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                                                                                                                   international projects management                                                           issue # 3, september 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the last se-
                                                                                                           amadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year, the holy month of fasting ordained by
                                                                                                           the Koran for all adult Muslims of the Islamic faith. According to the Koran, the fast       ven months our
                                                                                                           of Ramadan has been instituted so that believers “may cultivate piety”; this particular      company is still

                         Focusing on Your Highest Priorities
                                                                                                           month was designated because it was the month during which Muhammad received                 affected by the
                                                                                                           the first of the Koran’s revelations. “Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down
                                                                                                                                                                                                        business crisis,
                                                                                              the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right
                                                                                              and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it            but despite of
                                                                                              in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days     this,we managed
                         The Art of Choosing the Right                                        later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to
                                                                                              complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye
                                                                                                                                                                                                        not to only sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        vive but to also
                                                                                              shall be grateful.” - Al-Baqara 2:185
                                                                                                                                                                                                        win new projects. in this regard, i
                                                                                              The fast during Ramadan begins each day at dawn, when the “white thread becomes distinct from
                         Progressive Business Thinking                                        the black thread,” and ends immediately at sunset. during the fast Muslim are forbidden to eat
                                                                                              drink, or smoke. Before retirement each night, special congregational prayers are offered in which
                                                                                                                                                                                                        would like to extend my apprecia-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion to all employees for all of your
                                                                                              long passages of the Koran are recited. The night between the 26th and 27th days of Ramadan, on           efforts and i hope that you will con-
                                                                                              which the first revelation occurred, is called the Night of Determination, during which, according
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tinue to do so, with our joint effort we
                         Your Success is our Business                                         to the Koran, God determines the course of the world for the following year. The day after the end
                                                                                              of Ramadan is called the Fast-Breaking and is celebrated with special prayers and festivities.            will reach our company’s goal for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        benefit of us all. And, i would like to
                                                                                              Islamic Calendar
                                                                                                                                                                                                        take this opportunity to welcome our
                                                                                              The Islamic calendar is a lunar one used in most Muslim countries. It is reckoned from A.D. 622,
                         It is more than just PIONEER                                         the day after the Hegira, or flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina. The Islamic year consists
                                                                                              of 12 lunar months. Thirty years constitute a cycle in which the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 16th,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        newly hired employees for this quar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ter . i hope you will work hard and
                                                                                              18th, 21st, 24th, 26th, and 29th years are leap years of 355 days; the others are common years of         looking forward to your contributions
                     Send us your vote for our Company Slogan to this E-mail                  354 days. The Islamic date corresponding to a date in the Gregorian calendar can be computed
                                                                                                                                                                                                        to the company.
                                                                                              by the following rule, with a maximum error of one day: multiply 970,224 by the Islamic year,
         and CC to                        divide by 6 decimal places, and add 621.5774. The figure to the left of the decimal point is the
                                                                                              year A.D., and the decimal fraction multiplied by 365 is the day of the year.                             FROM THE MD’S DESK
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     Keep Up-To-Date with                            International Article                                                                                                                                                           80

            delays                               seven Deadly sins of scheduling                                                                                                                                                     70
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Delays have been reported as the most                                                                                                                         Number of Employees
                                                 Something I’ve taken for granted is a project manager’s ability to create and maintain a                                                                                            50
common and costly problem encountered            project schedule. The reality is that most “accidental” project managers spend at least as          30                                                                                     Dec 09 Jan 10 Feb 10 Mar 10 Apr 10 May 10 Jun 10 Jul 10 Aug 10 Sept 10

on construction projects (Const Mgmt and         much time struggling with their schedules as they do getting real value out of them.                                                                                                  Number of Projects in Each Month
Economics 1996). In normal economic              No project scheduling tool is inherently bad, but there are a few cardinal sins that will                                                                                                    Dec 2009                                          0
conditions, contractors are compensated          reduce the value you achieve by using these indispensable aids.
                                                             1. Use a scheduling tool to help you define the scope for your project. Most
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for delay caused by others through a time        scheduling tools are good for entry of tasks with durations and dependencies but are                                                                                                         Feb 2010                                          2
extension.                                       lousy as brainstorming or iterative definition aids. Spend the time to create a Work Break-                                                                                                  Mar 2010                                          9
However, in today’s market, it is increasingly   down Structure (WBS). Then using traditional Post-It notes or a similar visual approach,            20                                                                                       Apr 2010                                          3

difficult to obtain such an extension. The       sequence the activities that will deliver the scope of your project. Once you’ve got the                                                                                                                                                       5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              May 2010
                                                 skeleton ready, you are ready to transition this information to a scheduling tool. Other-
most recent Middle Eastern academic              wise, get ready for spaghetti-like dependencies that are impossible to trace…
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                                                                                                                                                            Dec 09 Jan 10 Feb 10 Mar 10 Apr 10 May 10 Jun 10 Jul 10 Aug 10 Sept 10
research (Eng, Const & Architectural Mgmt                    2. Use scheduling constraints excessively. Too often, I’ve reviewed project                                                                                                       Jul 2010                                         1

