08 July 2015 | 7:00
Sandra Misic

IPMA will launch a Megaprojects Special Interest Group in September

Megaprojects are extremely large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than 1 billion USD. Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity, both in technical and organisational terms. Globally, 20% of the total global gross domestic product (GDP) is invested in capital projects/megaprojects. Their purpose is to make the “mega” change important not only for the client and contractors, but also for the community itself. The importance of megaprojects originates from the fact that the society largely invests in available future resources, so megaprojects create and determine our future.

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IPMA recognizes the importance of megaprojects in delivering the needs of the society and the complex challenges that they present in project delivery. Our Member Associations (MAs) develop individual and organisational project management competences in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with the industry, government agencies, universities, NGO’s as well as service providers. Many of the MAs have a Special Interest Group (SIG). Activities of the SIGs are typically performed on a national basis, networking happens only among personal or corporate members of a specific country. However, more and more experts act cross-country and therefore are interested in an international Exchange.

The growing demand for international exchange regarding megaprojects caused IPMA to launch a Megaprojects SIG and invite all interested parties to Croatia for an exclusive event. The launch will happen September 4 and 5 in Primošten, Croatia. In parallel, the 12th OTMC conference on construction PM will take place (separate registration needed www.otmc2015.com ).  High calibre speakers have been selected to provide insights into challenges, best practices and future trends regarding the management of megaprojects. We are expecting to welcome speakers from various perspectives of megaprojects management, including but not limited to Reinhard Wagner (IPMA), Harry Dimitrou (OMEGA), Aldo Gebbia (SAIPEM), Simon Henley (ICCPM), Marcel Hertogh (TU Delft /NETLIPSE), Giorgio Locatelli (University of Leeds – School of Civil engineering), Hugo Priemus (TU DELFT) and John Pelton (CROSSRAIL).

This event aims at bringing together individuals, groups and networks working with megaprojects for an interactive exchange of experiences, activities and know-how, gathered on a national and international level with interest in forming an IPMA Megaprojects SIG.

The key objective is to create a platform for future joint actions regarding the development of state-of-the-art management practices for megaprojects.

Join in and enjoy the event as well as the beautiful and relaxing Croatian coast  

( http://ipma.ch/events/1st-ipma-megaprojects-special-interest-group-sig/ ).

 

Written by
Sandra Misic

Sandra currently works as Assistant to the IPMA President and Executive Director. Since joining IPMA in 2012, Sandra worked in FMCG sector for Procter&Gamble. She holds Master in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. After graduation she continued at the same University the doctoral programme in Business Economics. Her particular research interest is behavioral economics.

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