GRAEME STEWART was this week named Civil Engineering Manager of the Year for his role in delivering the £60M Vapour Recovery Project on the Forties Pipeline in Scotland.
Stewart, who works for BP-Amoco, described the project as 'a project manager's dream - something for everybody and quite a challenge'. He added that the key to his success was to always focus on people.
Despite only having a two and a half strong team, Stewart was able to bring the environmentally and commercially sensitive project in on time and to budget. But 'understanding clients' needs' is just as important, he stressed.
'Talk as early as you possibly can,' Stewart added, emphasising the need not to avoid any issues. 'Spend early in the project and you will always save time and money later.'
The award was presented after each of the three finalists had given a presentation in the Telford Theatre at Great George Street. However, the fourth candidate, Rodney Self, was forced to pull out of the final at the last minute. He is working in Pakistan and recent political unrest meant he was unable to leave the country last week.
A full report on the Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award final appears on page 25. A profile of Graeme Stewart will be included in next week's issue.