The ICPMA recently completed its 15th annual successful annual conference in Madrid, SPAIN June 2-3, 2015. The event had over 90 attendees representing countries from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The conference was a joint effort, co-hosted by both ICPMA and CMAS (Construction Management Association of Spain).
The theme of the conference was centered on “New Trends in Project Management”. The first day’s subtopic focused on creating project partnerships or alliances and what ICPMA terms “A Better Way” of managing projects. Some successful projects utilizing this approach from the US, Ireland, Spain, Oman, and Germany were presented and discussed.
A dinner at the Madrid City Center allowed everyone to enjoy some cool beverages, delicious Spanish food and vine, and a beautiful nighttime view of the Madrid skyline. Highligt of the evening event was the awarding procedure of the 1st Allinance Award of the joint initiative “the better way” from ICPMA and DVP. The two clients of two outstanding projects following the 7 principles have been selected by the awarding committee to receive this award. These clients are Grangegorman Development Agency for the campus project Grangegorman in Dublin and Ministry of Energy of Georgia, Mr Ilia Eloshvili, Deputy Minister for the Hydropower plant in Georgia.
The second day of the conference involved discussions on BIM. Representatives from the academia, general practitioner, and ownership sectors interacted and discussed the benefits and necessities of these new technologies.
The conference ended with a construction site tour of an 1870 vintage masonry building, now being converted into high end multi-residential living quarters. The general contractor INBISA allowed the group to review some of the foundation, framing, and masonry reinforcement required to make the structure last well beyond the 23rd century.
In summary, all conference participants were able to interact with worldwide construction management practitioners as well as gain valuable insight into the newest trends of project management. A short video presentation of the events can be found on line at https://vimeo.com/130114380 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf4nzFpnE9c&feature=em-share_video_user.
We thank CMAS for hosting the joint Conference and Marta Alvares Manero for the perfectly organization of the conference. Muchas Gracias por todo.
Next year’s conference is scheduled for Doha, Qatar in End of May 2016. Check the website at www.icpma.net for further updates.