Presentation on theme: "Fall 2012. Unique discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve a specific set of goals. An effective project manager."— Presentation transcript:
Unique discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve a specific set of goals. An effective project manager possesses a deep and broad understanding of the scope of the project, a manner of dealing with people that is effective, and the skills necessary to adapt to setbacks and solve problems quickly and efficiently. Are you this type of person?
A “project” is a temporary endeavor. A “project” has a beginning and an end. A “project” is time constrained. A “project’ involves deliverables/products. A “project” is a multifaceted endeavor that requires a command of details as well as the overall scope of the challenge.
Project manager Responsible for all objectives Construction manager Oversees progress of construction Design engineer Building engineer (elec., mech., indus., and civil) Construction engineer Cross between civil engineer and construction manager Project architect Oversees all architectural aspects of the design, construction documents, and specifications
Architects Civil Engineers Quantity surveyors Building services engineers (M&E Engineer) Structural Engineers Procurement Skilled and unskilled laborers
In the 1950s, organizations started to systematically apply project management tools and techniques to complex engineering projects. Before this change, engineering projects were managed by creative architects and designers. One such entity that led the way was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps tackled primarily civil projects involved in movement of goods and material for the military. This was expanded to include civilian projects after World War II. One such endeavor was the construction of the C&D Canal, linking the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River.
Constructed by a private company, between 1804 and 1829, as a narrow passage for trading goods, the C&D Canal was purchased by the Federal Government for “the common good”. Several locks were needed to span changes in elevation over the 14 mile route. The “Corps” was placed in charge of maintenance and expansion. Most people did not cross the waterway often, only doing so in an emergency and by boat. During the middle of the 20 th Century, a growing population required additional ways to traverse the waterway. The Pennsylvania Railroad operated several rail bridges over the Canal. As ships continued to increase in size and tonnage, a larger canal was needed. The present Canal was reconstructed during the 20 th Century to be 450 feet wide and 35 feet deep for the entire 26 mile trip from channel to channel. By using the Canal, shipping companies can shave days off delivery times and save millions of dollars. Which two major cities are most directly affected by shipping companies using the C&D Canal?