Abdallah Baydoun

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