IPA and Newmont to Host Mining Project Benchmarking Forum in Toronto

Senior business and project leaders will convene to share ideas about common ways to improve the effectiveness of capital projects in the mining industry.

Independent Project Analysis (IPA), Inc., is hosting a leadership forum on the current and future state of capital projects in the mining industry on September 14-15, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. The 2-day Mining Project Benchmarking Forum, co-hosted by Newmont Mining Corporation, will be attended by senior business and project leaders representing more than a dozen mining industry companies....


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Chemicals Companies Must Stop Neglecting Capital Project Team Staffing

Already struggling to staff project organizations with experienced talent, chemicals companies surveyed by IPA fear continued shortage of owner project competencies.

Shortage of Owner Project Competencies Feared

By Natalia Zwart, IPA Manager, Chemicals, Life Sciences, and Nutrition

As most other industrial sectors endure sluggish growth in 2017, the commodity chemical industry continues to experience a revival in project activity. The sustained up tempo in commodity chemical industry capital project activity, especially in the United States, can be...


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Supporting Continuous Improvement for Power Projects

Independent Project Analysis (IPA) has a long history of helping power companies improve their capital project systems and individual project outcomes.

Power companies often struggle to deliver power projects close to their anticipated cost and schedule targets. This poor capital performance can be attributed to several causes. For example, IPA has found that power companies are more likely to develop projects without a formal project development process in place. Power companies also tend to authorize project funds before roles and...


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IPA, Clients Collaborate in Creating Unified Cost Coding Structure for Mining & Minerals Industry

At the AACEI 2017 Annual Meeting, IPA Manager of Mining, Minerals, and Metals Baqun Ding introduced a new cost coding structure developed by IPA and clients.

Cost coding is not standardized across the mining industry. Mining companies have developed their own internal convention of how to group scope components and commodities into categories. The resulting lack of cost category commonality from company to company, and from contractor to contractor, creates barriers to using and sharing others' data. Therefore, the cost performance of individual...


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Finding the Right Construction Managers for Your Projects

As Industry rebuilds the in-house competency of the construction management function, IPA research identifies key CM attributes linked to success.

In this difficult project environment, project organizations have been under a tremendous amount of pressure to cut costs. This pressure has translated into staff cuts and, in many cases, even the elimination of whole functions from owner organizations. Construction management is one function that, in many cases, owners have eliminated, based on the feeling that contractors are better poised...


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