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Megaprojects that we admire

21 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Opinions BY

Today we are witnessing an explosion in the number of $1 billion+ projects with some, like the artificial archipelago being built in Azerbaijan, Turkey’s massive Urban Renewal project in Istanbul, and the new construction of Masjid Al Haram in Saudi Arabia each exceeding $100 billion. But, there is a common perception that megaprojects are not

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Beyond the legacy of megaprojects

18 November 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Know how Opinions BY

On 11th November 2016 an Oxford Major Programme Management Conference, was held at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. The theme of the 2016 conference was: ‘Legacy of Major Programmes: Making Good on our Promises’. Some of the speaker on the conference were Brendan Bechtel (Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel), Professor Bent Flyvbjerg (BT Chair

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Megaprojects in Australia

7 November 2016 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

Infrastructure has a central role in the development of an emerging economy or sustenance of a mature economy. Australia’s robust economy, growing trade and changing demographics are some of the factors driving demand for better and modern infrastructure. There is a persistent need in the country to invest in new infrastructure as well on maintenance

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Megaprojects in Latvia

25 May 2016 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

It is a big challenge for a small country like Latvia to perform megaprojects and thus needs to build-up specific competences. Latvia is a democratic and developed country and member of the European Union, NATO, the Council of Europe, the United Nation (and other institutions).  Latvia was invited to join the OECD in 2016. For 2014, Latvia was

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Project management in Switzerland

14 March 2016 IN Featured Know how Opinions BY

On February 18th and 19th the swiss project management association spm invited an international group of experts to join the IPMA Expert Seminar 2016 in Zürich. In the course of the seminar I was asked to contribute to the IPMA Blog with an article about project management in Switzerland. In the following articel I’d like

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Megaprojects in the desert: the case of Morocco

29 January 2016 IN Featured News Opinions BY

During my visit to Morocco with IPMA Executive Board, I had an opportunity to enjoy beautiful Moroccan gardens, one of which (Majorelle Garden) was owned by a famous French fashion designer, Yves Saint-Laurent. Interestingly, in the past Moroccan houses were called riad which means garden in Arabic. These houses had a fountain in the center,

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Sharing and Learning through Megaprojects: Building bridges on knowledge and competence

17 December 2015 IN Best Practices Featured Know how BY

The project world that we live in is becoming megaproject world. Megaprojects are big investment projects whose purpose is to make the “mega” for client and contractors, from one side, but also for the community itself from the other side. In the megaproject world megaprojects experts explore their performance, why they fail often and what

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1st IPMA Megaprojects SIG meeting in Croatia

18 September 2015 IN Featured News BY

IPMA megaprojects SIG was held in September 2015 in Primošten, Croatia. In parallel, the 12th OTMC conference on construction PM took place. Megaprojects are large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than 0.5 billion EUR or 1 billion USD. Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity, both in technical and human terms. Globally, 20% of

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IPMA will launch a Megaprojects Special Interest Group in September

8 July 2015 IN Featured News BY

Megaprojects are extremely large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than 1 billion USD. Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity, both in technical and organisational terms. Globally, 20% of the total global gross domestic product (GDP) is invested in capital projects/megaprojects. Their purpose is to make the “mega” change important not only for the

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