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Dear member,

Welcome to the Dec 2012 edition of our newsletter!.

In this 13th issue of our newsletter, we are glad to inform that PCO membership is constantly growing and we now have presence in over 160 countries! We also like to share some of recent updates and as well as "work in process" and hope this gives you brief insight on what’s going on at our end.

Let's start with some of the recent updates on PCO

Project Controls Expo 2012 - PCO sponsored Project Controls Expo 2012 was a great success. Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters and delegates to make it a reality. Check out the pictures and presentations given at Expo. We will very soon be releasing the videos and update you in our next newsletter.

EVA 17 Event - PCO also supported EVA 17 event organised by Steve Wake in London, UK and our users can now view the presentations here.


PCO Job Zone

PCO continue to attract Project Controls job postings from all over the world. Check out some of the new roles below –

Jacobs Jobs
Crossrail jobs
ProjCon Jobs

See the full listing by visiting PCO JobZone

PCO Info-Pad

PCO Info-Pad is world’s largest and most exhaustive Project Controls knowledge base to assist our practitioners in enhancing their Project Controls skills and knowledge. Access wealth of knowledge resources in the form of Library, White Papers, Presentations, Technical Papers, Practitioners Guide, Project Controls Glossary of Term, Event Proceedings and many others along with convenient hyper-linked directory of organizations, companies, products, and services related to Project Controls.

Check out our latest addition in our White Paper section i.e., "The programme under NEC3 - The unacceptable truth" published by PCO member Ewen Maclean, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Project Controls Expo 2011 Videos

We are glad to announce that we are making all our last Expo videos publicly available. Please visit our Event Proceedings section to find out more on this.

PCO Blogs

We have made some changes in our blogs section and we recommend you to make best use of this feature not just for expanding your knowledge but also to share with community. This is also a great location to expand the reach of your profile that may help you in achieving your career objectives. In the meantime, check out our latest blogs on –

5 ways Primavera software helps manage your projects better
Primavera P6 Release 8.2: TSLD with Color Coded Activity Codes
Primavera P6 Release 8.2 : Timescaled Logic Diagrams

For full list of new additions, please visit our blog section


We are conducting a survey on Critical Path Methodology use in the construction industry to help one of our members. We’d appreciate if you could spend few minutes of yours and provide us with you feedback.

Upcoming Events

Project Controls Expo 2013 – Organised by PCO:

We are proud to announce the launch of Project Controls Expo 2013- Our 3rd event with the clear objective of providing significant practical and theoretical awareness on Project Controls process, tools and techniques to its stakeholders which is now happening on 13th Nov 203 at Twickenham Stadium, London.

So, don't miss this chance and register to be part of this exciting event. For your convenience, here are some links

Sponsors and Exhibitors, who wish to mark their presence at this exclusive show, can contact to us at and we will be glad to help.

Construction CPM Conference - Supported by PCO

The next Construction CPM conference is now taking place at Sheraton New Orleans - New Orleans on January 27-30, 2013.

Study and discuss the theory and practice of CPM with:
  • leading founders and prime movers of use of CPM
  • modern practitioners from around the world
  • software developers for laptop to mainframe applications
Explore and train on a variety of CPM software products:
  • of competing vendors at introductory and advanced levels
  • presented by company employees and independent consultants


Work in Progress

We are heavily busy in expanding the video library with wide range of training videos at the fractional cost. Launch is scheduled for Jan 2013.

In addition to library, we are constantly working to improve our website and bring in more features to help our members. We will keep you posted on all these developments via our future newsletters.

Partner Announcements/News -


ProjCon are proud to announce their following upcoming training courses to PCO members. Please register by writing to us at

In addition to above, we offer various other courses and to fins out more on the same, please visit our website.



Come to Canada!

Canadian Natural Resources Limited is a leading senior oil and natural gas producer. We offer long-term careers, a competitive compensation package, and extensive relocation assistance for international candidates. To learn more, click here.

Canadian Natural is actively hiring for several Project Controls roles including:
  • Cost Engineers
  • Estimators
  • Planner/Schedulers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Project Controls Leads
To view our exciting career opportunities, CLICK HERE!

Barbecana - Full Monte 2.0

Barbecana has released version 2.0 of Full Monte, its schedule risk analysis software for Microsoft Project. New features include unlimited correlations between task durations, visual feedback on entered distributions and correlations at the time of data entry, export of reports to CSV format, and sophisticated new sensitivity analysis capabilities.

