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Progress in Improving Project Management at the Department of Energy (Paperback): Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed... Progress in Improving Project Management at the Department of Energy (Paperback)
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee for Oversight and Assessment of U.S. Department of Energy Project Management, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
R932 Discovery Miles 9 320 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Department of Energy (DOE) is engaged in numerous multimillion- and even multibillion-dollar projects that are one of a kind or first of a kind and require cutting-edge technology. The projects represent the diverse nature of DOE's missions, which encompass energy systems, nuclear weapons stewardship, environmental restoration, and basic research. Few other government or private organizations are challenged by projects of a similar magnitude, diversity, and complexity. To complete these complex projects on schedule, on budget, and in scope, the DOE needs highly developed project management capabilities. This report is an assessment of the status of project management in the Department of Energy as of mid-2001 and the progress DOE has made in this area since the National Research Council (NRC) report Improving Project Management in the Department of Energy (Phase II report) was published in June 1999.

Blast Mitigation for Structures - 1999 Status Report on the DTRA/TSWG Program (Paperback): Board on Infrastructure and the... Blast Mitigation for Structures - 1999 Status Report on the DTRA/TSWG Program (Paperback)
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee for Oversight and Assessment of Blast-effects and Related Research, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems
R891 Discovery Miles 8 910 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Blast Mitigation for Structures Program (BMSP) is a research and development activity conducted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to improve the performance of buildings that are targets of terrorist attack. The primary goal of the BMSP is to reduce loss of life and injuries to the occupants of these buildings through the development of innovative techniques for new structures and retrofitting existing facilities. The committee's findings and recommendations are contained in this initial assessment report.

The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing - Year 2000 Progress Assessment of the Path Program (Paperback): Board on... The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing - Year 2000 Progress Assessment of the Path Program (Paperback)
Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee for Oversight and Assessment of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems
R888 Discovery Miles 8 880 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In response to HUD's request, the NRC assembled a panel of experts, the Committee for Oversight and Assessment of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, under the auspices of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Over an initial term of three years, the committee was asked to review and comment on the following aspects of the PATH program: overall goals; proposed approach to meeting the goals and the likelihood of achieving them; and measurements of progress toward achieving the goals.

Green Schools - Attributes for Health and Learning (Paperback, New): National Research Council, Division on Engineering and... Green Schools - Attributes for Health and Learning (Paperback, New)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee to Review and Assess the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools
R934 Discovery Miles 9 340 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Evidence has accumulated that shows that the quality of indoor environments can affect the health and productivity of adults and children. One consequence is that a movement has emerged to promote the design of schools that have fewer adverse environmental effects. To examine the potential of such design for improving education, several private organizations asked the NRC to review and assess the health and productivity benefits of green schools. This report provides an analysis of the complexity of making such a determination; and an assessment of the potential human health and performance benefits of improvements in the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustical quality. The report also presents an assessment of the overall building condition and student achievement, and offers an analysis of and recommendations for planning and maintaining green schools including research considerations.

Construction Research at NIOSH - Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health... Construction Research at NIOSH - Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Paperback)
Institute of Medicine, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee to Review the NIOSH Construction Research Program
R1,113 Discovery Miles 11 130 Out of stock

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducts construction-relevant research activities. From 1996 through 2005, the program focused on four research goals:
reducing traumatic injuries and fatalities; reducing exposure to health hazards; reducing major risks associated with musculoskeletal disorders; increasing the understanding of construction industry attributes and factors for improving health and safety outcomes.
In this book, the National Research Council evaluates the relevance and impact of the NIOSH Construction Research Program in terms of its research priorities and its connection to improvements in the protection of workers in the workplace. It also assesses the program' s identification and targeting of new research areas, to identify emerging research issues, and to provide advice on ways that the program might be strengthened. The book finds that the efforts of the Construction Research Program have made meaningful contributions to improving construction worker safety and health, and provides overreaching and specific recommendations for continuing progress. While NIOSH cannot set and enforce research-based standards on its own, the program can be expected to help reduce construction workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through its research, its research dissemination, and transfer into practice.

Intelligent Sustainment and Renewal of Department of Energy Facilities and Infrastructure (Paperback): National Research... Intelligent Sustainment and Renewal of Department of Energy Facilities and Infrastructure (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee on the Renewal of Department of Energy Infrastructure
R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Out of stock

The United States Department of Energy's (DOE) facilities stewardship is extremely important to the department's ability to achieve its mission of protecting national, energy, and economic security with advanced science and technology and ensuring environmental cleanup. Intelligent Sustainment and Renewal of Department of Energy Facilities and Infrastructure evaluates the steps the department is taking to improve its facilities and infrastructure management. This report develops best-practice techniques for DOE real property asset management and guidelines for deciding when to repair, renovate, or replace DOE buildings.