Vol 16, No. 1, 2009) listed reasons where        schedules that are saturated with constraints – these have been used as a cheap way
                                                                                                                                                    A b o ve i s t h e flo w c h a r t fo r t h e n u m b e r o f
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failure to provide adequate evaluations          of getting tasks to start and end on specific dates. While this may help to get a quick &                                                                                                    Sep 2010                                          1
                                                 dirty view of a project’s time-line, it effectively neuters a critical path methodology-based      e m p l oye e i n p i p m . we c u r r e n t l y h a ve 2 7
led to delay claims as: lack of awareness        scheduling engine and eliminates the ability to optimize schedules through appropriate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oct 2010                                     On-going
                                                                                                                                                    e m p l oye e s w h i c h i s h i g h e r c o m p a r e d l a s t                         Nov 2010                                     On-going
by site staff to detect a delay; insufficient    use of slack. Constraints should be used to capture “real world” situations only (e.g. we
                                                                                                                                                    ye a r.                                                                                   Dec 2010                                     On-going
skilled personnel for detecting a claim;         can’t start this task until the next Saturday as that happens to be the first available main-
                                                 tenance window).
and inadequate contract knowledge by site
                                                                                                                                                                            site office news by engineers
                                                             3. Use automated resource leveling and effort-driven tasks. Automated re-
staff.                                           source leveling is a great concept but is poorly used – unless you are 100% certain about
This research is particularly concerning         the relative priority of individual tasks (most organizations can’t even figure out the rela-
for MEP contractors because most general         tive priority of their individual projects!), this feature can effectively shred your schedule.        presidential palace project              and gantries all over Abu Dhabi. Cur-              Court House and Detainees bldg
                                                 Effort-driven tasks work well for projects where there is a true linear relationship between                                                    rently, we are now on Airport route
contractors and developers are unfamiliar        resource allocation and task duration – however, on most knowledge-based projects,                 Currently the project planning team          phase. plus will be used by the gov-             this construction is located in Abu
with the technical nuances of MEP work.          Brooks’ Law and the old cliché about nine women being unable to have a baby in one                 is on the state of making the baseline       ernment for camera (CCtV) installa-              Dhabi, i am responsible in preparing
It is often extremely difficult to convince      month come into play.                                                                              schedule. the target date submis-            tions while gantries will be used for            the weekly and monthly report and in
                                                             4. Capture too many (or too few) tasks. Remember that a schedule is just a             sion of the program to the client is on      license plate recognition purposes.              updating the program of works & log
general contractors of entitlement to                                                                                                               sept. 26, 2010. As of to date (sept.         by eng. malvin Cu                                sheets. Detainee’s building is already
                                                 model of what you expect to happen that serves the dual purpose of being a forecasting
an EOT. To this end, MEP contractors             and tracking tool as well as a communication medium to team members and project                    21, 2010), the planning team have                                                             on its finishing state and the court
must support their prime contractor by           stakeholders. There is equally as much pain of having a schedule that is at too high a             completed 75% of the overall base-               Arjaan rotana-Capital Center                 house building is on its preliminary
                                                                                                                                                    line schedule. the remaining tasks to                                                         stage.
providing clear claims which demonstrate         level of detail (it is too easy to lose track of schedule progress) as there is of attempting to
                                                                                                                                                    do are final consolidation of fragment       the project contract period is 808               by eng. saad Albateeh
entitlement.                                     define and track every minuscule activity that occurs on the project (you’ll spend all your        programs, loading of resources, iden-        days and there will be defects liability
                                                 time maintaining the schedule).                                                                                                                                                                               bloom Gardens Villas
The conclusion of the research, particularly                 5. The schedule is out of date the moment it is updated, so why bother updat-
                                                                                                                                                    tify interfaces and establish external       period of 365 days. the commence-
                                                                                                                                                    links and finally float control. After-      ment date was last April 4, 2010, and
in light of the squeeze on developer’s profit    ing it? Of course, this is a relative state, and yet many PMs seem to feel that keeping a          wards draft program will be printed          the expected completion date will be             the planned percentage is complet-
margins created by the global financial          schedule current is a waste of time. Unfortunately, this reduces the value of a schedule to        for management review. if there are          on June 20, 2012. the building has               ed to 25 % versus to actual percent
crisis, is clear: protect your interests by      purely being a task list.                                                                          many comments or correction by the           a total built up area of 58889 m2. As            of completion is equal to 12%. in ad-
                                                             6. Outline levels and milestones are great! Outline levels and milestones are          management the program will be re-           of the moment, one of the concrete               dition to that the project now is on
having personnel specially trained in delay      a good way to present schedule information in a fashion that will satisfy multiple levels          vised accordingly. once more a final         pouring for raft slab was completed              100 days delay. so the recovery pro-
identification and contract interpretation       of detail for status reporting. Having said that, too much of a good thing is also not a           print of the program will be done for        and the other two are still on going.            gram has been submitted and to be
                                                 great idea – just because your scheduling tool supports hundreds of outline levels or              final review of the management and           lift pit walls, slab and internal walls          followed by all parties. moreover 80
available to you.                                                                                                                                   then submit consequently to the cli-         pouring for zone 1 and zone 2 was                percent of super-structure works has
                                                 milestones per schedule does not mean you have to push the boundaries of these limits!
Early identification and prevention is the                                                                                                          ent.                                         also done. rebar, shuttering, pouring            been completed. while block works
                                                             7. We can’t start over… The worst sin of scheduling is to work with a schedule
key to avoiding unnecessary costs. The           that has reached such a level of chaos that no one derives any value from its continued
                                                                                                                                                    by eng. Jerico Alcaraz                       of columns (raft to b3), back filling,           has 8 percent completion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 blinding and waterproofing under the             by eng. shady mansour
survival of many contractors will depend         existence. Many project teams take that undesirable journey to Abilene without someone                     Falcon eyed project                  raft for zone 2 and 3 are going.
upon the timing and total costs associated       stepping back and saying “let’s start over” – not only can that reduce administrative effort                                                    by eng. Abdel rahman Alhaj
                                                 but it can create the perception of a clean slate for the project team. To quote Kenny Rog-
with their present contracts.                    ers, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em…”
                                                                                                                                                    this project involves erection of poles

