Flawless Helicopter Lift
HKA's Sydney team has been working for the Port Authority of NSW to mange the relocation a key Radar component of the Vessel Tracking System (VTS) for Sydney Harbour and Port Botany and its re-integration to the VTS - as well as installation of a new Radar facility in Circular Quay. The existing Radar's location on the top of the AMP Centre, at a height of 188 metres, required the use of a helicopter to lower the Radar antenna to street level and involved a CBD road closure. The entire operation was very much weather dependent, but proceeded flawlessly on Sunday 12 November. HKA has been using its PMWeb facility to assist in managing the relocation. HKA installed PMWeb to its own equipment in the Verizon Data Centre, Sydney, in January 2013, subsequently moving to the Equinix Data Centre. HKA's PMWeb facility now provides access to PMWeb for the HKA organisation globally.
Can Technology Improve Your Claims Practice? [Part 2 of 2]
This article continues the discussion of how web-based project management solutions can enhance a project team’s ability to manage construction claims; and covers the remaining tasks and processes that PMWeb helps facilitate. Read more
Can Technology Improve Your Claims Practice? [Part 1 of 2]
No one can deny that construction claims are on the rise. With new project awards declining, projects seeing lower profit margins, increased liquidated damage claims for late completion, and other recent developments, owners and contractors are becoming more contentious and adversarial, which is leading to a growing volume of claims and disputes. Everyone knows that construction claims are never won on merit alone. Claims require extensive analysis of numerous factors: what events occurred, who is accountable for these events, how the contract clauses address the events, the impacts the events had on project cost and schedule, the documents and records available to substantiate or defend the claims, etc. How Can Web-Based Project Management Solutions Improve Claim Management? Read more
PMWeb Annual User Conference, Miami, 02-04 October 2017
The PMWeb Annual User Conference was a great success, enjoyed by all. There were some excellent User stories, sharing experiences and advice in the use of PMWeb, from Clients including:
- CBRE / Regions Bank - CBRE's Tony Webster, Terra Mieure and Jessica Williams described "The Spectrum of Bidding, Awarding and Contracting using PMWeb"
- HOAR Program Management - Andrew Betts and Sandra Denaburg gave a compelling Case Study on "How PMWeb Helped HOAR Program Management Deliver $600 Million Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line Project"
- Whataburger - Clint Saavedra and Cindy Espinoza took us through “Integrating Job Cost and Real Estate Project Management Systems: Building a Better Burger”
- Massachusetts Port Authority - John Audi and Irena Gagulic provided their insights on “Top 10 PMWeb Implementation Success Factors”
- The Walt Disney Company - Manny Alegria, Carol Hunter and Christian Walker - in addition to showing us all some of the Disney magic - presented their views on "Driving Change: Paving the Way with PMWeb".
Other presentations included John Statts and Tim Fleet of Critical Business Analysis on “ExtractIQ: How to Manage Legacy Data and Move It into PMWeb”; and Joel Thompson (Facility Workflow Solutions) and Marsha Shugrue (PMWeb, Inc) on “The Power of Data Warehousing”.
Our own Konstantine (Kon) Tonas, Tyler Monson, Peter Aynsley and Travis Hamera presented on topics including “Unique Client Uses of PMWeb Features” and “PMWeb Tips and Tricks”. Kon even found time to win the Disney prize for "Best Wookie impersonation" (voice/roar only).
Many thanks for the PMWeb team for hosting this event, providing great workshops on special topics and giving all attendees some insights into where PMWeb is heading - including some previews of the soon-to-be-released v5.2 and some specific plans for the content of further releases.
Project Controls Conference
Engineers Australia's 2017 Project Controls Conference at Sydney's International Convention Centre on 20-22 September was a great success, with delegates from across Australia attending. HKA Tech was pleased to welcome existing PMWeb clients, customers already evaluating PMWeb and those new to PMWeb's features. HKA Tech team members Shuva Basu, Paul Bone and Lora Labu enjoyed meeting everyone who came to the PMWeb stand.
2017 National Conference - I3 - Innovate, Influence & Implement
The theme of the Australian Institute of Project Management's National Conference this year is "Innovate, Influence & Implement". Industry leaders will gather at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, situated in the heart of the city, from 22-24 October. HKA Tech and PMWeb are proud to once again support the AIPM at its annual conference - this year as a Conference Supporter Partner. Read more about the Conference
Streamline and Improve Your Organization's Procurement Process
The objective of procurement management is to transfer the risks associated with the part of a project’s scope of work that is performed by outside organisations, known as contractors, vendors, or suppliers. This is the latest in a series of articles about managing projects through their full project lifecycle and focuses on Procurement.
