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Leveraging project management expertise

In the competitive global economy, the organisations most likely to succeed are those that are quick, flexible, and proactive. Pöyry’s project-oriented operating model can help them concentrate on what’s important for making a profit and meet the challenge of projects that are becoming increasingly complex and specialised.

With more projects in all sectors of the economy, the demand for project management expertise is set to continue increasing worldwide. The Pöyry Group has recognised this and is developing new models capable of dealing with the new environments and conditions that its clients are facing.

Project management expertise represents a critical success factor. If you cannot manage your projects, you will not succeed – it is as simple as that, in many cases.

The project-driven business world requires new attitudes, new models, and new methods. Above all, it challenges companies to change, in areas such as corporate culture and leadership.

Responding to these developments, Pöyry has documented its collective engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) experience in its new 4ePCM concept, which is designed to make future projects even quicker and more reliable to manage and implement.

Interactive project management

Pöyry has some 50 years of experience of managing successful investment projects for a broad spectrum of clients, and this long history has provided a fund of knowledge and expertise for improving project processes, practices, and tools, and for developing new ones.

The new 4ePCM concept is based on a customer-oriented interactive project management model that uses a four-level database built around sets of functions, processes, tasks, and deliverables.

Virtual mill concept

Typical functions include project management, procurement management, and construction management. Project management, for example, consists of more than 10 processes, such as contract management, which in turn consist of numerous tasks, each with their own deliverables. Altogether, the 4ePCM concept defines 12 functions, 60 processes, hundreds of tasks, and thousands of deliverables.

Virtual Mill

Pöyry Forest Industry, one of Pöyry’s three main business groups, has taken this 4ePCM thinking and developed the Virtual Mill solution for managing technical information in projects in its area of expertise.

The solution addresses all phases of a mill’s lifecycle, from design and engineering, through construction and start-up, to operation and maintenance. At the end of a project, Pöyry’s engineering database and 3D model can either be handed over to the client or maintained by Pöyry, to serve engineering needs throughout a mill’s life.

Virtual Mill tools have been configured to make them easy to use, not only by Pöyry’s own engineers but also by a customer’s engineering and maintenance teams, as well as third parties, such as maintenance service suppliers and other engineering companies. Enabling everyone on a project to use the same engineering tools means that mill data related to engineering and maintenance throughout a mill’s life will have the best chance of remaining valid over the entire time.

Pöyry’s browser-based interface with the underlying database, known as WebPub, gives users a fast and reliable way of locating the information they need. WebPub uses intelligent links between drawings and mill data, and always shows up-to-date documents based on the current status of engineering systems.

Smooth integration and replication between Virtual Mill tools and a mill’s own maintenance system, such as a SAP-based system, ensures that users can access specific information easily, regardless of where it is maintained and updated.

Local Service

The Virtual Mill model is integrated with Pöyry’s Local Service, a tailored combination of local and remote resources and open engineering and information management tools.

These packages are often based on a framework agreement, with full flexibility concerning the amount of work included or excluded. A Local Service package can come on stream, for example, after a major project implemented by Pöyry has been completed, or be configured to meet a specific need. To ensure maximum benefit to the client, a Local Service team is always made up of people familiar with the client’s mill and engineering tools.

Pöyry’s Virtual Mill Concept addresses all phases of a mill’s lifecycle, from design and engineering, through construction and start-up, to operation and maintenance – and has been used at this Holmen Paper mill in Spain.

A truly international expert

Pöyry is a customer- and technology-oriented consulting and engineering company with a true global reach. With three business groups – Energy, Forest Industry, and Infrastructure & Environment – the Pöyry Group employs around 7,500 experts in 45 countries.

The Group’s business concept is based on involvement in all phases of its clients’ business cycle, providing innovative, value-added solutions, and a full range of services, from consulting and engineering assignments to the management, implementation, and operational improvement of complex projects.

In the energy sector, for example, Pöyry professionals offer expertise in management consulting, hydropower, renewable energy, heat and power, and oil and gas. Pöyry is also strong in engineering and project services for nuclear technology, transmission and distribution, and industrial processes.

In the energy and chemicals industries, Pöyry provides engineering and project implementation services for investment projects worldwide, maintenance engineering and local services for production units, as well as management consulting in strategic and operational enhancement issues.

Pöyry’s Infrastructure & Environment business group specialises in transportation, water and the environment, real estate, and telecommunications projects.

> Raimo Kaunismäki
(Published in HighTech Finland 2008)