Abstract: Employing qualified workers is a huge burden on contractors and construction owners. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in the availability of skilled laborers. New equipment and increased productivity has reduced the impact of labor on total project costs; however this has further increased demand for skilled laborers. Is the labor force prepared to supply this additional skilled labor when contractors already experience shortages of qualified workers – at least in some parts of the world?
Global capital projects have been moving strongly forward over the past few years, placing pressure on workers and materials alike. Demand is fuelling wage increases and higher benefits, significantly increasing total compensation packages. Is the only choice for contractors to pay above-average wage gains for skilled workers? Does the shortage extend to all parts of the world?
We will present our analysis of key determinants of wage escalation. In the end, estimators will be better prepared to navigate global labor costs and accurately align costs with budgets. (INT-1423) Globalizing a Project Process - Lessons Learned
Primary Author: Mr Joeseph J. Cirafesi Cirafesi Consulting
Abstract: This paper addresses the challenges and lessons learned in converting a US based project development and execution process into a process that could be implemented across the globe. The author will provide a brief introduction to the initial re-engineering of the process, the global challenges considered during the development, strategies employed to address those issues and our lessons learned from rollout. Also discussed are the practical challenges of globalizing such a program including the development of training materials, language and translation issues and tips.
Attendees will gain insight into how to approach such a project, with emphasis on how to prepare for training and communication activities in those locations where English is not the primary language and American culture is not the predominant environment.
Our findings were that it is essential to provide training in “doing business internationally,” partner with a superlative translation company and carefully select a development and deployment team with both technical and business experience in the target countries. In addition, having bi-lingual speakers (English and target country) is critical.