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Project Manager : Project Manager April May 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 7 6 Project Manager Restrictive tender processes and disagreements about risk allocation are hampering efficiency in the construction of Australia’s roads, according to a new study by the Queensland university of Technology. Over 200 construction industry participants were` questioned in The Innovative Road Products Survey about the development of new products for use on Australia’s roads. dr Tim Rose, a project manager from QuT, said although two thirds of participants had introduced, or facilitated the introduction of, new products over the past three years, 77 per cent had difficulties due to a range of obstacles, including the tender process. “Contractors and manufacturers (nominated as the two groups most important in generating new product ideas) were less motivated to do so if they knew they were competing to undertake a construction project based only on their competitive price. “On large complex construction projects, this situation can result in less willingness to align with a ‘best- for-project’ culture, and may induce an individualist, protectionist stance that discourages open dialogue about the potential use of innovative products. “This means that the industry is stuck using old ideas and potential efficiency gains are not realised, which increases the cost of our roads,” said dr Rose. lead Investigator, dr Karen Manley from QuT, said low learning capacity by the industry also hampered its participants from developing new ways to overcome their problems. “each link in the supply chain must learn from the others and develop stronger relationships to improve innovation and become more efficient and effective,” she said. The survey found that organisations with high levels of experience in relationship-based types of construction contracts were significantly less likely to have difficulties implementing innovations. “Collaborative inter-organisational relationships showed a significant positive effect on innovation on construction projects,” dr Manley said. “This is a very important result, proving that relationship-based contracts, such as Alliances and early Contractor Involvement Contracts, really do improve innovation, and thereby efficiency in the construction of Australia’s roads. The research project is a collaboration between QuT, the Commonwealth Government, the Queensland department of Transport and Main Roads, the Construction Industry Institute of Australia and the university of new South Wales. • neWs Efficiency of road works under scrutiny thIs means that the Industry Is stuCk usIng old Ideas and potentIal eFFICIenCy gaIns are not realIsed, WhICh InCreases the Cost oF our roads PM INDUstRIes DRIVe ecONOMIc gROwth Australia’s economy has expanded in the fourth quarter of 2011, led by mining exports and increased government spending. Gross domestic product rose by 2.3% in the three months to the end of december compared with the same period a year earlier, said the bureau of Statistics. PMOs PARt Of the fURNItURe Project and program management offices (PMOs) are becoming fixtures in most organisations and are growing in number, capability and value to the firm, states a PM Solutions study. According to the report, PMOs: • decreased failed projects by 30 per cent; • delivered 25 per cent of projects under budget and 19 per cent ahead of schedule; and • saved companies an average of uS$411,000 per project. DAtA cOLLectION hURDLes IN It CeOs, CIOs, project managers and consultants weighed in on key success factors and shortcomings in the IT industry in a survey conducted by IT solution provider Metricus. A key finding was that cost reduction and regulatory compliance are no longer main drivers for IT performance reporting, as it has been in previous years. Respondents also noted the difficulties of collecting data using data collection tools, supporting the finding that manual reporting is still the most popular data collection method.
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