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Project Management

TDE has a project management team that is dedicated to taking projects from the award stage through to completion. Each project is executed by a project manager, with support from individual discipline managers who allocate resources as required for engineering, drafting, and support-related tasks. TDE employs project managers certified by the Project Management Institute, who execute projects within the guidelines outlined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

The project management group is responsible for ensuring that:

  • All stakeholder requirements are identified at the beginning of the project
  • The project is executed in compliance with project requirements
  • The final product is delivered within the scope of the project, and within the required delivery schedule
  • Customers are satisfied with the product they receive

These key tasks are accomplished through three main areas of focus: initiating and planning, project execution, and project closing.

Initiating and Planning

Once an order is acknowledged by both parties, the following key tasks are completed to start the project:

  • Identify stakeholders and their requirements
  • Transfer ownership of the project from the operations group to the project management group
  • Review proposals, specifications, estimates, bid clarifications, and pre-award meetings to verify the scope; convey all deviations to all stakeholders
  • Create a work breakdown structure (WBS), verify proposal activity durations, and develop a baseline schedule
  • Prepare a procurement plan in accordance with the schedule
  • Prepare a deliverable plan in accordance with schedule (verify with the client designated departmental representative
  • Schedule an internal kickoff meeting with the TDE project team
  • Schedule an external kickoff meeting with the client (if required)

Project Execution

Once the scope is verified by both parties, the project team can begin to execute the work:

  • Execute the procurement plan (start with long-lead items)—includes expediting as required
  • Execute the deliverable plan (as per client designated departmental representative)
  • Generate approval process flow diagrams, heat and material balance, and piping and instrumentation diagrams (these form the design basis upon which the project scope is defined)
  • Perform integrated change control as required (verify scope, submit change order for approval, update project scope as required), including cost and delivery scope
  • Perform model review (0%, 30%, 60%, 90%)—involve client as required
  • Perform cost and schedule tracking (refer to performance index, CPI/SPI) to ensure budget and schedule are maintained; evaluate bi-weekly
  • Perform final review prior to shipping after reassembly, sandblasting, painting, insulation, electrical sign-off, and shipping preparation are completed (all disciplines)

Project Closing

Once all client requirements have been met as per the scope of supply, the project is closed. The following key tasks are involved:

  • Complete final manuals including QA/QC data compilation
  • Ensure all deliverables are approved by client
  • Ensure all stakeholder (client) expectations are met
  • Perform project closeout and assess lessons learned

This detailed project management process takes a project from award to completion, completing the project life cycle.