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In recent years, the Engineering Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has implemented several initiatives designed to improve the delivery process for construction projects. An Integrated Project Control System (IPCS) was developed that centralized previously separate schedule, budget and cost information databases, enabling summary reporting across the organization. Within each Engineering Program Group, project control specialists (PCS) manage schedules and cost reports for project managers. Standard status reports are supplemented by graphical reports that present easily understood project delivery metrics. Performance measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) in order to be effective, and the Engineering Department's project reports reflect management's intent as well as provide a methodology for teams to monitor project progress. The Port Authority's intranet Web site has been developed into a project information center and knowledge managem
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