Organizing for Effective Project Management

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by Gerald P. Cauthen, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas Inc, San Francisco, CA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects:

Abstract: Effective project management is an essential element in any engineering project. This paper traces through the planning, preliminary engineering, fixed design, bidding, construction, testing and start-up phases of such a project. Some of the management actions which can be taken to help guarantee a successful program are identified. Given the great variety of transportation problems to be dealt with it is impossible to establish a single organizational structure to fit all situations. For the purposes of illustration this paper assumes that the problem is to design, plan, build and start-up a light rail system in an urban area and that many local, regional, state and federal agencies will be affected by the project.

Subject Headings: Organizations | Light (artificial) | Bids | Design/Build | Light rail transit |

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