PMWeb User Conference Update
The Walt Disney Company and CBRE/Regions Bank round out the 2017 PMWeb User Conference list of companies presenting at the event:
The Walt Disney Company: "Driving Change: Paving the Way with PMWeb"
Manny Alegria, System Specialist, Facility Asset Management
Christian Walker, Scheduling Manager, Project Controls, Facility Asset Management
CBRE/Regions Bank: "Effectively Managing Vendors Through PMWeb"
Terra Mieure, Cost Manager
Jessica Williams, Finance Manager
You can now access the full agenda for the User Conference and Optional Training Day on PMWeb's Event Page along with registration and hotel booking information.
DiamondRock Hospitality Company selects PMWeb
DiamondRock owns a portfolio of 28 premium hotels and resorts containing over 9,600 rooms concentrated in key gateway cities and destination resorts throughout North America and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since 2010, DiamondRock has acquired approximately $1.8 billion of urban and resort hotels in cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, Washington, D.C. and Fort Lauderdale. A majority of DiamondRock's hotels are operated by leading global hotel brands including Marriott International, Inc.™ (“Marriott”) and Hilton Worldwide™ (“Hilton”).
Are You Managing Project Cost Successfully? [part 2 of 2]
Are You Managing Project Cost Successfully? [part 1 of 2]
Each project an organization takes on represents a major investment that is ultimately designed to bring in a profit. Therefore, it’s vital that the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) delivers the project on budget and without cost overrun, or the anticipated ROI can be drastically reduced. To this end, the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) provides a comprehensive approach for managing project cost. Read more
Using Stage Gates to Improve Project Governance
PMWeb has now published the third article in its series on web-based project management solutions. The Stage Gate Review Process is a formal project life phase-driven go/no-go decision point where selected project deliverables for each stage are reviewed to ensure the organization’s requirements are met. Read more
Managing Project Integration
Within the field of professional project management, one of the most well-regarded sources of best practices and standards is the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The PMI PMBOK has identified 10 project management knowledge areas that should implemented when delivering projects: scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resources management, communications management, risk management, procurement management, and stakeholder management. PMWeb has published a series of articles that address these 10 knowledge areas, along with three additional ones: benefit realisation management, sustainability management and safety management. Read more
Managing Project Demand
PMWeb's second article (see PMWeb and the PMO below) has now been published - "Managing Project Demand with a Web-based PMIS". This article explores the use of PMWeb in capturing and analysing the various project ideas, opportunities and needs that have the potential to become approved as new projects. Read more
PMWeb and the PMO
PMWeb has published the first in a series of articles discussing how web-based project management solutions have revolutionized enterprise project management. The series will address how the latest software platforms have significantly improved the enterprise project management office’s ability to successfully execute the various project, program, and portfolio management processes. The series will also explain how these platforms provide for accurate, real-time reporting of a project’s status, health, and performance.
When it comes to managing major construction projects, it’s essential to have a Project Management Office (PMO) in place to create and oversee an effective management system to facilitate the successful execution of the various project and program management activities. Read more
Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club has selected PMWeb for its Capital Project Management Software. The brand comprises more than 50 Marriott Vacation Club properties throughout the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia and more than 400,000 owners.
Wednesday, 03 May 2007, saw the launch of the new HKA brand in Australia. More than 170 guests gathered at The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, overlooking Sydney Harbour, to celebrate the launch of the new HKA brand and to recognise the achievements of the company’s operations in Australia since its establishment in 1999. Special guest speaker, Sean Duggan from Ultraspeed Australia , entertained guests with an introduction to Hyperloop, an exciting new technology currently in development that will revolutionise the way we travel. HKA is currently providing advisory services for Hyperloop, one of many exciting projects we are working on in Australia. Great night! Read more about HKA and HKA-Tech
Project Controls Conference 2017
The Australian Cost Engineering Society (ACES) together with Risk Engineering Society (RES) are hosting the Project Controls Conference in Sydney, with the theme of “Improving maturity in Project Controls – keeping investments on track” through the presentation streams – people, process and technology. The Conference will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from 20-22 September 2017.
HKA and PMWeb are a sponsor of the Conference and will be in the Project Controls 2017 Technology Hub.
PMWeb 2017 User Conference
Save the date: PMWeb's 2017 User Conference with Optional Admin Training Day will be held October 2nd - 4th at the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami, Florida.