Evaluation of Future Strategic and Energy Efficient Options for the U.S. Capitol Power Plant (Paperback): National Research... Evaluation of Future Strategic and Energy Efficient Options for the U.S. Capitol Power Plant (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee on the Evaluation of Future Strategic and Energy Efficient Alternatives for the U.S Capitol Power Plant
R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Out of stock

The U.S. Capitol Complex in Washington, D.C., comprises some of the most historic and symbolic buildings in the nation. The steam and chilled water required to heat and cool these buildings and related equipment is generated and distributed by the Capitol Power Plant (CPP) district energy system. Portions of the CPP system are now 50 to 100 years old and require renewal so that reliable utility services can be provided to the U.S. Capitol Complex for the foreseeable future.
Evaluation of Future Strategic and Energy Efficient Options for the U.S. Capitol Power Plant provides comments on an interim set of publicly available consultant-generated options for the delivery of utility services to the U.S. Capitol Complex. The report provides recommendations to bring the interim options to completion, including suggestions for additional analyses, so that the CPP can be best positioned to meet the future strategic and energy efficiency requirements of the U.S. Capitol Complex.

Preventing Earthquake Disasters: The Grand Challenge in Earthquake Engineering - A Research Agenda for the Network for... Preventing Earthquake Disasters: The Grand Challenge in Earthquake Engineering - A Research Agenda for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) (Paperback, New)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee to Develop a Long-Term Research Agenda for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Out of stock

The Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is scheduled to become operational in 2004. These network sites will perform a range of experiments to test and validate complex computer models being developed to simulate the behavior of structures subjected to earthquakes. To assist in this effort, the NSF requested the National Research Council (NRC) to frame the major questions to be addressed by and to develop a long-term research agenda for NEES. "Preventing Earthquake Disasters presents an overview of the grand challenge, including six critical research problems making up that challenge. The report also provides an assessment of earthquake engineering research issues and the role of information technology in that research effort, and a research plan for NEES.

Review and Assessment of the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools - An Interim Report (Paperback): National... Review and Assessment of the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools - An Interim Report (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee to Review and Assess the Health and Productivity Benefits of Green Schools
R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Out of stock

Some educational professionals have suggested that so-called green schools would result in superior performance and increased health for students and teachers. While there is no commonly accepted definition of a green school, there are a number of attributes that such schools appear to have: low cost operations, security, healthy and comfortable, and an environment that enhances learning are among them. To determine the health and productivity benefits of green schools, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Barr and Kendall Foundations, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, and the U.S. Green Building Council asked the NRC to examine available studies about the effects of green schools on student learning and teacher productivity. This interim report presents an evaluation of evidence for relationships between various health, learning, and productivity outcomes and five characteristics of green schools: the building envelope, ventilation, lighting, acoustics, and condition. The final report will present evaluations for additional characteristics, a synthesis of the results of all assessments, and promising areas of research.

Investments in Federal Facilities - Asset Management Strategies for the 21st Century (Paperback): National Research Council,... Investments in Federal Facilities - Asset Management Strategies for the 21st Century (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee on Business Strategies for Public Capital Investment
R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Out of stock

Facilities now owned by the Federal Government are valued at over $300 billion. It also spends over $25 billion per year for acquisition, renovation, and upkeep. Despite the size of these sums, there is a growing litany of problems with federal facilities that continues to put a drain on the federal budget and compromise the effectiveness of federal services. To examine ways to address these problems, the sponsoring agencies of the Federal Facilities Council (FFC) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to develop guidelines for making improved decisions about investment in and renewal, maintenance, and replacement of federal facilities. This report provides the result of that assessment. It presents a review of both public and private practices used to support such decision making, and identifies appropriate objectives, practices, and performance measures. The report presents a series of recommendations designed to assist federal agencies and departments improve management of and investment decision making for their facilities.

The Owner's Role in Project Risk Management (Paperback): National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical... The Owner's Role in Project Risk Management (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee for Oversight and Assessment of U.S. Department of Energy Project Management
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Out of stock

Effective risk management is essential for the success of large projects built and operated by the Department of Energy (DOE), particularly for the one-of-a-kind projects that characterize much of its mission. To enhance DOEa (TM)s risk management efforts, the department asked the NRC to prepare a summary of the most effective practices used by leading owner organizations. The studya (TM)s primary objective was to provide DOE project managers with a basic understanding of both the project ownera (TM)s risk management role and effective oversight of those risk management activities delegated to contractors.

