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Project Controls Save Time and Money
A property data coordinator at the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul sits in front of his computer where he participated in the month-long Project Controls Management Seminar.
A property data coordinator at the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul participated in the month-long Project Controls Management Seminar.
Whether designing a road, constructing an energy plant, or building a school, infrastructure projects have one thing in common: they need to effectively manage schedule and budget and stay on track.

Afghan engineers and IT specialists on USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (IRP) recently attended an intensive training seminar in Project Controls Management, a sophisticated program that tracks the elements of big projects using electronic data to analyze progress and forecast results.

Held at the Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul, the four-session seminar included assignments, feedback, and testing. Participants included engineers from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, Afghanistan’s electricity corporation, and other staff who will ultimately have full responsibility for operation and maintenance of the plant.

The beauty of IRP’s Project Controls system is its ability to help manage complex projects with hundreds of moving parts by breaking them down into individual components for risk analysis and oversight. The system can forecast delays or overruns that threaten the project’s completion and tell supervisors when to say move, spend, or don’t spend. Finding the most cost-effective way to combat ‘slippage’ is the project controller’s job.

Participants in the seminar expressed enthusiasm and commit¬ment while completing assignments that impressed their instructors. “If these students pursue Project Controls training, they will be specialists”, one teacher noted. “They could work at the ministries, teach the Afghan people how to cost and schedule projects, or open their own businesses.”

A senior Afghan IT specialist at the plant expressed his positive assessment of the course. “It is very interesting to think how to study and continue to learn Project Controls,” he said. “We need this for all of our projects in Afghanistan. We need to learn this in the university.”

Providing training in progressive technologies for keeping construc-tion projects on time and within budget is just another way that USAID is helping Afghans to support the development of their country’s infrastructure.

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