PMWeb Version 5.1 now available
March 2017: PMWeb Clients may now upgrade to Version 5.1. There is no additional cost for this upgrade for Clients on Software Support & Maintenance Agreements or using PMWeb's Software as a Service (SaaS) - just contact your authorised PMWeb sales representative (e.g. HKA-Tech) to make the arrangements.
The new version introduces two major features - the PMWeb 3D Viewer and PMWeb University - as well as a large number of enhancements. It is now the official current release version of PMWeb and is installed in all new instances, whether on-premise or SaaS. Read more about Version 5.1.
McLachlan Lister name change
On 24 February 2017, McLachlan Lister Pty Limited changed its name to HKA Global Pty Ltd.
The change of name is part of the process that has followed the sale of the global Construction Claims Group (CCG) - of which McLachlan Lister is a part - to Bridgepoint Development Capital (see Sale Details). The sale is planned to conclude prior to 31 May 2017.
Stanford University selects PMWeb for its capital works Project Management Software
Stanford University is the latest University to select PMWeb, joining Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, American University, UC Davis, Tufts University, Boston College and the University of Washington St Louis - all users of PMWeb Portfolio, Program and Project Management Software.
DID YOU KNOW? Stanford alumni and faculty founded Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world.
Alaska Airlines selects PMWeb for its capital works Project Management Software
Alaska Airlines has been ranked by J. D. Power and Associates as having the highest customer satisfaction of the traditional airlines for nine consecutive years. The airline has now selected PMWeb for its capital works Project Management Software.
Carnegie Mellon University
After a lengthy review process, CMU chose PMWeb for its capital works Projects Management Software over all other competitors primarily because "Unlike the other software companies, PMWeb clearly understands construction." PMWeb was designed and built from the ground up by Program and Construction Managers to deliver an all-in-one, easy-to-use project management system.
CMU joins other Universities using PMWeb, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, American University, UC Davis Medical, Tufts, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Washington, Boston College and the University of Washington St Louis.
Solid Gold from PMWeb at AIPM's Inaugural Regional Conference
17 November 2016: PMWeb Australia & New Zealand was a Conference Supporter for the Australian Institute of Project Management’s Inaugural Regional Conference 2016 held at the Sydney Hilton from October 16-19. The conference was opened by the AIPM’s Patron and the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d). Keynote speakers included Kitty Chiller, 2016 Australian Olympic Commission Chef de Mission:
PMWeb also supplied a highly sought-after prize for the AIPM's conference app leaderboard competition, a half-ounce gold bar! The prize was won by Stuart Elkins of Ergon Energy in Queensland.
Data Migration packages - Primavera Contract Manager to PMWeb
16 October 2016: In August 2016, Oracle announced that it was discontinuing any further product releases or patches for Primavera Contract Manager (PCM). At the same time, ongoing "Sustaining Support" was confirmed on an indefinite basis - i.e. technical support for owners of PCM will be provided until further notice. Options for existing PCM owners therefore include:
- Continuing with the system (which will require some close management, given that new patches and alterations to external programs such as Java and Windows could impact PCM operation)
- Migrating to Oracle Unifier - there being options to facilitate this such as Oracle's Contract Management Cloud Accelerator
- Migrating to an alternative system for the management of Contracts and other project-related functions.
Owners should consult with Oracle or a member of the Oracle Partner Network in relation to Options 1 and 2 above.
As part of analysing the cost/benefit of any new Contract Management system, an important component of cost (and time) is data migration. Our organisation has extensive experience in data migration from other systems into PMWeb and can provide advice on liklely cost. We have also now released two standard packages for migrating data from PCM V13.x and 14.x to PMWeb. This provides a ready reference for clients conducting comparative analysis and a tool to examine whether there are factors in their existing system that could make a migration non-standard (whether to PMWeb or to any other system).
Contact us for more information including package inclusions and pricing.
PMWeb releases Version 5.0
21 September 2016: From November 2016, all new PMWeb SaaS facilities will be delivered with PMWeb v5.0. Clients under existing PMWeb SaaS agreements or under PMWeb SSM Agreements for on-premise installations may now choose to upgrade to PMWeb v5.0. Read about the new features in v5.0
PMWeb and the AIPM Regional Conference
16 September 2016: PMWeb Australia & New Zealand is pleased to be a Conference Supporter for the Australian Institute of Project Management’s Inaugural Regional Conference 2016 to be held at the Sydney Hilton from October 16-19. This Conference will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the AIPM. Here’s a preview of PMWeb at the conference: