September 20, 2023 | Articles
New Federal legislation presents owners and agencies with a generational opportunity to maintain and improve America’s critical infrastructure. Key to maximizing the benefit of this new funding will be making certain detailed, well-planned, and well-executed programs and projects receive the support they require to succeed, and then driving success throughout each project. Project management oversight offers a set of principles and process to guide and improve the delivery of infrastructure funded by this new legislation.
A Safeguard for Compliance, An Advantage for Progress
roject Management Oversight (PMO) helps owners/grantees make certain their projects meet the needs of their agency or organization by establishing standards and processes to monitor grantees for compliance and progress and to capture best practices and lessons learned. PMO reinforces the efforts of the Project Manager by building an environment of support and accountability, with clear guardrails for
all stakeholders and data-backed, risk-based decision-making processes. PMO can also serve as a bridge between the PM team and organizational management, integrating best practices agency-wide and translating PM input into actionable intelligence for organizational leadership.
PMO serves as a safeguard against projects exceeding budget and schedule and can also enhance project delivery by identifying areas for improvement early in the project lifecycle. These areas include management expertise or capacity within the organization, tools and methodologies to improve delivery, and the formal capture and implementation of lessons learned. For agencies seeking to maximize the return on investment of Federally allocated funds, PMO can serve as an invaluable tool for tracking progress, ensuring compliance, and realizing project and program goals.
At the organizational/agency level, PMO entails:
At the project level, which may involve direct oversight support of work in the field, PMO involves:
The Hill PMO Advantage
Hill International, Inc., a global program, project, and construction management firm, offers Federal and state agencies the management processes, procedures, and tools to drive success on their projects through our groundbreaking and industry leading PMO support. The PMO service was first conceptualized by Hill’s founder, Irvin Richter, in 1985, and Hill continues to specialize in providing PMO services today.
Through our PMO support, Hill can make certain funded projects meet the needs of each organization using standards, procedures, accountability, efficient allocation of resources, and processes that support continuous improvement.
Unlike other PMO providers, Hill is exclusively a construction management firm. We do not provide design or general contracting services, meaning our oversight and management consulting services are delivered with zero conflicts. Similarly, PMO services are a core offering at Hill. This exclusivity means agencies can enjoy increased confidence in our recommendations and advice and have the insights and expertise of true construction professionals to rely upon.
Hill’s PMO Approach: Controlling Funding, Realizing Opportunities, and Driving Agency Success
Our approach to driving success across through the PMO function will follow a detailed and rigorous process:
✔ PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN DEVELOPMENT
✔ PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING
✔ RISK MANAGEMENT
✔ DESIGN MONITORING
✔ DESIGN REVENUE
✔ TECHNICAL CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY
✔ QA/QC MANAGEMENT
✔ CHANGE ORDER REVIEWS
✔ VALUE ENGINEERING
✔ SCHEDULE PROGRESS
✔ BUDGET ADHERENCE
✔ SAFETY MANAGEMENT
✔ INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION
✔ DBE/MBE/SBE PARTICIPATION
✔ COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS
✔ PUBLIC OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS
✔ STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT
PMO support, implemented by an experienced and capable construction team, drives project success at the agency, grantee, project, and community levels. Hill’s PMO teams can establish a formal PMO office to support the implementation of federally funded projects, then create the conditions for sustainable, verified progress. We will do this by leveraging Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery our construction and sector expertise, relying on our experts across the U.S. for their insights and understanding, and deploying customized tools and technologies that deliver real-time reporting and tracking. The result will be a transparent project funding process that drives success from the agency to each funded project.
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