Construction Technology (#37 in the series Foundations, Frameworks and Lessons Learned in Program Management)
By Robert Prieto
The lessons learned on several major programs have been characterized in the context of the program management framework elements previously described. These lessons learned are reflected below.
The programs reflected range from $ 1 to over $ 30 billion in size and from 4 to 30 years in duration and include both US and non-US program management delivery. Over $ 125 billion of program cost is represented by these major programs. Program management lessons learned have been “sanitized” to protect the identity of specific programs. Input derives from program managers or other senior executives and in select instances from lessons learned documents prepared as part of the post mortem process.
Lessons Learned in Construction Technology - #8 in Organizational Foundation & Integrated Framework Processes
Program 1: Stay abreast of new technologies available by continuous survey of tools, materials, methods, processes used in the industry. Rely upon the data base and archive collections of industry leaders such as CII, ASCE, CMAA, AIA, etc.
Program 2: No lessons learned.
Program 3: No lessons learned.
Program 4: Concrete and other material testing protocols at the construction site as well as in the materials lab must be implemented early, documentation completed and periodically assessed to ensure they are meeting the program’s requirements.
Program 5: No lessons learned.
Program 6: Limited availability of advanced construction skills at outset of program required construction technology to be simple during initial phase. As program progressed and training could be conducted, technology was advanced to modern techniques.
Program 7: No lessons learned.
Program 8: No lessons learned.
Program 9: No lessons learned.
Program 10: Dependence on leading edge manufacturing technology and techniques drove changing owner’s requirements which in turn required a dynamic approach to program management.
Program 11: No lessons learned.
Robert Prieto, Senior Vice President
Robert Prieto is senior vice president for Fluor, where he leads strategy for Fluor’s Industrial and Infrastructure group. Mr. Prieto focuses on the development and delivery of large, complex projects worldwide.
Prior to joining Fluor, Bob served as chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. As head of PB’s board of directors, he was responsible for overseeing management performance, establishing top-level policies, and ensuring the firm’s continued long term success.
He is a member of the executive committee of the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a member of the board of directors of the Business Council on International Understanding, a member of the board of the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation, and co-founder and member of the board of the Disaster Resource Network. He currently serves on the National Research Council’s committee framing the challenges on Critical Infrastructure Systems. Until 2006 he served as one of three U.S. presidential appointees to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and served as chairman of the Engineering and Construction Governors of The World Economic Forum and co-chair of the infrastructure task force formed after September 11th by the New York City Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Polytechnic University of New York, and was previously selected as alumni of the year by its New York Chapter.
He has had an executive sponsorship role in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub; West Coast Rail Modernization; Train Protection and Warning System; Level 3 Communications Long Haul Network and Superconducting Super Collider.
Prieto holds a master of science in nuclear engineering from Polytechnic University of New York and a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering from New York University.
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) provides services on a global basis in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 500 company with revenues of $14.1 billion in 2006. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.
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