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                                                           Work is life, you know, and without it, there’s
                                                                 nothing but fear and insecurity.                                                                                            2010
                                                             No bees, no honey; no work, no money.
                                                                                                             empLoyee DetaiLs
      pioneer’s Latest eVent                               Hard work brings prosperity; playing around
                                                                                                                                                                                             Employee             Position
                                                                         brings poverty.                     We have 4 new employees for this quarter. First is Saad Al-
                                                                                                                                                                                          Raaed TARTOURI     Managing Director
pipm successfully completed the Arbitration                                                                  bateeh, he is a Planning Engineer from Egypt who is quali-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contract & Claims
Course, it is one of the major event held by the            Remember that you are needed. There is at                                                                                     Ahmed EL SAYED
                                                                                                             fied in handling some major projects. Second is Ali Kazma,
company with good speakers and well known as               least one important work to be done that will
                                                                   not be done unless you do it.             the new Business Development Manager from Lebanon who                          Hany SALEH        Planning Engineer
Arbitrator from egypt. All par ticipants enjoyed this
moment and they have lear ned a lot from it. they                                                            is responsible in Business Marketing. Third is Jerico Alcaraz                Moh’d ABN ELLA      Planning Engineer
have tackled many subjects where in they were              Work eight hours and sleep eight hours and        whos is also a Planning Engineer from Philippines and he
able to exchange their own ideas. the company              make sure that they are not the same hours.                                                                                    Joseph DE CASTRO    Planning Engineer

are planning to have a second event like this.                                                               has a good background & knowledge in Engineer. And last-
                                                            The secret of life is not to do what you like,                                                                                Saed SHAMMOUT       Planning Engineer
Here are some pictures from the event.                               but to like what you do.                ly, Nour Jumah Al Haj from Jordan, he is Sales Executive in
                                                                                                             one of our sister company (Pioneer Office Furniture).                           Malvin CU        Planning Engineer

                                                                                                                                                                                           Abdel Rahman
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Planninge Engineer
                                                                                                             Our New Employee                                                                 ALHAJ

                                                                                                                                                                                            Basil KHALAF      Planning Engineer

                                                                                                                           Name: Saad ALBATEEH
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ahmed HUSSEIN        Project Engineer
                                                                                                                           Employee No.: P0063
                                                                                                                           Company: Pioneer Int’l Projects Management
                                                                                                                                                                                          Saaed ALBATEEH      Planning Engineer
                                                                                                                           Position: Planning Engineer
                                                                                                                                                                                           Jerico ALCARAZ     Planning Engineer

                                                                                                                                                                                           Hamzah AWAD         Office Manager
                                                                                                                           Name: Ali KAZMA
                                                                                                                           Employee No.: P0064                                                                Business Develop-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Ali KAZMA
                                                                                                                           Company: Pioneer Int’l Projects Management                                          ment Manager
                                                                                                                           Position: Business Development Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                            Shiela DIANO          Secretary

