Insights into the ideas and innovations that are transforming project planning and delivery

Construction Project Management

Construction Firms See Benefits from Integration of CPM and Lean Scheduling

Amid growing demands from owners for more efficient project delivery, builders continue to search for ways to enhance project execution and boost productivity,...

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Construction Project Management

Digital Transformation Insights and Success Stories Take Center Stage at Oracle Industry Connect

Day two of Oracle Industry Connect opened with an engaging panel discussion focusing on an area of paramount importance to virtually all organizations: how to...

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Payment Management

Oracle Textura Payment Management Surpasses $500B in Construction Value Managed on System

We have some exciting news to share on the construction payments innovation front: Oracle Textura Payment Management Cloud Service since its inception has now...

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Construction Project Management

Innovation and Customer Success in Focus at Oracle Industry Connect Construction and Engineering Program

The energy inside the New York Hilton Midtown matched the weekday bustle on the Manhattan streets outside as Oracle Industry Connect 2018 kicked off with record...

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Trends and Insights

Dive Deep Into Innovation at Oracle Industry Connect

We think of the innovator as a loner: Darwin following in the footsteps of unusual finches in the Galapagos, Tesla toiling alone in Wardenclyffe on his massive...

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Construction Project Management

ACE Mentor Group Creates Construction Career Paths for High School Students

The construction industry faces a crisis in its ongoing shortage of skilled workers. The sector’s critical workforce challenges, which stem in large part from a...

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Public Infrastructure

Construction of Central Park a Marvel of Public Planning and Project Delivery Innovation

As we approach Oracle Industry Connect 2018, we continue to draw inspiration from our host city of New York. This time, we look at the vision, creativity, and...

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Customer Success

Making Capital Project Portfolio Management a Walk in the Park

New York City is renowned for its lush and lively open-air parks. Indeed, few green spaces in the US are as iconic as Manhattan’s Central Park. With Oracle...

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Construction Project Management

How BIM Can Enable Construction Scheduling in 4D

The concept of 4D schedule simulation holds significant promise to improve project delivery by marrying highly detailed scheduling to building information...

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Energy and Resources

Five Tips to Keep Energy Turnaround Projects In Scope and On Target

If there’s any certainty in the energy industry, it's that every few years executives will spend considerable time overseeing the process of taking refinery...

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Los Angeles Metro Helping Ready City for the Olympics

Throughout February, the world has been captivated by extraordinary displays of athleticism, dedication, and heart at the Winter Games in South Korea. As Oracle...

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Customer Success

Finding Adventure in Project Management

We’re big fans of adventure – after all, what interesting project isn’t one? – and so we’re especially excited (stoked, even) to have Leslie...

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Construction Project Management

Darren Bechtel on the Future of Construction Technology

We’re excited to have Darren Bechtel, founder of Brick & Mortar ventures, join us at Oracle Industry Connect 2018 to discuss his work and his perspectives...

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Construction Project Management

Carillion Collapse a Reminder of Need for Process Improvements, Transparency

The sudden collapse of Carillion reminds us that even titan contractors are not immune to the effects of cavalier fiscal and supply chain management. With all...

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Construction Project Management

What Technologies Will Have the Biggest Impact on Construction in 2018?

The global construction industry continued to make progress last year on efforts to leverage new technology to tackle its longstanding and well-documented...

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Construction Project Management

Blending Lean and CPM Scheduling for a Competitive Advantage

This post was written by Mark Jenkins, Director of Product Strategy for Oracle Construction and Engineering.  The construction industry remains relatively...

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Trends and Insights

The Collapse of Carillion in the UK and Remedies for the Future

Since the collapse of Carillion just over a week ago, much has been said about what brought about its downfall, who is to blame, and what the implications will...

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Construction Project Management

How Drones and Data are Improving Project Outcomes in Construction and Energy

For construction companies, visibility into status and activities is critical to project execution. One innovative company, Uplift Data Partners, is taking...

