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Project Risk and Opportunity Management

The Owner's Perspective, 1st Edition

By Agnar Johansen, Nils Olsson, George Jergeas, Asbjørn Rolstadås

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176 pages

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Description

Effective risk and opportunity management is key to the successful delivery of any major engineering and construction project. This book looks at how all those involved can manage risk and capitalise on the opportunities that uncertainty present. The authors of this book highlight that uncertainties should be managed rather than avoided. This book will look at simple projects with a small team, to megaprojects where some hundreds of people are involved, and the consequences of delays or unforeseen costs. However, while the obvious risks can be planned for, the authors argue that it is often the opportunities in these situations that can have unexploited potential.

This book is about opportunity management seen from the owner’s perspective. It will be an invaluable resource for those studying Engineering both undergraduate and postgraduate and set out ways in which projects should be managed from planning to completion. This book is also a great tool for those working in project management and the construction industry. While there are many books that demonstrate effective construction management, this book is the first of its kind to emphasise that there is opportunity in uncertainty, and possibility in the unexpected.

Table of Contents

PREFACE *

CONTENTS *

LIST OF FIGURES *

LIST OF TABLES *

Part I – WHY CHASE OPPORTUNITIES? *

1. PROJECT BUSINESS *

1.1. The lost opportunities *

1.2. Current industry practice *

1.3. From project delivery to value creation *

1.4. Type of projects *

1.5. Major stakeholders *

1.6. Unpredictability in projects *

2. HOW PROJECTS ARE DELIVERED *

2.1. Stage gate models in projects *

2.2. Project phases *

2.3. Planning a project *

2.4. Implementing a project *

3. THE OWNER AND HIS ROLE *

3.1. Project ownership *

3.2. Project sponsor, asset owner and PEO *

3.3. Governance *

3.4. Users *

3.5. Project owners and success *

3.6. Financing of projects *

3.7. Project owners and uncertainty management *

4. RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES *

4.1. Uncertainty versus risk and opportunity *

4.2. Uncertainty categories *

4.3. Risk and opportunity categories *

4.4. Risk and opportunity from the perspective of time *

4.5. Risk management *

4.6. Project complexity *

4.7. Reflections on project uncertainty in an owner perspective *

5. RISK AND OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT APPROACH *

5.1. The management process *

5.2. Identifying and quantifying risks and opportunities *

5.3. Tools and techniques: how to find opportunities *

5.4. Opportunities as reaction and iterations for opportunity management *

5.5. Benefits *

Part II – HOW TO CHASE OPPORTUNITIES? *

6. PRACTICAL RISK AND OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT *

6.1. Opportunities in projects *

6.2. Cost and schedule *

6.3. Quality *

6.4. Real options *

6.5. Lean thinking *

6.6. Last responsible moment integrated planning *

6.7. Project flexibility can provide opportunities *

6.8. Exploiting opportunities *

7. CONTINGENCY CALCULATIONS *

7.1. Cost contingency *

7.2. Schedule contingency *

7.3. Generic contingency calculation methods *

7.4. Cost contingency calculations *

7.5. Schedule contingency calculations *

8. CONTRACTUAL PRACTICES AND COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS *

8.1. Contracts and risk *

8.2. Risk allocation in contracts *

8.3. Contractual arrangements and types *

8.3.1. Design–Bid–Build or General Contractor Concept *

8.3.2. Design–Build or EPC *

8.3.3. Construction Management *

8.4. Contract price arrangements or payment structures *

8.4.1. Fixed Price Contracts *

8.4.2. Cost Reimbursable Contracts *

8.4.3. Guaranteed Maximum Price Contracts *

8.4.4. Convertible Contracts *

8.4.5. Frequent disputes and claims *

8.5. The collaborative construction model *

8.5.1. What is the mission of the systems integrator? *

8.5.2. What does the systems integrator do? *

8.5.3. Where does the systems integrator reside? *

8.5.4. Who should staff the systems integrator? *

8.5.5. Critical success factors for the collaborative construction model *

9. CASE STUDY – RAIL IN MEDIUM SIZE CITY *

9.1. The business case for railway projects *

9.2. Commercial perspective, revenues and costs *

9.3. Socio-economic perspective *

9.4. The case study *

9.5. Uncertainty development *

9.6. Chasing opportunities in the case *

9.6.1. Reducing investment cost *

9.6.2. Reducing operational cost *

9.6.3. Reducing inconveniences *

9.6.4. Increasing benefits *

PART III – CHANGED MINDSET *

10. CHANGED INDUSTRY MINDSET *

10.1. Industry best practices *

10.2. Shifts in mindset *

10.3. The change process *

ABBREVIATIONS *

REFERENCES *

INDEX *

About the Authors

Agnar Johansen (PhD) is a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Building and Infrastructure, Department of Mobility and Economics, Norway.

Nils Olsson (PhD) is Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

George Jergeas (PhD, PEng) is Director at the Centre of Project Management Excellence, and Professor at the University of Calgary, Schulich School of Engineering, Canada.

Asbjørn Rolstadås (PhD) is Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS101000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TEC005000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TEC062000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Project Management