Improving project delivery: through the application of project management techniques

Molloy, Aron (2016) Improving project delivery: through the application of project management techniques. [USQ Project]

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Substantial investment was made in Australian water infrastructure in the post war period in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Much of this infrastructure is now reaching the end of its usable life and will need to be replaced in the near future. However, in the preceding years a shift has occurred in the water industry from a government subsidized industry to user pays businesses (Coombs & Roberts 2007).

Many regional centers have also seen decreases in population. The infrastructure that was needed to supply water to a large population is now being used to supply only a fraction of the users for which the supply network was designed (Hicks & Woods 2010). However, the outer edges of the supply network have not changed, water is pumped from a source to be treated, distributed, collected as waste water and treated at a waste water treatment facility.

The infrastructure owned by water authorities is diverse in nature, spanning Civil (pipelines), Mechanical (pumps), Electrical (control systems), Chemical (water treatment) and Environmental (waste water) Engineering disciplines (Rokstad, M, Ugarelli, R 2015). Each discipline knows intrinsically well the importance of their own field of expertise, however, this can often be hard to convey to a colleague in another field.

In this business environment of falling revenue and population bases, diverse and aging infrastructure profiles it is necessary that Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) projects are delivered on time and on budget. Furthermore, managing projects over a diverse range of fields can be a complex proposition which can lead to failed project delivery and increased project costs.

To deliver projects in a timely manner it is important that organisation’s undertake their project work using proven project management techniques. Tracking the progress of the project through the use of ‘Key Performance Indicators’ (KPI’s) and ‘Project Dashboards’ will ensure that the project is delivered on time, on budget and meet the expectations of the organization.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Major Mechanical Engineering project
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Fulcher, Bob
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 01:56
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 01:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: infrastructure; project delivery; project management techniques
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified

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