Organizing for Effective Project Management

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


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: Project management | Design-build | Light (artificial) | Construction management | Bids | Light rail transit | Rail transportation | Organizations

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