Recommendations for being an effective Project Manager are as follows:
- A good PM starts by understanding the Client’s provided scope of work.
- The PM assigns and coordinates the design disciplines. This process begins by taking the client’s scope of work and distributing said work to each discipline as needed to establish the required man-hours for project execution. Also, the PM communicates any unique client design standards the teams may need to follow. During the entire course of the project, the PM is managing the design groups to ensure that they are all coordinating and executing the project per the Client scope; tracking the engineering time and cost; and continually keeping the Client abreast of progress through to design completion.
- A Project Schedule is prepared by the PM and milestone dates are set.
- The next step is to incorporate the scope of work on the P&ID’s; which is generally completed by the process engineer.
- The respective disciplines begin the process of design development. These design teams begin engineering with the PM carefully coordinating the disciplines.
- As a project manager your task is to generally provide the client with an anticipatedTotal Installed Cost (TIC) for full project execution, this estimate is derived through identifying key materials to be purchased and typical construction cost based on the design’s take offs and then issued to the client. Identification of any long lead time equipment is also paramount to communicate to your client. Note: as simple as it sounds, it is important to remember that steel and concrete needs should be on the critical path as the equipment will set on it. I have seen this missed by many others. Once the design is in its final stages, a Construction Package is prepared and issued to the client for review, comment and approval. Design approval by the client allows the package to then be issued for bid and subsequent construction. A project’s success is defined by schedule and budget attainment and design quality. Repeat business with your client is a great indicator of past success. Strong leadership and communication skills are required to be a successful Project Manager. I have a passion for this type of work. I have many success stories on projects over the last 30 years.
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