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Author Archives: Christian Steinbrecher

The art of saying no (access required)

The capital projects business requires a lot of communication and interaction. There’s a continuing interaction between all parties in a project, from the initial phases of the design, in construction and all the way through commissioning. There are many contacts ...

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Establish order to keep each project on a path to success (access required)

Executing projects successfully requires good schedules. They’re developed by identifying the resources and sequencing necessary. They’ll encourage “what-if” conversations about contingent events. But all too often this effort is not given the attention that it deserves. It is given lip ...

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Professional organizations need to get creative with their meetings (access required)

Professional organizations are being challenged to remain relevant, attract new members and remain a major industry force. The numbers of people at meetings are dwindling, and attendees are mostly over age 55; perhaps they are going out of force of ...

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Project risk management: a quality-based approach (access required)

To be successful, project teams must manage their risks. It is a progressive effort that evolves as the project develops. The critical component of a risk management effort is the development of mitigation strategies that ensure that the project team ...

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Sticking to time and budget constraints is still crucial (access required)

Managing costs and schedules is an important part of the construction business. The ability to predict the cost of a project is critical to ensuring that owners can invest their money and realize returns to support their investments. Folks in ...

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Construction creates complex challenges (access required)

Construction projects are complicated things. They involve a combination of different business entities, personality types and objectives. Bringing all of them together for one effort creates differences that must be resolved. Resolving these differences is never an easy matter, particularly ...

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Neglect of infrastructure can be costly (access required)

The recent news about Flint, Mich., puts infrastructure – particularly water infrastructure – squarely up front and center in the media. The question about how this could happen in the 21st century in what many of us believe is the ...

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Heed the construction cycle (access required)

The construction industry is like many other industries. Its capacity to produce is limited by resources and expertise. Much like any other industry – the automobile industry, for example – there is a limit to the number of units it ...

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Infrastructure is not keeping pace with the economy (access required)

Recently there have been several eye-catching headlines related to the movement of raw materials and finished goods. One says that ships are waiting 10 to 15 days at Southern California ports to unload due to a lack of trucks and ...

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College debt is the elephant in the room

College debt accumulated by recent graduates is continuing to affect those graduates and the economy. Graduates are living in the basements of their parents’ homes with debt loads in excess of $50,000. These are not medical students, but rather graduates ...

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