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(CSC-1396) (Mis) Managing Change

Primary Author: Mr Sanjay Kelkar P.Eng.

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2013 AACE International Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: In the context of today’s oil sands industry, projects mobilize to site way before the detailed engineering is complete. Hence the scope given to Construction Contractors is never completed at the value that it was budgeted. Depending on various factors, changes such as scope changes, field deviations, overages occur in terms of field verified quantities against the budgeted quantities. Based on whether the change is approved or not, the progress can be earned, or not. This affects the overall project progress reporting as well as the capability to perform the bottoms-up forecast estimate of quantities, work-hours and cost.
The construction attitude remains that the work will get done when it will get done and at the price that it will be at completion. It becomes a Project Controls task to remain on top of these changes and manage and track them. There lies a thin line between managing and mismanaging these changes. Doing it well allows adequate control on the job.