                                                                                                                                                                                            Cliff FRANCO         IT Manager

                                                                                                                          Name: Jerico ALCARAZ                                            Amorlina MONTE-
                                                                                                                          Employee No.: P0065                                                   BON
                                                                                                                          Company: Pioneer Int’l Project Management
                                                                                                                                                                                           Diana MACURO       Accounting Asst.
                                                                                                                          Position: Planning Engineer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              General Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                           Yousef SHANAK
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sales Executive
                                                                                                                          Name: Nour JUMAH                                                  Nour JUMAH
                                                                                                                          Employee No.: P0066
                                                                                                                          Company: Pioneer Office Furniture                               Sylvia LLARENAS        Office Girl
                                                                                                                          Position: Sales Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ameen SHAHEEN       Company Driver

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                General Issues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       wo      month

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ago our office

                project statUs                                                                                                                                                                                         updated the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              network connection
                                                                                                                                                                                                              from wireless local area
 C o d e                                                   D e t a i l s
                                                                                                                                                                                                              network to wired local area network.
      J-006        C e n t i r u i m To w e r s                                                                                                                                                               Until now they are working properly
      J-011        E TA S t a r To w e r s                                                                                                                                                                    without losing any connection. Actually
      J-038        A l Wa h d a C i t y 1                                                                                                                                                                     we are not fully out any of wireless
                                                                                                                                                                                                              access point instead we are still using
      J-046        Um Al-Quwain General Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                                              that for laptop connection. For future,
      J-048        H.E. Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi villa
                                                                                                                                                                                                              we have a plan to apply for Fiber Optic
      J-053        Sony Inc. At Jabal Ali                                                                                                                                                                     connection for a better access than
      J-056        A l Wa h d a C i t y , A U H                                                                                                                                                               using the UTP cable wire with limited
      J-057        Danet AUH district cooling works

      J-059        New Court & Detainees Bldg


                   Ghantoot Projects

                   F e r r a r i e x p e r i e n c e d , F i n i s h e s P a c k a g e , Ya s I s l a n d
      J-063        B o u n d a r y w a l l o f G r a n d M o s q u e , A U H - Ta w a m
                                                                                                                                  Last     December       2009,      things to do before we were       the standardization of the
                                                                                                                                  Pioneer International Project      able to achieve this. The         company.
      J-064        Bloom Gardens Project
                                                                                                                                  Management was approved            requirements from last ISO
      J-068        Ty p i c a l K i n d e r g a r t e n A t A L Q u o a ’ a i n A l A l i n                                       by the ISO (International          Certificate was only Human
      J-069        Projects of Galaxy
                                                                                                                                  Standard       Organization)       Resources and Administration
                                                                                                                                  9001:2008 about Quality            procedures while          the
      J-070        Mace Infrastructure Project
                                                                                                                                  Management standard. In            present certificate required
      J-071        Projects for Al Baqr                                                                                           this kind of Industry we are       in addition to the above
      J-072        Marina Square, Al Reem Island                                                                                  the first company who was          mentioned the Information
                                                                                                                                  qualified by that standard in      Technology procedures. We
      J-073        Buildings At Marsa, Dubai
                                                                                                                                  middle east country. There         made cleared and qualified
      J-074        E TA C e n t e r i u m To w e r, D u b a i                                                                     was a lot of preparation and       of our quality policy to rich
      J-075        ADNEC Project in AUH

      J-076        Fitout works – Sowwah Square Project

      J-077        Shop and Apartement in Gayathi
                                                                                                                                                                            software & it

      J-078        Bloom Gardens Project –Emirates Link                                                                                                                             ioneer international project management has upgraded the domain
      J-079        ADNEC Project –UNEC
                                                                                                                                                                                    hosting and e-mail hosting from local Domain Host to international
                                                                        New!!                                                                                                       Domain host. not only domain hosting, we also upgrade the design
      J-080        F i r e S t a t i o n a t A l M i n a - Ta w a m
                                                                                                                                                                            of our web site for more flashing and presentable design made by web
      J-081        P r o j e c t f o r S p h i n x G e n . Tr a d i n g – Ta w r e e d
                                                                                                                                                                            page designer from palestine. moreover we have updated our web site to
      J-082        Al Marjan Island 3 & 4 Projects – KAMCO
                                                                                                                                                                            enable Arab users to view all the information they need to know about our
      J-083        The Mangrove Palace Project-GTCC                                                                                                                         company. And now we can easily update the details because of high and
      J084         P o w e r s u p p l y & a s s o c i a t e d c a b l e s f o r A L R e e f V i l l a s New!!                                                              user friendly tools of Control panel.
      J-085        Al Marjan Island 3 & 4 Projects – KAMCO

      J-086        J e b e l A l i A i r p o r t D e v e l o p m e n t - K a m c o New!!

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