42nd Annual ECC Conference: Future Leaders Hold “Extreme Engineering” Discussion Forum

By: Taylor Buzan

The 42nd Annual Engineering and Construction Contracting (ECC) Association Conference was hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes, in Florida, from September 1 to 4, 2010. This year’s conference theme was “Business as Unusual: Gaining Advantage in a Dynamic Project Landscape.”

From left to right: Taylor Buzan, Interface Consulting; Kent Stingl, Shell Brasil Ltda.; Peter Shipley, CH2M Hill1 to 4, 2010. This year’s conference theme was “Business as Unusual: Gaining Advantage in a Dynamic Project Landscape.”

As a participating Future Leader, I was offered the opportunity to take an active role in planning and participating in portions of the conference. I was a part of the group responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the discussion forum, “Extreme Engineering: By Land & By Sea.” Our forum offered an exclusive look into two mega projects through the eyes of each respective project manager.

Kent Stingl of Shell Brasil Ltda., was the project manager of BC–10, an ultra deepwater heavy oil development off the coast of Brazil. Mr. Stingl offered great insight on the challenges of managing a global project that was delivered on time and under budget with safety as the primary driver. He also presented photos and a video displaying some of the technological advances implemented into BC–10.

Peter Shipley, senior vice president of CH2M Hill, presented on the construction of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues. Mr. Shipley offered an in-depth perspective on CH2M Hill’s innovative approach to mitigating the ongoing safety, budget, and schedule risks involved with this mega project, as well as how “just-in-time” engineering deliverables are being utilized in construction.

After Mr. Stingl’s and Mr. Shipley’s presentations, I was responsible for leading the question and answer session for both of these fascinating projects from an audience of over 50 individuals. After the presenters fielded many interesting questions, I closed our discussion with a summary of the take-home lessons from these two mega projects and how these lessons can be applied to better navigate the changing landscape of the engineering and contracting industry.

The ECC and Future Leaders were grateful for Mr. Stingl’s and Mr. Shipley’s contributions to the conference.

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