“Project Controls – two words at war with one another” so said my companion at a recent meeting of Project Controls experts. “What on earth are you talking about?” I countered. He went on to say that on an exceptionally good day you might have a defined scope, with a finite budget all to be completed within a given time. However well-defined these three elements might be initially they are immediately under threat from the Project Delivery Method, the market and the client’s appetite for CHANGE. Typically for a major Capital Program/Project we bring together all sorts of resources internal/external. Then they are managed by an ad hoc group that will disperse upon Project Completion only to regroup in another part of the industry or world.

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