While Microsoft Project and other project management systems give users single-point estimates of when projects will be complete and how much they will cost, these deterministic estimates can be misleading. “The only sure thing about the results of a deterministic approach to scheduling is that they will be proven wrong,” says Tony Welsh, president of Barbecana and developer of Full Monte. “The quantitative assessment of risk is a vital part of project planning, and with 2.0 we have added a lot of new functionality.”

Full Monte addresses cost and schedule risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation, providing a much more realistic assessment of likely project outcomes. Fast and easy to use, Full Monte’s features include support for five families of probability distribution (normal, lognormal, uniform, beta, and triangular), correlations between task durations, and branching based upon dates or chance. Output includes expected values, standard deviations, percentile points, histograms, and S-curves of early and late dates, slack values, and cost for each task and for the project as a whole. Data can be migrated automatically from Risk+®. Barbecana has also released Schedule Inspector (schedule validation software), which is included free with Full Monte 2.0 for a limited time only.

Full Monte is available at for $795, or visit the website to download a free 30-day trial.

Schedule Inspector

You can now purchase Schedule Inspector 1.1 separately from Full Monte!

Barbecana's Schedule Inspector™ is an add-in to Microsoft Project® (2007 and above). Schedule Inspector is the fast and easy way to improve schedule quality by identifying potential problems in your Microsoft Project schedule.

Schedule Inspector is flexible. You only need to perform those tests you think are appropriate, and most of these can be customized.

Customizations include the ability to exclude tasks without baselines, completed tasks, milestones, summary tasks, LOE tasks and planning packages. Some tests also have user-definable parameters, while they all have user-definable goals (proportion of tasks which need to comply).

Supported tests include all those in the Defense Contract Management Agency's 14-point schedule assessment guide, plus many others like:

redundant relationships
out-of-sequence progress, etc.
connectivity index (ratio of relationships to tasks)
resources or relationships on summary tasks.

You can purchase Schedule Inspector 1.1 for just $595.
Canfield University - Call for papers

Canfield University continues its Awareness Development in Cost Engineering and Introduction to Cost Engineering in the Oil and Gas Sector Short Courses on April 30th - 02nd May 2013.

The Society for Cost Analysts and Forecasters currently have a call for papers for their session on Tuesday 5th February called Economics and Estimating and papers are invited on the following topics:
  • Economic and Financial Appraisals
  • Use of Economics in Cost Forecasting
  • Prices and Income Policies
  • Measurement of Economic Growth
  • Strategic Views on Economics and Cost Forecasting
  • Economic Techniques
Please forward your interest at no later than 21st December 2012.


We are proud to introduce the newest Project Controls Online partner: Acumen. A recognized industry thought leader, Acumen's project management software solutions serve a global client base, helping to build the soundest schedules possible and execute them with consistent success.

Acumen Software Products:

Acumen Fuse: Schedule Diagnostics

Diagnose and resolve project shortcomings with Acumen Fuse®. This unique software allows you to easily pinpoint problematic areas of the schedule, cost estimate, or risk analysis and quickly correct them. Generate reports on project quality, earned value and performance trending or compare schedule updates to identify changes and variances to the plan all with Acumen Fuse®.

Acumen Risk: Integrated Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis

As the first truly integrated cost and schedule risk analysis software, Acumen RiskT provides unprecedented insight into project risk exposure and helps you accurately forecast project completion. Effectively account for project uncertainty and potential risk events without relying on the complex statistical inputs of traditional risk tools.

Acumen 360: Schedule Acceleration and What-If Analysis

Acumen 360T gives you the ability to accelerate time frames effortlessly to meet faster project completion demands and recover schedule slips and delays. Run 'What-If.." analyses with Acumen 360 to identify how potential set backs or acceleration strategies impact the project.

Acumen Cloud: Project Benchmarking

Compare your project quality results to those of thousands of similar projects with Acumen CloudT. Identify where your project ranks in comparison to industry benchmarks and identify the percentage likelihood of completing on-time.

Acumen's software suite works directly with Microsoft Project, Primavera, Deltek, Asta Powerproject and Excel to help improve the quality, accuracy and reliability of project plans.


Thank You

Last but not the least; we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support to PCO. We continue to look forward to your active participation as we move forward.

Have a good day and keep up your good work! Lastly, Have a merry Xmas and very happy new year 2013.

PCO Team
P.S. As ever, we welcome your feedback.

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