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Start Date May 2000
End Date September 2001 (17 month project)


This was my first project working with Bechtel, and 2nd with Port Waratah Coal Services.

I joined the project as the Tie-in/Shutdown Planner 6 months after the project had started.  At that time there were two other planners managing the EPC schedule.  Within 3 months these two planners had left the project and I continued as the sole planner managing EPC and Startup using Primavera, as well as the Tie-in Schedule in Suretrak.

I worked closely with all members of the project, from the Client, Project Managers, Site Engineers, Subcontractors and Site Tradesmen.

The schedule handled 4,000 activities, a workforce of 400, with a budget of $345mil.

I reported to Management on a weekly basis and directed the site team on a daily basis. I used innovative methods as required to encourage a high usage & acceptance of the schedule by introducing a weekly laminated quick reference card listing the weekly hours or quantities expected of each foreman, and hand drawn look-ahead programs.

Earned Value Analysis was used to determine percent complete for contractors and direct hire labour, and I also used it to forecast the cost and time to complete.

This project was a fully reimbursable project for Port Waratah Coal Services to construct the new coal delivery infrastructure expected to boost the existing plant capacity by a third to make it the biggest bulk solids handling facility in the world @ 110mil tonnes annually.

© Steve Church Project Control, 2009

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