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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2011
19 www.aipm.com.au Project Manager Cover sTorY • N ick Churchill, Deliver y Manager of Major Projects at Water Corporation, was “overjoyed” that the Southern Seawater Desalination Integration Project (SSDIP) was named WA Project of the Year for at the state awards ceremony in September. Little did he know that the project would receive the national prize at the just decided 2011 AIPM Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) from a hotly contested field of overachievers. “With such a high calibre of entrants, it’s very pleasing to have been recognised as the winner of this prestigious national award,” said Nick Churchill on hearing the good news. “The Water Corporation sees this award as recognition of the huge number of people who have, at all levels, aspired to and achieved a fantastic outcome.” Leader of the pack So what made this project a success? Associate Professor David Baccarini is the Director of the Project Management Program and was Chief Judge for the WA PMAA Awards. He believes the project showed all- round project management excellence – delivering to scope, on schedule and well within budget. “It was a challenging and important project that was large and complex, resulting in several significant challenges to be overcome,” said Professor Baccarini. “There were numerous stakeholders ranging from politicians, local communities and regulatory authorities. These were successfully managed through excellent community consultation, transparency and trust- building that displays excellence in project management.” He went on to explain that there were several critical risks that needed to be managed, such as environmental and planning risks. “The project applied formal, robust risk management processes early on, so they could be proactively managed. “This project also cleverly leveraged lessons from the planning, procurement, design, construction and subsequent operation of the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant (completed in 2006) to facilitate project success.” How the project unfolded In May 2007, the State Government announced the $955 million project to deliver a 50 gigalitre (billion litre) desalination plant from Binningup, WA into the existing network of surface water sources south of the Perth metropolitan area. (
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