The annual Forum Safran user conference is fast-approaching. From October 30th, project controls and planning professionals from around the world will congregate at the Sola Strand Hotel, Stavanger, to learn, share, discover, and benefit from high-value seminars presented by fellow project controls professionals.
Returning for its 18th consecutive year, Forum Safran promises to be bigger and better than ever, with our largest collection of keynote speakers, training sessions, and demonstrations
Keeping every member of a project team up-to-date can be arduous. Historically, the production of weekly, or bi-weekly, reports depleted the planning department's valuable time and resources, and reducing this expenditure wasn't possible without significant compromises to project members.
Experience tells us that project schedules persistently overrun. To try and counter this, project professionals must spend the time ensuring the schedule is reliable, meets project requirements, and contains all the necessary work. What’s more, schedules should be built according to acknowledged best practices, such as the US Government Accountability Office’s Schedule Assessment Guide and the DCMA 14 Point Assessment. And health checks are another powerful tool in a project manager's arsenal, used worldwide by many businesses and governments to assess the credibility of the project schedule.
A problem often faced by large-scale projects is how to integrate both owner and contractor schedules into a single, cohesive plan—without granting contractors access to the owner’s IT network.
We are delighted to announce the introduction of Safran Cloud: an on-demand cloud-driven service that provides access to the latest generation of Safran’s project controls applications – Safran Project and Safran Risk – whenever and wherever you need them.
Practised by thousands of individuals across the world, project scheduling is perhaps the most common discipline of project planning and control. Every project in every industry is managed according to a schedule, regardless of size or scale, and the use of scheduling software has become a staple ingredient of project planning. With such significance placed upon scheduling activities, you'd be forgiven for thinking that projects are well-planned and successfully-executed, but research tells us that projects often, even usually, overrun their schedules by some margin.
Cost and schedule risk analysis assesses the likely effect of uncertainty, as well as individual risks on overall project costs and time-to-completion. Essential to accurate project control and forecasting, it can also reveal how much contingency is needed to stay within budget and meet deadlines.
Shutdown projects, also known as turnarounds, planned outages or STOs are a distinctive and demanding type of project. Stakes are high, as is pressure on the schedule and project team. They are typically costly, short in duration, high risk, require a large number of human resources (including a substantial proportion of sub-contractors), and have a significant focus on HSE (health, safety and environment). The complexity of these projects dictates a sound process for planning and executing. Meanwhile, the pressure on schedule and overall duration turn them into the formula 1 of project execution and control.
Last month, Safran Software Solutions hosted a live, free, and interactive webinar alongside Jonas Gran. We discussed his work as project planner on the Oslo International Airport T2 expansion and explored how Safran Project supports planning large complex capital projects.