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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 25 www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 25 ar y Neave has been awarded this year’s National Project Director of the Year for his involvement in a $403 million initiative to connect Adelaide’s northern and southern water supply networks, which had the largest-ever geographical footprint of any infrastr ucture project to take place in metropolitan Adelaide This was an extremely important project for SA Water, on a scale the organisation had not previously contemplated, and will reach substantial completion in just two and a half years, from concept to operation. It is especially significant that 18 months were pared from initial timeframes to ensure delivery of the project was aligned with the construction of Adelaide’s desalination plant. An integrated, in-house project deliver y model allowed the team to fast track design and concurrently commence construction and commissioning activity. Sections of the project were split into independent packages, which were then brought together as a system under the fast-track model. The major challenges of the project were scale and location, tight time frames and budgets, technical complexity and high community and sta keholder expectations. Some of the other key challenges included understanding and mitigating the potential risks for the business of using a self-deliver y model, maintaining water quality, and embarking on a project that had the potential to impact a large number of SA Water customers . Key successes included on-time and to-budget deliver y of the project, which was operational in just two and a half years, an achievement that is considered game-changing in the deliver y of major infrastructure. In addition the project achieved zero lost time injuries over 1.7 million project hours to date, an incredible accomplishment. Neave was seconded to SA Water f rom Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver the project and, over time, assumed responsibility for overall delivery as Project Director. He was tasked with establishing and managing the project team and demonstrated exceptional ex pertise across all phases of the multi-discipline project. This award recognises his strong track record in meeting or e xceeding budget expectations and project timelines, and rigorous schedule management to meet every project delivery target. It also acknowledges his excellence in maintaining quality assurance, safety and risk management, and env ironmental performance at the highest levels. Throughout the project he demonstrated leadership by ex ample in the face of enormous project challenges and dedication to team building, personal autonomy/accountability for team members and skills development. As to what’s next for Neave, he remains keen to challenge himself in his next role. “For the future I would like to see what capability I have in larger, more complex projects,” he says. “I have been involved in a couple of $400 million projects; now I want to head towards adding another zero to future projects to test myself and whether the approach I take would be applicable to that scale of project.” ••• G Big job: The connection of Adelaide's northern and southern water supply networks had the largest geographical footprint of any Adelaide metro infrastructure project to date. TIPS FROM THE TOP Neave offers five tips for successful project and people management. 1. Develop relationships with all the key stakeholders early on in the project. 2. Put yourself firmly in the shoes of the client and understand what’s important to them – their interests are paramount. 3. Make sure you can deliver against your commitments. 4. Have respect for everyone involved. “Project management doesn’t take just one person – it’s a collection of resources and it’s important to remember that,” he says. 5. Use all the available resources. “Don’t be afraid to challenge people to aid your own development,” he says. “And have a big picture view of all the resources available to you to support your project management efforts.” PROJECT MANAGEMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2012
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