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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2013
32 Project Manager •CASE STUDIES NEIL WATT Manager, Network Strategy, CitiPower DANIEL GARVEY Project Manager, Powercor Network Services KRIS AMATO Project Manager, Powercor Network Services DEEPAK SHARMA Project Controls Manager, Major Projects Group, Powercor Network Services Process In his role as project controller, Shar ma was responsible for setting up and monitoring the project management tools, including setting up detailed schedules for the project, regularly updating these schedules, monitoring risks and tracking resources. He was also responsible for undertaking critical path evaluation and forecasting. Other tools that were developed included customised reports for site leaders to enable forecasting and to allow leaders to take preventative steps to ensure the project remained on track. ese tools allowed the business to properly plan resources for the project, taking into consideration the constrained spaces in which the project team was required to work, as well as the full scope of the activities involved in the project and the dependencies within it. "If a part of the project required 20 man days, it wasn't just a matter of employing 20 people to undertake that part of the project in one day, given the constraints of the project," says Sharma. " ese tools allowed us to conduct detailed analysis and set schedules and critical pathways," he adds. Shar ma says a key reason the project was a success was due to the appropriate engagement of all the stakeholders, including site leaders and subcontractors. "It wasn't just about using computer-generated programs PROJECT CLIENT: CitiPower SCOPE: Increase the security of electricity supply to Melbourne's CBD and surrounding suburbs, as well as adding capacity to the network COMPLETION: 2012 Power up Securing the supply of electricity to Melbourne's CBD was a task requiring the project management skills of AIPM's Project Team Member of the Year. ALEXANDRA CAIN KEY CHALLENGE Time was the biggest challenge, according to Deepak Sharma. "All work needed to be finished before commissioning. Everything had to be completed by December 2010 because that's when the summer load kicked in," he says. BACKGROUND BRIEFING The Metro -- CBD Security Project is being run by Powercor Network Services' Major Projects Group for its client, CitiPower. CitiPower is responsible for the distribution of electricity across Melbourne and its inner suburbs. Powercor Network Services is a sister company that builds electricity infrastructure around the country for various electricity distribution and transmission businesses. Key stakeholders in the project included a large number of suppliers and contractors, who were responsible for rolling out $26 million in services related to the project. Other parties with a keen interest in the project included Melbourne City Council and other councils, as well as VicRoads. VicRoads' involvement was key given the project required access to roads to conduct a range of underground works. "The Melbourne CBD is growing rapidly," explains Deepak Sharma, Project Controls Manager, Major Projects Group, Powercor Network Services. "Before the completion of this project, there were limited major supply lines into the city, which created a critical incident if any major supply line was lost. The project built security and flexibility into the system, so if major elements of the system go down, the city still has continuous electricity supply." KEY PLAYERS
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