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The 'impossible' achieved by sound project management
This Case Study looks at one of the most impressive achievements of Fletcher Construction Ltd - the Auckland Sky Tower. It discusses the importance of sound project management in making a complex construction a reality.
As a result of carefully reading this Case Study, students should be able to:
- Define the term project manager
- Identify the skills required by a project manager
- Explain the role of a project manager
- Discuss the responsibilities of a project manager with reference to the Sky Tower construction
What is the first thing you picture when you think of Auckland?
In 1996, the first part of Sky City in Auckland opened with much excitement and media frenzy.
For such a vast construction job, a huge range of materials is required.
Project management is used for almost any type of project.
The project manager has some key responsibilities.
If the initial planning of a project is thorough, then many potential obstacles will already be identified. This allows alternative solutions to be found in advance.
Creating an icon as unique as the Sky Tower required the ability to respond to challenging situations. Many demands were made on the builders, architects and engineers.
The nature of the project
The role of the project manager
The PM's responsibilities