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Letters to the editor

Analysis

Kicked into touch

Last week I saw on television the piece about the last minute rush to get the Cardiff Millennium Stadium complete enough for the opening of the Rugby World Cup.

Paint was being applied, equipment or materials were lifted about and it was still obviously a construction site.

Then I remembered having quickly scanned the article in NCE a couple of hours previously. Although a very quick scan, it seemed to be crowing about the success of the project and how well everyone had done.

Then I recollected reading or hearing something to the effect that this project was £26M over budget.

Hold on a minute! What were the success criteria for this project? In my experience the three which always get mentioned are that a project must be delivered on time, to budget and with the required quality.

Allow me to put a different interpretation to this:-

21% over budget, last minute panic to get it open (with I suspect quite a lot of minor things to finish off, if not commission) site set-up still established. How many clients would be pleased with that? How many engineers/project managers would be satisfied with the performance?

I wonder if the post project appraisal will get the some amount of publicity?

Les Clarke (M), 38 The Drive, Adel, Leeds LS16 6BQ

Nice try, good conversion

Last week's feature on the Millennium Stadium, to quote Glanmor Griffiths 'gave cause for everyone to celebrate and congratulate'.

A fitting monument to mark the Millennium and a lasting tribute to the multi disciplined engineers involved in its design and construction, overcoming severe time and operational constraints.

Ken Evans, Executive Secretary to The Professional Engineering Institutions in Wales, Llandridod Wells, Powys, LD1 5NA.

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