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Construction Project Management

Empire State Building Stands as an Icon of Construction Innovation

New York City will soon play host to Oracle Industry Connect 2018, drawing hundreds of Oracle Construction and Engineering customers, thought leaders...

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Construction Project Management

Oracle Buys Aconex

Creates the World’s Most Comprehensive Cloud Offering for Managing All Aspects of Construction Projects Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered...

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Construction Project Management

How Exoskeleton Technology is Helping Transform Construction and Industrial Work

I have long been fascinated by robots and other technologies that help expand the tasks and activities that can be performed by human beings. What once was...

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Key Dimensions of Capital Project Delivery Transformation

Earlier this month, I joined Oracle colleagues and 1,500 or so fellow project delivery professionals at the Project Controls Expo in London, where attendees...

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Customer Success

How Oracle Helped Railroad CSX Modernize Its Project Portfolio Management

CSX Transportation, a leading railroad with 21,000 miles of track across the U.S. East Coast and eastern Canada, recently set out to modernize its project...

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Buildings and Facilities

Primavera Helps the University of Texas System Manage Complex Projects

Officials at the University of Texas System don't just imagine the future, they're already embracing it. "We feel we are already building the world of...

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Customer Success

Innovation, Technology Drive Infrastructure Program Success

Earlier this month, I joined a contingent of Oracle Construction and Engineering colleagues in London at The Project Controls Expo, where we (and roughly 1,500...

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Customer Success

Explore the Future of Project Delivery at Oracle Industry Connect 2018

What does the future of project delivery look like, and how do we – collectively – get there? What are the transformative ideas and innovations that are...

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Communication Meets Collaboration Through FALM

This post was written by Karolina Tyra, a senior solutions consultant at Oracle Construction and Engineering. She has spent more than a decade in project...

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Construction Project Management

Primavera Solutions Help Cordoba Deliver Successful Construction Projects

Cordoba Corporation is the program manager and construction manager for the Long Beach City College bond program, whose goals include revitalizing the college’s...

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Customer Success

Digital Transformation in the Spotlight at Oracle Future of Projects Event

In my last post, I discussed the importance of digital transformation to unlocking significant productivity gains and other improvements in the area of project...

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Energy and Resources

Digital Transformation: Moving Beyond Mere Change to Improve Capital Projects

A recent McKinsey report makes deceptively simple-seeming assertion: “Digital technology is disrupting capital projects. Companies that want to emerge as...

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Energy and Resources

Project Delivery Improvements Can Help Utilities Protect Margins Amid Challenges

Utilities continue to face an array of challenges that bring new costs and threaten both top- and bottom-line performance. Significant macro forces include:...

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Customer Success

Alectra Utilities Looks to the Cloud to Scale Program Management After Merger

Organizations around the world are moving critical business functions to the cloud to improve operational efficiency and project delivery. One such enterprise...

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Construction Project Management

Oracle Prime Helps Improve Construction Team Collaboration, Productivity in the Field

Construction firms increasingly are focused on revving up productivity, especially in the field. And Oracle Construction and Engineering is focused on helping...

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Customer Success

Why Oracle Construction and Engineering Customers Look to the Cloud

Running mission-critical applications in the cloud offers a host of significant business benefits, according to participants in a panel discussion called “Shift...

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Construction Project Management

How Burns & McDonnell Improved Management of Client Projects

For most organizations, continual improvement is key to sustaining success, even when that means leaving behind a valuable resource that supported growth for...

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Trends and Insights

How to Launch a Successful Project Portfolio Management (or Any Technology) Initiative

Organizations face increasing pressure to shrink technology budgets and get more out of smaller investments. Technology initiatives are now just another...

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Public Infrastructure

Public Transportation Community to Connect, Learn at Oracle Virtual Summit

A day of transportation industry insights – no transportation needed! Oracle Construction and Engineering on Sept. 13 will host the Virtual Transportation Summit...

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Customer Success

Airline Interjet Improves Project Management with Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM

ABC Aerolíneas, S.A. de C.V., operating as Mexican airline Interjet, has seen significant efficiency gains from using Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project...

