The cleanup act

Exceptional project outcomes are only realized through extraordinary commitment and performance. This article profiles the effort to clean the United States Government's Fernald Freed Materials Production Center, a facility built during the Cold War--and in operation until 1989--to manufacture high-grade uranium metal products, a facility that Fluor Corporation (Dallas, TX, USA)--under contract to the United States Department of Energy (DoE)--successfully cleaned and delivered 12 years early and US$7.8 billion below budget. In doing so, it describes the factors that enabled Fluor to surpass their initial project goals in realizing this project, which PMI has named as its 2007 Project of the Year. It overviews the clean-up effort's scope and the challenges; it describes the project management techniques which the team used to meet their responsibilities and complete this project, techniques which included building an integrated site-wide plan to manage the project's more than 17,000 activities as a single pro
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