Managing complex nuclear projects: Dyan Foss

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Dyan presented a very thought-provoking “Listening, Learning, Leading” session at the APM 2014 National Conference for Women in Project Management. Dyan Foss, Global Managing Director Nuclear Sector at CH2M Hill, has a background of more than 23 years of program management experience in nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup across the USA and UK (Dounreay), which is something most of us would definitely not normally get to hear about.

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  • 1. Managing Complex Nuclear Projects Dyan Foss 25 September 2014 2014 National Conference & 21st Anniversary Women in Project Management Copyright [insert date set by system] by [CH2M HILL Entity] Company Confidential
  • 2. A geologist? We find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end. (James Hutton, 1785) Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 3. Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 4. CH2M HILL Nearly 22,000 active projects Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 5. Extraordinary Projects Around the World London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Mumbais Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Modernization Program U.S. Forces Korea Base Relocation in South Korea London Crossrail Expansion Project Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas EPC Project in Austraila Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation Nuclear New Build Dounreay Nuclear Closure Project in Scotland Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 6. Nuclear Sector Capabilities and Expertise 20+ years experience in nuclear industry Nearly 2,600 employees and 285 nuclear engineers Strong safety culture Program management More than a decade of international nuclear experience including work in Canada, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Asia Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 7. CH2M HILL Demographics Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential CH2M HILL global female representation increased in 2014 better than 25% representation in the engineering field YTD 2014, an increased percentage of new hires / adds were women
  • 8. Rocky Flats Closure Project In 2005, CH2M HILL completed the largest, safest, and most cost-effective nuclear decommissioning program in the world at Rocky Flats within strict safety and environmental parameters 14 months in advance of our own aggressive schedule and for $550 million less than the final contact budget. Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 9. Introducing Innovative Demolition Methods Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 10. Rocky Flats Closure Project - 2005 Project Management Institute International Project of the Year 2006 Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 11. Hanford Plateau Remediation CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company is working toward the 2015 goal of shrinking the active cleanup area to less than 75 square miles (from the original 586) including: Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 12. Hanford Plateau Remediation Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 13. Hanford Plateau Remediation Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 14. Dounreay Decommissioning Programme CH2M HILL is managing and operating the sites decommissioning, waste management and fuel disposition strategies, environmental remediation, and site infrastructure operations. Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential Page 14
  • 15. January 2025 Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential 1.6B
  • 16. Lessons in Project Management Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential Stakeholder Engagement is key Engagement through stakeholder working groups Cleanup approach aligned to future land use, agreed upon by regulatory agencies and endorsed by stakeholders Partnering approach engage regulators early and often in the decision-making process Employee and trade union communications Supply chain integration meetings 16
  • 17. Lessons in Project Management Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential Project Management Projectized approach Standard processes and procedures Certified Earned Value Management System and risk management approaches Monthly project reviews to share lessons learned Common scorecard for key metrics Safety EVMS Risk 17
  • 18. Lessons in Project Management Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential Resource Management Resource management plan and succession planning Training and qualification program tailored to unique scope and hazards with shared approaches and lessons learned Rewards and recognition program integrates and rewards productivity through safety Positive trade union relations with union safety representatives embedded in projects 18
  • 19. Lessons in Project Management Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential Innovations & Lessons Learned Listen, Learn, Lead: Shared project-wide and to broader DOE-EM and UK arena Improving safety and efficiency while reducing costs and accelerating schedules Worker involvement brings out the best solutions Worker-driven efficiencies are delivering cost savings 19
  • 20. Lessons in Project Management Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential 20 Customer Collaboration Frequent customer interface Partnering to establish alignment on vision, mission, and goals Portfolio-wide scorecard shared with customer on quarterly basis Involvement in DOE Complex-wide working groups Contract management Waste programmes Decommissioning
  • 21. Questions Copyright by CH2M HILL Company Confidential
  • 22. This presentation was delivered at an APM event To find out more about upcoming events please visit our website www.apm.org.uk/events