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Public Infrastructure

Airports Look to the Cloud to Coordinate Delivery of Complex Projects

Airports are among the largest, most complex and most visible civil engineering infrastructure projects in the world. In fact, one could argue that airport...

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Energy and Resources

$50 Until 2020s – How Can Oil Firms Protect Margins Amid Lasting Price Pressures?

The oil industry continues to be hit from all sides. Challenges abound, but perhaps none is larger than economic conditions keeping the price of oil bouncing...

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Public Infrastructure

Smart City Initiatives Demand Smart Project Management

Today, more people live in urban areas than in rural ones. And according to recent predictions that gap will continue to grow, with more than two-thirds of the...

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Payment Management

Late Payments Plague U.K. Construction Industry: Report

Late payment continues to be a debilitating challenge for the U.K. construction industry, resulting in damage to relationships, increased project costs and job...

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Construction Project Management

How 3D-Printing Robots Could Change Construction

Welcome to a periodic feature called "Future Fridays," in which we will explore interesting technology and other innovations from the cutting edge of...

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Construction Project Management

Primavera P6 Improves Construction Project Execution for McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies is a national construction company specializing in self-performed work. With offices throughout the U.S., McCarthy serves an array...

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Customer Success

Turner Uses Textura Payment Management to Pay Subcontractors Efficiently

A leading builder in an array of market segments around the world, North America-based Turner Construction Co. completes $10 billion of construction on 1,500...

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Construction Project Management

Primavera Unifier Helps Burns & McDonnell Lay Foundation for Project Success

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental, and consulting solutions firm. The Kansas City, Mo.-based company's...

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Construction Project Management

Alectra Utilities Uses Primavera P6 in the Cloud to Power Up Program Management

Alectra Utilities, which provides electrical power and related services to around one million residential and commercial customers in Ontario, has transformed...

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Customer Success

Oracle Construction and Engineering to Explore the Future of Projects at EMEA Event

What does the future hold for organizations that plan, build, and operate complex assets – and how can they position themselves for continued project success?  Th...

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Buildings and Facilities

IoT Transforming Healthcare Facilities Management

Perhaps nowhere is the Internet of Things (IoT) showing more promise than in healthcare, where it has the potential to improve nearly every facet of the...

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Construction Project Management

The Business Case for Construction Project Controls

What is a project controls solution, and how much should it cost? If those are the two questions you start with when you talk about project controls systems, you...

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Trends and Insights

Implementation Best Practices for Construction Software Solutions

While construction historically has lagged other sectors in terms of IT investment, such spending is now accelerating as more and more organizations wake up to...

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Customer Success

Construction Payment Management Technology Yields Big Savings for Pankow

General contractor Pankow estimates that using Oracle Textura Payment Management Cloud Service has saved the general contractor six figures annually by...

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Payment Management

Construction Subcontractor Early Payment Programs Gain Ground, ENR Says

Construction subcontractor early payment programs that are powered by Oracle Construction and Engineering cloud technology are gaining acceptance among general...

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Construction Project Management

Integrating Lean Construction and the Critical Path – It Can be Done

Vital signs are strong today in the construction industry, but that doesn’t mean things are easy or success is guaranteed. Project owners demand faster builds;...

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Public Infrastructure

Public Infrastructure Needs, Funding Challenges Drive Better Approach to Capital Improvement Programs

Oracle Construction and Engineering recently announced the launch of the Capital Improvement Program solution, which helps public entities and other...

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Payment Management

Solving the Slow Payment Problem in Construction with Supply Chain Finance

As most supplier companies can attest, payment terms are lengthening across virtually all industries as buyers look to make the best use of their working...

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Construction Project Management

Oracle Construction and Engineering Unveils Lean Scheduling, Other Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service

New Lean Construction and Capital Improvement Program capabilities enhance comprehensive, cloud-based project success platform Oracle Construction and...

