InSites: Research and News for Small Projects
August 13, 2014
What is one thing you would change about your project system? IPA asked hundreds of site-based project managers this question, and the answers are eye-opening.
August 4, 2014
There are many ways to approach assurance and investment decision-making for small capital projects. What strategies are most common at sites, and what works best to ensure projects are ready to move forward?
July 7, 2014
The key findings from a recently completed IPA research study on tank maintenance projects can help companies optimize cost and schedule performance.
June 16, 2014
IPA has seen site-based project authorization durations ranging from just 2 days to nearly 1 year in some cases. What are normal durations and approaches? And what is optimal?
June 13, 2014
As sites are increasingly responsible for executing larger capital projects, IPA has made it possible to use the FEL Toolbox software to self-evaluate projects up to US$20 million.
April 11, 2014
IPA discussed the results of two recent site-based research studies at the 2014 IBC. One study identified a series of portfolio management practices used by the best-performing sites, resulting in predictable and effective projects. The other study examined the effect that contracting alliance longevity has on performance, and how construction contracting approaches vary based on market conditions.
April 4, 2014
With the best overall performance of all manufacturing sites benchmarked by IPA in the past year, the 2014 Best Site award goes to Dow Terneuzen. The award was presented at the 2014 Industry Benchmarking Consortium (IBC).
January 13, 2014
IPA is planning five new research studies and tools specifically for site capital project systems addressing the following topics: sustaining capital norms for mining, minerals, and metals sites; benchmarking tank maintenance activities; site portfolio management; construction contracting; and site functionality.
January 7, 2014
How commonly do site-based project managers fulfill multiple roles, and how does it affect capital project performance?
August 23, 2013
Much of IPA’s capital project research relies on understanding the owner company perspective. But, to determine the factors that contribute to the success or failure of site engineering alliances, IPA switched gears and sought feedback directly from engineering contractors themselves.