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 ?)!Read more
A time schedule might be set up with the utmost care. It can be of top quality and resulting from the collaboration of whole teams of experienced professionals. Several working methods might have been studied and historical production rates analysed and amended for the new project. Actual performance will be very close to the initial baseline, won’t it? Of course, you know where I am going with this, especially because you know the title of this blogpost ?.Read more
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
“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
Our business is all about analyzing project data and delivering the right insights to trigger the appropriate actions. The underlying mission is to use data to improve the project outcome.
As data analytics is in our DNA, we also use it for our own internal strategy. A nice example is our Health Dashboard. “Be healthy” is one of our six strategic goals as a company and we have set a target to collectively burn 1.000.000 kcalories in 2020 with our 20-person team.Read more
Do you also feel that sometimes project scheduling is a theoretical exercise that has little to no connection with the actual field work on site? Many site managers and field workers currently have this feeling and show low commitment to whatever a planning engineer produces.
As planning professionals, we surprisingly agree with this premise. Being self-critical, this situation, which we will call field disconnect, is arguably the biggest issue we face in construction planning nowadays.
In this blog post, we will analyze how we ended up in this situation, but more importantly how we believe it should be fixed.Read more
In times of disaster, we tend to call in force majeure on our projects, and therefore, keep our hands off. Stating no-one could foresee the possibility and impact of said force majeure, we cannot handle it within our project objectives of scope/time/cost. Both employer and contractor will take their responsibility and take a piece of the incurred damages. But can’t we plan for disaster? Are there established principles to do so?Read more
In the last three years, we’ve been engaged in a number of early-adopter Oracle Primavera Cloud (OPC) implementations since we first had a glimpse of what OPC was back then. Because of our close partnership with Oracle, our lessons learned from these implementations have brought a lot of realizations to the tool’s development up until today. OPC has taken shape of a versatile and comprehensive project controls tool. As it is our mission to change the way projects are managed such that projects can create more value for all parties involved, we believe our clients benefit from managing projects in a more integrated way through Primavera Cloud. In this blog post, a general overview of what the tool is capable is given to show how you can reach project controls excellence.Read more
Microsoft Project is a planning tool with which, besides planning on time, resources can also be allocated to activities. In this blog we will briefly discuss how Microsoft Project deals with the concepts Units and Peak and how different resource fields are calculated.Read more