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Project Manager : Project Manager Oct Nov 2013
MATT'S PROJECT AND PROGRAM EFFORTS SHOW MATURITY BEYOND WHAT WE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED FROM SOMEONE WITH HIS EXPERIENCE PROJECT TEAM MEMBER OF THE YEAR 28 Project Manager With an undefined scope of potential upgrades and a limited budget, the project presented a unique set of challenges. To achieve the project outcomes within budget, Ford perfor med cost-- benefit analyses on each of the proposed works. By reporting on project costs monthly, and weekly during critical constr uction periods of the delivery phase, Ford ensured the scope matched the budget for the entirety of the program. Ultimately this resulted in the client increasing the budget from $65 to $70 million, extending the benefits of the project. When it was identified that work was behind schedule and costs were anticipated to go over budget, Ford implemented a contingency plan that saw changes to the str ucture of the design team and allowed greater progress to be achieved within shorter timeframes. Ford 's management of the procurement process is also noteworthy; he made 28 approaches to market within five months to award 12 head contractors and four specialist UXO and EO clearance contractors, in consultation with 12 Defence groups and 20 other stakeholder groups. "Matt's project and program efforts show maturity beyond what we would have expected from someone with his e xperience," says Defence Director Regional Risk and Refor m Marcus Jeﬀery. ••• Sinclair Knight Merz's Matthew Ford has been awarded this year's Project Team Member of the Year Award for his leadership on the National Training Areas and Ranges Improvement Program (NTARIP). e project was launched to address ongoing issues on Defence's training areas and ranges, and was achieved by making changes to the ongoing maintenance program. is included the upgrade of administration facilities, electrical infrastructure supply, fencing and signage, new shelters and structures, a water treatment plant, road upgrade and UXO/EO waste removal. In his role as Assistant Project Manager, Ford visited 150 regional sites, designing and delivering 24 within 18 months. Ford held three key responsibilities, including team leadership, procurement and cost control functions, as well as regional delivery of all functions in Victoria. To successfully deliver the project, Ford drew on 11 years' experience with the Department of Defence in challenging operational environments in remote parts of Australia, Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands. Ford 's background provided unique skills in project and program management, contract administration, stakeholder management and leadership. • PROJECT MANAGEMENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2013 Photography by: James Thomas Photo, Melbourne VISITING 150 REGIONAL SITES AND UPGRADING 24 DEFENCE FACILITIES OVER 18 MONTHS WAS PART OF LEADING THE NATIONAL TRAINING AREAS AND RANGES IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. MATTHEW FORD ALEXANDRA MIDDLETON
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