What Is Value Engineering?

Transcription: Gordon Culp: So what is Value Engineering? That's what I'd like to spend the next few minutes talking about. VE is basically a review of a project carried out by a multi-discipline team working together in a multi-day workshop to look for ways to increase the value of a project. And...

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Wastewater Expert Witness Gordon Culp

Transcription: I'm Gordon Culp. I'm a professional engineer with 50 years experience in water and waste water treatment. I've written, or co-authored, ten books and over 70 published papers. So sometimes, I get calls from an attorney looking for a water or wastewater treatment expert witness. In a...

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Defining Project Quality

Does completing a project that meets specifications within schedule and budget define a quality project? Not necessarily! Consider the Edsel automobile. The Edsel is a classic example of a “quality” project carried out by an expert project team that produced an innovative, sound design which ended...

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Six Steps to Control Project Quality

So you’re buckled in your airline seat, having tuned out the safety demonstration, when you hear the pilot announce “Flight attendants take your seats, our departure time has been moved up. The weather is closing in and we need to leave or we’ll be delayed and that will cost us all time and money....

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Ten Questions to Reveal True Project Status

True or False – Most of the information you need as the project manager to track project status comes from your accounting system? The answer is “False!” However, the organization’s accounting system is the most popular thing we hear project managers blame for their difficulties in monitoring...

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Top 10 Excuses Not to Ask for a Scope Change

Are you among the many project managers who have the fear that raising a scope change with a customer will be confrontational and may adversely affect the relationship and future work with that customer? Ironically, we find in our work interviewing many customers about satisfaction with service...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

How do you like to have information given to you so that you can take it in, absorb it, and really understand it? Some people like to hear all the details, and others like to see the big picture first. However, our tendency is to give people information based on the way we like to receive it. So,...

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Are You a Delegator or a Dumper?

If you are: Working longer hours than your staff; Doing work assigned to your staff; Not getting your top-priority items done; Regularly being interrupted by staff needing info or decisions; Consistently rushing to meet deadlines; Handing off tasks at the last minute; Then you might be a Dumper!...

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