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Adelaide Desalination Plant - Project Management Office

Adelaide Desalination Plant - Project Management Office

The Adelaide Desalination Project is the largest water infrastructure project completed in South Australia. This megaproject required a purpose built Project Management Office (PMO) to address many diverse and mutually dependent needs of the project. Nova Systems has been involved since the initiation of the project and together with SA Water Corporation and other advisors, shaped and developed the purpose-built, highly effective ‘client-side’ PMO.

The PMO’s initial role was to select the contractor who would complete the design and construct phase of the project, and secondly develop systems to administer the contract, monitor and control, and to liaise with all stakeholders through the life of the project. As the PMO developed, Nova Systems’ ongoing involvement included the placement of up to 25 full-time consultants within the PMO for up to 5 years. A key part of the Nova Systems contribution to the PMO was the Project Controls and Reporting group. This group had ongoing responsibility for a wide range of activities including environmental regulatory approvals, change management, verification of progress, risk management, project tracking and reporting, safety, design and construction at Practical Completion and Project Handover.

Through full engagement and alignment of the project parties, this significant asset was delivered 19 days ahead of the original approved timeline and included a full and final resolution of all issues between the parties prior to Project Handover; within the original approved budget of $1.824 billion. This project demonstrated that a purpose built PMO is critical in implementing excellent project governance principles, including maintaining a consistent message that results in producing a high performing team through the full life cycle of the project

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Bret Barton

Head Progressive Businesses

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both establish...

The Progressive Businesses division of Nova Group amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of the businesses and programs which form the Progressive Business division.  These include the:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water, utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager with Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Tim Anderson

Program Manager - Energy & Resources

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas ...

Tim is responsible for program management of the Energy & Resources Program in the power, water, oil and gas and mining sectors. In these sectors, Tim leads our client relationships, client solutions delivery,  client-led innovation and sector strategies. Tim has 30 years experience, working with clients in energy, resources, utilities and engineering sectors.

 

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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