Predicting Outcomes of Investments in Maintenance and Repair of Federal Facilities (Paperback): National Research Council,... Predicting Outcomes of Investments in Maintenance and Repair of Federal Facilities (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee on Predicting Outcomes of Investments in Maintenance and Repair for Federal Facilities
R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Out of stock

The deteriorating condition of federal facilities poses economic, safety, operational, and environmental risks to the federal government, to the achievement of the missions of federal agencies, and to the achievement of public policy goals. Primary factors underlying this deterioration are the age of federal facilities--about half are at least 50 years old--and decades of inadequate investment for their maintenance and repair. These issues are not new and there are no quick fixes. However, the current operating environment provides both the impetus and the opportunity to place investments in federal facilities' maintenance and repair on a new, more sustainable course for the 21st Century. Despite the magnitude of investments, funding for the maintenance and repair of federal facilities has been inadequate for many years, and myriad projects have been deferred.
"Predicting Outcomes of Investments in Maintenance and Repair of Federal Facilities" identifies processes and practices for transforming the current portfolio of federal facilities into one that is more economically, physically, and environmentally sustainable. This report addresses ways to predict or quantify the outcomes that can be expected from a given level of maintenance and repair investments in federal facilities or facilities' systems, and what strategies, measures, and data should be in place to determine the actual outcomes of facilities maintenance and repair investments.

Assessment of the Results of External Independent Reviews for U.S. Department of Energy Projects (Paperback): National Research... Assessment of the Results of External Independent Reviews for U.S. Department of Energy Projects (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee on Assessing the Results of External Independent Reviews for U.S. Department of Energy Projects
R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Out of stock

Peer review is an essential component of engineering practice and other scientific and technical undertakings. Peer reviews are conducted to ensure that activities are technically adequate, competently performed, and properly documented; to validate assumptions, calculations, and extrapolations; and to assess alternative interpretations, methodologies, acceptance criteria, and other aspects of the work products and the documentation that support them. Effective peer reviews are conducted in an environment of mutual respect, recognizing the contributions of all participants. Their primary objective is to help the project team achieve its goals. Reviews also contribute to quality assurance, risk management, and overall improvement of the management process.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conducts different types of peer reviews at the different stages of a project, including reviews to assess risks and other factors related to design, safety, cost estimates, value engineering, and project management. Independent project reviews (IPRs) are conducted by federal staff not directly affiliated with the project or program and management and operations (M&O) contractors. External independent reviews (EIRs) are overseen by the Office of Engineering and Construction Management and conducted by contractors external to the department. EIRs are the primary focus of this report. However, the committee found that, in many cases, IPRs are explicitly used as preparation for or as preliminary reviews prior to EIRs. Thus, because IPRs are integral to the review process in DOE, they are also discussed because they might have an effect on EIRs.
In October 2000, DOE issued Order 413.3, Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets (DOE, 2000). The order established a series of five critical decisions (CDs), or major milestones, that require senior management review and approval to ensure that a project satisfies applicable mission, design, security, and safety requirements: approve mission need, approve alternative selection and cost range, approve performance baseline, approve start of construction, and approve start of operations or project closeout.
Assessment of the Results of External Independent Reviews for U. S. Department of Energy Projects summarizes the results.

Measuring Performance and Benchmarking Project Management at the Department of Energy (Paperback): National Research Council,... Measuring Performance and Benchmarking Project Management at the Department of Energy (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee for Oversight and Assessment of U.S. Department of Energy Project Management
R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Out of stock

In 1997, Congress, in the conference report, H.R. 105-271, to the FY1998 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Bill, directed the National Research Council (NRC) to carry out a series of assessments of project management at the Department of Energy (DOE). The final report in that series noted that DOE lacked an objective set of measures for assessing project management quality. The department set up a committee to develop performance measures and benchmarking procedures and asked the NRC for assistance in this effort. This report presents information and guidance for use as a first step toward development of a viable methodology to suit DOEa (TM)s needs. It provides a number of possible performance measures, an analysis of the benchmarking process, and a description ways to implement the measures and benchmarking process.

Proceedings of Government/Industry Forum - The Owner's Role in Project Management and Preproject Planning (Paperback):... Proceedings of Government/Industry Forum - The Owner's Role in Project Management and Preproject Planning (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Committee for Oversight and Assessment of U.S. Department of Energy Project Management
R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Out of stock

Recurrent problems with project performance in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the 1990s raised questions in Congress about the practices and processes used by the department to manage projects. The 105th Committee of Conference on Energy and Water Resources directed DOE to investigate establishing a project review process. Many of the findings and recommendations in this series of reports identified the need for improved planning in the early project stages (front-end planning) to get the project off to the right start, and the continuous monitoring of projects by senior management to make sure the project stays on course. These reports also stressed the need for DOE to act as an owner, not a contractor, and to train its personnel to function not as traditional project managers but as knowledgeable owner's representatives in dealing with projects and contractors.
The NRC Committee for Oversight and Assessment of Department of Energy Project Management determined that it would be helpful for DOE to sponsor a forum in which representatives from DOE and from leading corporations with large, successful construction programs would discuss how the owner's role is conducted in government and in industry. In so doing, the committee does not claim that all industrial firms are better at project management than the DOE. Far from it-the case studies represented at this forum were selected specifically because these firms were perceived by the committee to be exemplars of the very best practices in project management. Nor is it implied that reaching this level is easy; the industry speakers themselves show that excellence in project management is difficult to achieve and perhaps even more difficult to maintain. Nevertheless, they have been successful in doing so, through constant attention by senior management.

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