Early Estimates of Increasing Importance to Biotech & Pharma Capital Projects

Validating early cost and schedule targets is critical for pharma and biotech organizations to understand if project objectives are realistic or too aggressive.

By Jordan Sealock, IPA Manager of Chemicals, Life Sciences, and Nutrition

Buoyed by increases in biopharmaceutical drug approvals, pharmaceutical (pharma) and biotech owner companies are pouring capital into new and current manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and labs. Characteristic of this industry is that many pharma and biotech industry capital projects are schedule driven. But today,...


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Effective Site-Based Project Portfolio Execution Requires Owner, Contractor Staffing Balance

By measuring site project performance and hiring the right owner personnel, site-based capital investments can deliver greater value for business.

By Lucas Milrod, Deputy Director of Research, IPA Organizations & Teams Services
and Jay Russo, Research Analyst, IPA Organizations & Teams Services

There is a natural friction between industrial plant managers and site-based capital project directors. Plant managers are under pressure to drive down capital project costs, and one of their go-to tactics is reducing project system overhead....


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Hurricane Harvey—What Does It Mean for Capital Projects?

At the request of companies with capital projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, IPA is examining the likely effects of Hurricane Harvey on the capital projects market.

By Phyllis Kulkarni, IPA Regional Director, North America


The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has forever affected millions of people. The losses to lives, homes, and possessions resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma slamming into different parts of the United States Gulf Coast (USGC) are unbearably sad. The disruption to business operations has also been widely felt, with Houston being a...


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Improving Project Controls Competency: 3 Common Barriers Organizations Need to Overcome

By surveying more than 100 project control specialists in various industry sectors, IPA identified three barriers impeding project controls design and use.

By Isabel Bignon, IPA Research Analyst

 

The capital projects Industry is stuck in a rut in terms of design and project controls use. Owner companies appear to recognize the importance of project controls, as planning for their use during the development of capital projects has increased some over the last few years. Unfortunately, owners are making no progress implementing project controls...


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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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