Project Management News from Australia and the World February 4th 2020

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Here at Your Project Manager we consider it our job to keep on top of all that is project management not just here in Queensland and Australia, but also worldwide. Just like others across all walks of life, we have our favourite online project management resources which help us to keep abreast of all the latest news, views, and advances in our sphere of expertise.

In the same way that you and your business use market knowledge to keep ahead of your competition, so it helps us to maintain the leading position of project management advice and on-site training.

Here are just a few of the things that we’ve found of most interest over the last few days and that we feel might be of interest to you, too:


·        Siemens Stands by Controversial Australian Coal Project

Siemens AG said it intends to honor a controversial contract to supply signaling systems to an Australian coal mine, defying the demands of activists and triggering more protests across Germany on Monday

·        BHP South Flank Project in Australia Commences Ore Handling Plant Construction

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that it has achieved a significant milestone on BHP’s US$3.6 billion South Flank iron ore project, erecting the first 1,500 tons of modules in the ore handling plant. This construction milestone is in the critical sequence to first ore and comes following achievement of 50 percent project completion, announced by BHP in October 2019.

·        Arafura Resources awards integrated project management team contract for Nolans NdPr Project

Arafura Resources Limited (ASX:ARU) has passed another milestone in development of the Nolans NdPr Project in the Northern Territory by awarding the integrated project management team (IPMT) contract to KBR.


·        $80bn future submarine program runs aground, again

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a scathing review into the nation’s largest defence program – the $80 billion Attack Class submarine program – revealing myriad challenges to delivering the program, with serious concerns about the viability of the contract and Australia’s future submarine capability.

·        Jacobs Alliance to Deliver Services for Major Australian Rail Infrastructure Project

Jacobs (NYSE:J), as part of the Unity Alliance, has been selected by the Queensland Government to deliver the rail, integration and systems work package for the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, Australia.

·        Project management is not an optional extra for legal firms

An explosion in the scope and complexity of assignments makes additional expertise vital, says Rachel Wood. As legal projects, compliance programmes and strategic transactions become ever more complex and multinational in scope, a new breed of professional legal project manager is emerging to help manage the time, quality and cost paradigm.

·        Insights from a renewable energy powerhouse: exploring India’s smart and integrated power grid transformation

India’s microgrid market is rapidly emerging, driven by multiple factors, including chronically unreliable main utility grids and ambitious government programs to adopt renewable energy and improve energy access – particularly for rural Indians. According to a country-by-country assessment of readiness for renewable energy investment, India ranks second in the list of over 100 countries.

·        Australians grab another northwestern Ontario gold project

Auteco Minerals of Perth has inked an agreement for a joint venture with Vancouver’s First Mining Gold on its Pickle Crow gold project, east of the community of Pickle Lake.

·        Can tech address Australia’s building waste management crisis?

A new online survey launched by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) aims to find solutions to this waste management problem in the country by seeking the views of people at the frontline of waste and resource recovery on how best technology can tackle the challenge of the growing rubbish mountains.

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