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Customer Success

Oracle Industry Connect – Construction and Engineering Day Two Report

Day two of Oracle Industry Connect kicked off with a keynote presentation by Oracle Executive Vice President-Global Business Units Bob Weiler, who discussed the...

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Customer Success

Oracle Industry Connect – Construction and Engineering Day One Report

Day one of the Construction and Engineering program at Oracle Industry Connect is a wrap. The first full day featured a variety of insightful presentations on...

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Buildings and Facilities

How Oracle Overcame Its Own Facilities Management Challenges

Organizations today face a host of evolving operational challenges in the area of facilities management. These include the need to make decisions on how to plan...

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Construction Project Management

Downer Group Sees Big Upside from Project Management Overhaul

Downer Group, a $7 billion engineering, construction, and maintenance company, a few years ago realized that its growth-by-acquisition strategy had a cost...

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Payment Management

Early Payment Option Helps Construction Subcontractors Improve Cash Flow

In construction, cash flow is a key challenge for subcontractors. Under the industry's traditional financial processes, subcontractors often face long and...

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Construction Project Management

Combining Lean Construction and CPM Scheduling for Greater Efficiency

In the following interview, Mark Jenkins, director of product strategy for Oracle Construction and Engineering, discusses the benefits to construction firms of...

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Public Infrastructure

How Airports Successfully Manage Expansion, Revitalization Projects

Airports are a catalyst for economic growth for many regions throughout the world. The significance of such facilities is reflected in the nearly $598 billion...

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Public Infrastructure

Smart Cities, Other Major Programmes Face Unique Project Management Challenges

Global urbanisation is occurring on a massive scale, and with large-scale smart city projects harnessing the power of technology like never before, there is an...

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Construction Project Management

How Lean Construction Principles and Critical Path Methods Enhance One Another

Construction contractors increasingly are turning to Lean Construction principles in conjunction with critical path method scheduling in an effort to drive new...

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Public Infrastructure

Keys to Keeping Rail Infrastructure Projects on Track

For decades, many global economies have been tied directly to advances in railway infrastructure. Today, rail is poised to impact local and regional economic...

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Trends and Insights

Construction Firms Turning to Technology, Cloud to Tackle Key Challenges: Aberdeen Report

Lack of visibility across multiple projects is a major challenge for construction firms, according to new research from Aberdeen Group. Nearly half (45%) of the...

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Customer Success

Layton Construction Scales for Growth with Oracle Textura Payment Management

Layton Construction Co., Inc., has used the Oracle Textura Payment Management Cloud Service to manage subcontractor payments since 2007. The construction...

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Energy and Resources

Transforming the Efficiency of Maintenance Programs

STOs are significant events, especially with commodity price volatility forcing companies to run their assets faster and harder. I see that the International...

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Payment Management

How to Drive Efficiency and Mitigate Risk in Payment Processes

Payment management in the construction industry has long been plagued by disjointed, paper- laden and manual processes. Inefficient and costly, this unwieldy...

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Public Infrastructure

Key Challenges Facing Major Programs

For the past few weeks the Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit has been focused on shedding some light on the challenges and opportunities...

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Trends and Insights

Next Stop: Project Excellence

Like any journey – whether on a road trip or on the road to success – it’s important to keep an eye on the final destination or end goal no matter how many...

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Energy and Resources

Oracle Teams with Accenture to Reduce Turnaround Costs and Risks

Turnarounds, shutdowns, and planned outages are a fact of life in oil and gas and other asset-intensive industries. Taking a key production asset offline for...

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Public Infrastructure

Safeguarding Infrastructure Development Projects

The global construction market is set to grow by US$8 trillion by 2030, reaching a total size of $US17.5 trillion. That is up by 85% and growing by an average...

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Trends and Insights

Eyes on the Prize: Process Excellence

The quest to build leaner, more efficient and more profitable businesses has been around since the dawn of commerce. Today, however, there is newfound urgency...

