The Port of Long Beach (POLB) is the second-busiest container port in the United States and is a leading gateway for international trade. POLB is investing approximately $5.4 billion in capital projects over the next ten years, including the Middle Harbor redevelopment project, the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project, the Pier G terminal redevelopment project, several rail improvement projects, four separate shore-to-ship power projects, new fire stations/fire boats projects, and a number of other public works projects, including various roadway, water, sewer, and storm drain improvements.
PMA was initially hired to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the POLB Engineering Bureau and of capital project delivery processes. We interviewed a large cross section of Port staff to establish the as-is condition, conducted benchmarking surveys of peer agencies, developed recommendations unique to POLB’s situation and drafted a detailed report to the Board. PMA was then asked to assist POLB in implementing its recommendations. We helped establish a new project controls group with an independent change order review function, consolidated engineering design functions in one department, cost loaded the master schedule, helped establish schedule baselines with variance reporting, simplified management reports, and served as the project manager for the implementation of Oracle Primavera Unifier. As part of Unifier we designed Unifier Business Processes (BPs), wrote procedures, designed user defined and custom reports, developed the custom reports using Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI), and helped the POLB meet its transparency and early issue identification goals.
The PMA team is currently supporting POLB with the roll out of the project controls practice guide; training of project controls staff and project managers on standards and processes (including schedule management, cost and budget management, change order review, estimating, and risk management); and the PMIS Unifier implementation to include on-call project controls support for the project delivery division. PMA’s business processes were designed to align with and support the recommend project delivery life cycle, while encompassing or replacing existing work processes.