Subject matter experts present practical yet cutting-edge solutions in case studies for project management. Industry-recognized thought leaders challenge some generally accepted practices and offer a framework and direction to move the industry forward in the coming years.
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Determining the potential criticality of each activity is a key result from the project schedule’s Monte Carlo simulation. Activity criticality is used to identify the probabilistic critical and near critical paths. For the past 10 years, Jerry and Shannon have successfully used end-node diagrams to graphically convey this information to project stakeholders. Here we illustrate the creation of an end node diagram in NetPoint as well as further enhancement in NetRisk.
Jerry Klanac has significant project management experience on U.S. and international construction projects, especially in the industry sectors of water/wastewater, infrastructure, oil and gas, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical. He has expertise in analyzing and managing cost and schedule risk, providing project cost and schedule controls, developing and analyzing contractor CPM schedule submittals, and providing probabilistic analysis of cost estimates and schedules.
Scott and Mike show the use of NetPoint with P6 on the procurement sequence of the master schedule for owner-furnished equipment at a multi-billion-dollar airport project. As a communication tool, NetPoint modeled critical management decision points to ensure that design, fabrication, and product delivery aligned with just-in-time manufacturing concepts. The import and export of NetPoint schedules into the overall P6 master schedule provided a greater understanding of owner commitments and relationship to the overall schedule.
Scott Maish is an enthusiastic project execution leader with experience in the design, construction, and financial management of large infrastructure projects within the U.S., South America, and Middle East. He is skilled with complex project delivery, and in managing design teams, general contractors, and project controls personnel. Scott has a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College.
Mike Brown has extensive experience in project management, quality management, engineering, and program/project controls. His experience includes domestic and international home-office and field projects in upstream oil and gas, mining and minerals, chemical and polymers, aerospace and defense, consumer and forest products, energy, and infrastructure. Mike has a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Maine.
As project managers, we are often asked to forecast an annual plan of current and requested projects. Not only does this task involve developing a cost estimate and project timeline, it also requires project managers to think about their own level of effort, i.e., “How am I supposed to get all of this done?” Using NetPoint, we are able to visualize that plan, allowing the project managers to review the following year’s projects and set realistic expectations with leadership.
Ryan Kolczynski is currently in his fifth year with Southwest Airlines. He has five years additional experience as a contract engineer in the oil and gas sectors. He well versed in both the design and execution portions of construction projects, from both the owner and contractor perspectives. He uses Primavera (P6), NetPoint, and drafting softwares (Autodesk, Revit, etc).
Joseph Puzon has significant experience in project controls for the healthcare and aviation sectors. He has experience providing cost, schedule, and change controls including planning, scheduling, schedule review, cost engineering, and change order management. Joseph has experience with Primavera (P3 and P6), MS Access, SureTrak, NetPoint, and Excel along with Visual Basic Programming.