Managing a Megaproject

by M. Anthony Hillier, Planning Manager; Chancery House, St. Nicholas Way, Sutter, England SM1-1JB,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 6, Pg. 44-47

Document Type: Feature article


The tunnel beneath the English Channel is an unusual construction project because of the private sector financing of infrastructure as well as the price, $9 billion, and the international cooperation required during the work. Responsibilities for design, construction and management are equally divided between the governments and private firms in the United Kingdom and in France. There are an estimated 800 separate work packages to be coordinated and contracts include drastic penalty clauses should the work fall behind schedule. Project management software is the means by which all activities and costs are accounted for on a daily basis. Software and hardware are described. The organizational management, the Project Implementation Division, oversees the project and the use of software to do so is detailed. The tunnel is due to open in May 1993, shortly after Europe's Single Market is initiated in 1992.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Project management | Tunnels | Infrastructure construction | Private sector | Financing | Infrastructure | Pricing | Europe | United Kingdom | France

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