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(CSC-1609) Contributions of Engineering Productivity to Utility Sector Projects

Primary Author: Mr. Mark von Leffern EVP PSP

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2014 AACE International Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract: Constructing major electrical-grid systems, which carry power from generator to consumer, is a complex effort that brings together several different facets of engineering: civil, structural, electrical, protection, apparatus, geotechnical, telecommunication and transmission engineering. Despite all of the upfront planning and scheduling, it’s not uncommon to face cost overruns and schedule delays. Spanning a majority of a projects timeline, yet constituting a fraction of the budget, engineering is a very important and influential contributor to project success. This paper sets out to introduce the status of engineering activity on a series of capital projects in the utility industry, presents some challenges in determining engineering productivity, factors that affect productivity and gives some recommendations to ensure Engineering will meet its commitment dates. The focus of this paper will be on the factors influencing labor productivity and some measures that can be implemented to track productivity on a project.