Using Project Management Techniques in Hydro-Relicensing

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by David Dominie, Central Maine Power Co, Augusta, United States,
Jon Richard, Central Maine Power Co, Augusta, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: To answer a pressing need for managing today's complex process and requirements of hydro relicensing, Central Maine Power Company (CMP) has applied the principles of project management, including the use of computerized scheduling to its hydro relicensing efforts. This approach involves early inter-departmental cooperation in mapping out critical path scheduling by requiring the project team to: 1. Outline the scope of the project in its entirety. 2. Clarify and define components of the project. 3. Quantify and categorize assumptions and dependencies. 4. Identify constraints. The computer-generated schedule of this cooperative planning effort provides a graphic representation of the team's plan and becomes the focal point for refinements and adjustments necessary to complete an application on time. The use of project management techniques facilitates team understanding of the realities and limitations in the relicensing process. These techniques encourage cooperative action toward a common goal, and use a solution-oriented process resulting in a product which can be a useful tool in communicating with resource agencies and regulators.

Subject Headings: Project management | Team building | Scheduling | Licensure and certification | Electric power | Hydro power | Power plants | Computer software | North America | Maine | United States

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