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Project Controls


Within a large project the project controls function will mean different things to different people.  Whether you are in an owner role or in an engineering contractor role, there are a number of important differences in the project controls role which are important to understand.

In the owner organisation the project controls team has more of an oversight, collation and governance role ensuring compliance to defined procedures and standards,  whereas in the engineering contractor organisation the project controls team is more concerned with tracking, forecasting and controlling the project status within a defined scope of work.

OTC has published the second guide in the Project Controls toolkit series that covers the roles and interfaces of the project controls disciplines.  This practical guide covers the disciplines of estimating, cost control, planning and scheduling as well as quantity surveying. It looks at what the role of each discipline is and how they overlap, offers some examples of areas that are typically problematic and which will be of assistance to owner teams.

Here’s what you will discover:

  • The difference between project controls and project services
  • Where the responsibility for project accounting, cost control and commitment accounting lies
  • The various roles of the project controls function
  • The role of quantity surveyors
  • The project controls plan
  • How much should be budgeted on a project for the project controls support function
  • And more…

You can get your copy of this practical guide here  from the OTC Toolkits Membership site.  (Log-in required).

– The OTC Toolkits Team