Project Management Substation Guidelines

Project Management Substation Guidelines

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2839-7.ch010


Well-organized and astute project management methods are indispensable in the equipment installation development. The strategy team evaluates the correct electrical equipment installation process from a flawless good start standpoint. The transition from the conceptual renewable energy incorporation activities to the detailed requirements of process design as well as the resource commitment is imperative for the implementation of the capital-intense project. The model must have exceptional management commitment to execute the technology within the current infrastructure. One of the key elements for delivery of the desired results within the scheme is the specification or scope. Strict adherence to the plan is expected throughout the project lifecycle. The manager is responsible for control of the project by monitoring its progression, identifying risks and resolving issues, and providing status of completed milestones.
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Project Management Overview

Efficient and judicious project management techniques are essential in the equipment installation processes. The various electrical components housed within a substation, for example, requires several degrees of equipment integration, complex methodologies that involve many levels of quality, specifications, resources, and time. The management of the various aspects of the installation, specifically for electrical equipment upgrades, is a business requirement that encroaches on practically every responsible department as well as the suppliers. Moreover, the planning, organizing, implementing, and control of capital-intensive ventures are fundamental elements in project management (Jones, R., 2007). All of these processes are highly-integrated and inter-related with tentacles in the financial, engineering, quality, and construction arena. Additionally, effective project management necessitates some form of business, system, and technical responsibilities that defines the field, structure, technology, techniques and applications of the equipment installation process. The coordination is in essence, a delicate balancing act between man and machine to achieve a desired goal when properly implemented. Some electrical utility companies excel in the project management field whereas others consistently produce cost/schedule overruns in practically every single venture. The equipment may arrive on time at the wrong substation with the supporting resources. Conversely, excessive delays are incurred when the specialized resources are diverted to other projects (demand maintenance, fix-it-now activities, etc.) with little or no notice. The electrical equipment integration problems are compounded by other forces affecting the venture – land, permit, engineering issues – to mention a few, that will cease all activity in the assign project. The political will to shepherd a project to a successful completion is encompassed within every responsible department. Key individuals in these organizations must be accountable for every aspect of the electrical equipment installation process – not just specific departmental elements of the implementation. Project status meetings must entail some form socio-technical system (goal setting, job enrichment, participative approaches, etc.) to increase the effectiveness of the work effort to date (Feigenbaum, A., 1991). Effective leaders are motivators of men and women. The utilization of a project visibility program, for example, is strategically displayed for all to see of the progress for each venture. The apparent psychological effect imposed on the employees of the organization is designed to create a spirited competition for a successful project implementation.

Fall down seven times. Stand up eight. (Japanese proverb)

A report from a regional manager at an update meeting stated that the turbine blade shipments was late should prompt several questions as to why. In fact, with incisive project management techniques in conjunction with logistical contingency schedules from high-performance vendors, the turbine blades should have been installed on time, on budget, and most importantly, on strategy. The astute project manager is expected to perform due diligence on the supplier that include the correct utilization of vendor surveillance and quality conformity within the strategic bandwidth. Additionally, vendor audits, past performance results, and supplier conferences are expected project management criteria to minimize any corrective action and material discrepancies. Therefore, the key communication channel is between the project manager and the vendor (as opposed to the capital project status meeting) to ensure that the causes of the discrepancy are eliminated and corrective action is permanent. The plan and resolution development is implemented well before project update sessions occur.

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