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Energy and Resources

Effective Processes in the Engineering Phase Can Deliver Enhanced Capital Project Performance

In this post, I want to focus on optimizing the delivery of capital projects, especially processes in the Engineering Design stage. Looking at the bigger picture F...

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Energy and Resources

Taking the Gamble Out of the Strategic Planning Processes

We’re all seeing how today’s unpredictable economic environment is creating multiple challenges for asset-intensive organizations – especially in the utilities,...

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Public Infrastructure

MAINTAIN: Sustainability Across the Entire Lifecycle

Informally, smart can be defined as “having or showing a quick-witted intelligence” and in the case of smart city initiatives, this intelligence is...

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Trends and Insights

Process Excellence Innovators Take the Wheel

Enterprises – from industries as diverse as banking and manufacturing – are focused on bringing a new level of discipline and sustained success to their...

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Public Infrastructure

Building Smart Cities for the Future

All city planners, engineers and builders are under a tremendous amount of pressure, and those building smart cities are no different. Planning and preparation...

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Product Innovations

Oracle Primavera Gives ETO Manufacturers Vital Visibility Across Project Portfolios

In the manufacturing sector, engineer-to-order (ETO) is anything but business as usual. This highly specialized area has always faced a host of unique...

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Trends and Insights

Perfecting the Process of Process Improvement

Efficiency drives have elevated process improvement to the top of corporate agendas. But, many companies fail to recognize that process improvement is itself a...

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Product Innovations

Learn How Oracle's Primavera Smart City Projects Solution Can Reduce the Risks of Transformation Initiatives

Cities throughout the world are facing similar pressures—growing populations and heightened expectations among constituents are spurring planners to introduce a...

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Public Infrastructure

PLAN: Planning Across Four Levels of Smart City

Paris, 1852. Emperor Napoleon III has just commissioned Haussmann’s bold remodeling of Paris, marking the birth of one of the most famous and radical modern...

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Trends and Insights

Setting the Stage for Lasting Success with Project Portfolio Management

By Mike Sicilia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit, Oracle Process improvement (PI) and process...

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Public Infrastructure

IDENTIFY: What to Build and Where to Build It

The physicist William Pollard said that “those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” This is essentially...

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Energy and Resources

Shared Insight: Utilities Power Up with Lifecycle Approach to Capital Projects

Today’s utility executives, along with their colleagues in other asset-intensive industries, face formidable challenges. Growing business and regulatory...

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Trends and Insights

Five Competitive Killers in the Manufacturing "Engineer to Order" Process

Call it a streetcar not desired. In September 2015, Seattle, Washington’s Department of Transportation issued penalties of nearly $800,000 against Czech company...

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Construction and Engineering

Two Worlds Colliding

Bringing together the best of both worlds Site foremen are formidable people. You don’t want to feel the force of their frustration. When someone else’s mistake...

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Public Infrastructure

How Can I Deliver Better Projects in My Smart City?

The World is Watching: 10 Game-Changing Characteristics Globally city managers are faced with an ever-increasing city population and a decrease in financial and...

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Energy and Resources

Solve the Decommissioning Dilemma

Decommissioning might be a rather dry phase of the asset lifecycle, but it is essential. And, at the same time, it is becoming increasingly costly and...

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Energy and Resources

New Report and Benchmark Assessment: The Secret to Reducing Shutdown Risks

Asset-intensive companies, such as those in the oil and gas, utilities, and chemicals industries, operate in a unique environment that has increased risks in...

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Trends and Insights

Five Reasons to Move to Cloud-Based Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

There's a lot riding on project management for companies in today's highly competitive global economy. Industry studies show that 20 percent of projects may...

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Construction Project Management

The Fourth Dimension Has Arrived

Making sense of the BIG picture It’s a construction manager’s nightmare. Once work starts on site, it’s blatantly obvious the plans are flawed. Calls...

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Construction Project Management

When The Unexpected Strikes

Expect the unexpected. That’s a mantra every construction manager could do with heeding. But it’s easier said than done. The one thing we don’t want is the...

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