Beca: taking the lead at the 2015 NZ Project Mangement Conference

Two Beca projects have been nominated as finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Project Management Awards to be announced at the annual New Zealand Project Management Conference next week.

The Cook Islands Northern Group Renewable Energy project is a finalist for Project of the Year, and the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (Phase 1) is a finalist for Public Sector Project of the Year.

The awards recognise outstanding project management achievements and aim to raise the profile of the project management profession.

This year's conference, themed 'Shaping the Future', is well-supported by Beca, with four of Beca's thought-leaders invited to present on the following topics:

Richard Hickman, Fairfax Media Press Replacement – Condensed Construction: Richard will share the innovative project delivery methods that were employed for this project, in order to condense the overall schedule – through procurement, design, consenting and construction. He will also look at the management of the project risk that arose from these non-traditional methodologies, and lessons learned along the way.

Abhishek Sharma, Creating a successful programme management capacity in the Marshall Islands: Abhishek will look at how Beca went about reviewing, updating and training a deteriorating Project Management Unit that had been established in the Marshall Islands twelve years ago. Insights include how Investment Logic Mapping was used to develop solutions, document desired benefits and get buy-in, and how we worked with our client to tailor a solution that suited the scale, complexity and needs of the island nation.

John Youdale and Alex Aramakutu, Cook Islands Northern Group Renewable Energy Project: John and Alex will discuss the project management aspects of this project where mini-grid photo-voltaic systems were installed in six remote islands and atolls in the Cook Islands. Aspects include the procurement, complex logistics, co-ordination of the main contractor and local teams, and interaction with local stakeholders and technical teams.

We'd also like to congratulate project engineer Graeme Walker (currently seconded at Fonterra) who has been nominated for the Emerging Project Manager of the Year Award. And assistant project manager Mat Collins who has been shortlisted for the Human Systems International Research Achievement Award.

For more information about the awards or the conference, visit the PMINZ website. You can also read about our project management services, or contact us for more information.

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