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Engineering Management Journal

Issue 4 • Date Aug. 2000

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  • Tomatoes are red, engineers are pink, world-class are you? [future engineers, benchmark]

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 165 - 169
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    A truly world class benchmark for tomorrow's engineers will include qualities of leadership, entrepreneurism and technical foresight. The author believes that the Engineering Council's standards and routes to registration (SARTOR '97) is a fresh step towards a new crop of engineering professionals with designer characteristics for management. The author discusses the for and against of the management characteristics development. The author then discusses engineering management in relation to chartered engineers, and the requirements to become world class engineers. View full abstract»

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  • Preventing project cost escalation

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 174 - 181
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    Project costs often increase beyond their original estimates. This is considered inevitable and all too readily accepted as the norm. However, by following a few considered steps there are methods available to reduce cost escalation and increase profit. The first step is developing the project budget and increasing its accuracy. Allowance should be made for project risks. The effective use of contingency in this respect is discussed. An example project is discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Get on the net [Internet]

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 182 - 187
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    The Internet is used in engineering across the board and at all levels, from migrating current product catalogues online to business-to-business e-commerce. Not only does the Internet have benefits; it is becoming the norm in business. If you are not doing it, your competitors probably are. Most companies begin developing websites by starting small, proving value, and evolving step-by-step to become more and more complex. This article illustrates the implementation of an Internet strategy for a hypothetical electrical engineering company through this stepwise integration and examines the development outcomes. View full abstract»

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  • Planning a 42-hour railway [London Underground, Millennium services]

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 188 - 193
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    Set up in April 1999 to formulate contingency arrangements for potential millennium bug failures the role of the Millennium Event Contingency Arrangements (MECA) project team was expanded to cover the strategic management of 42 hours of continuous service to support the celebrations planned for London. Discussions had been taking place for some time with the London event organisers. The river event was predicted to attract up to 5 million people of whom 25 million were expected to be in central London at midnight. Predicted passenger numbers were well in excess of normal peak requirements and transport services were required to operate continuously throughout the night. MECA project scope was to: determine the level of service required; co-ordinate with the event organisers, government, other transport providers and the emergency services; determine risks and network-wide contingency plans; co-ordinate and test contingency arrangements; and develop and test and set up command and control arrangements. Planning for the largest ever operation in London Underground's history required strategic thinking and months of planning. Staff had to be vigorously trained to deal with any eventuality and the overcrowding that could result. The author discusses the processes involved in planning for the transport services required. View full abstract»

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  • Engineering design, the fount of quality

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 194 - 196
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    Over several decades the focus of statistical quality control has moved progressively from the customer interface, back through production, to research and product development. Statistical methods can be carried right back to the head-waters of engineering design with supremely attractive downstream benefits. The author describes the benefits of variance synthesis. View full abstract»

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  • Technology driven or market led, the new product development trap

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 197 - 204
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    Too many products fail because they are either product or market driven, therefore a holistic view must be taken. Engineers can do this by developing marketing skills to complement their design capabilities. Classical models can be adapted to provide effective frameworks for the integration of technology and marketing. Analysis of both product and market attributes leads to the successful management of new product development. View full abstract»

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  • Doing it differently - systems for rethinking construction [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 206
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  • Bonds and guarantees

    Publication Year: 2000 , Page(s): 170
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Engineering Management magazine covers management methods, techniques and processes relevant to engineers, incorporating project management, marketing, finance, law, quality and responsibilities of the engineer in society.

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Dickon Ross
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