On 22nd January, the ECITB hosted the 28th Active Cup Project Management Competition. The prestigious competition is managed in collaboration with Cranfield University’s world-renowned School of Management. Now in its 20th year, this hugely popular inter-company competition is part of a wider industry programme of project management training within the engineering construction industry.
Competition was intense at the January event, and nine teams representing clients, operators, EDP contractors and supply chain companies, plus an all-female team from the ECITB took part.
The competition was won by the team from the London office of the Global EPC contractor, CB & I.
Nine teams from across the industry participated in the computer simulated Environmental Defence project. It was a closely fought competition between winners CB & I and Fluor who came second with the Gold Award. Saipem took the final rostrum place claiming the Silver Award. The ECITB team were delighted to receive the Most Improved Team Award.
Andy Brown, director of operations at the ECITB presented the winning team with the highly prized ACTIVE Cup trophy. Speaking about the competition, he said:
“The ACTIVE Cup gives engineers and project support staff, an ideal opportunity to experience, first-hand, the stresses, strains and variability of project delivery, delivered in a simulated, learning environment. The winners, CB & I, demonstrated excellent resource, budget and time management skills and showed effective controls as expressed in the ACTIVE Principles and associated value enhancing practices, they were worthy winners. All of the teams and participants immersed themselves in the project, and everyone took something positive away with them from the weekend. “
Over the course of the three day event, the teams receive tutorials before being asked to demonstrate an understanding of project management and leadership techniques throughout the cycle of project. This requires showing an understanding of the relationship between costs, schedules and cash flow, project risk management, commercial awareness and personal organisation and behaviour. The winning team is judged to be the one delivering a result most accurate to their proposal in terms of profit and duration and, in the judgement of the adjudicators, pays most heed to and operates in accordance with the ACTIVE principles.
Phil Jefferies, ECITB regional account manager for the EDP and South East & East Region, who led the initiative with his team and Cranfield colleagues said:
“This latest competition has been absolutely fantastic. As usual we had an overwhelming response from companies and the quality of the work of the teams during the three-day event has been great. A big thank you to the teams who were involved, to the industry for supporting and to my team and Cranfield for all their hard work in organising the event.”
In addition to being a great example of collaboration between the ECITB and Cranfield Management School, one of the main takeaways from the weekend was how much everyone learnt; about the tools and practise of project management, team working and the importance of communication within complex projects. Feedback from participants was that it was stimulating and challenging team event.
At least £250 billion is expected to be invested in new projects over the next decade. The ECITB is committed to ensuring project management skills are delivered to secure a workforce to deliver essential infrastructure projects across all engineering construction sectors. The competition is a valuable and fun way in which ACTIVE project management skills can be instilled and adopted. The next Project Management Cup will be held at Cranfield in June 2016.
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