overruns. Again, the engineering, procurement and construction teams relied on
close collaboration to optimize the workflow. Speaking the shared language of project management helped facilitate communication across disciplines, Mr. Noël says.
“PMI standards are essential for project success because they provide a common
framework for how to do projects,” he says. “What’s good about A Guide to the
Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is, it’s a language that is
shared by people from very different perspectives.”
By working together to leverage lessons learned from the initial scope, the team
improved its performance by up to 40 percent for some activities. A monthly critical
path analysis was one way the team was able to beat its goal, Mr. Noël says.
“We did detailed scheduling of critical components,” he says. “We did things like
expediting procurement items. We measured performance. This helped us under-
stand where we were drifting.”
Monitoring progress carefully and taking corrective action quickly also allowed
the project team to control costs. At one point, forecasts predicted the final cost
would come in slightly over budget. But at completion, the project was well within
Rio Tinto’s budget allocation.
The work paid off. The team made up the additional month it had added to the
schedule and handed the project over to the operations team in December 2012—
the original project delivery date.
Along with proving the viability of RTA’s proprietary technology at full production
scale, the project provided lessons learned during the plant’s construction that can be
leveraged during later installations. And the RTA project community is better for it,
Mr. Charron says.
“We’re ready for any future phase,” he says. “And we’re ready to sell our technology in the market. So that’s pretty good news for the corporation.” PM
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