The old adage “prevention is better than cure” is particularly true within the projects and engineering environment. The direct and indirect costs and other implications of disputes and project and engineering problems that occur can be significant. In this context, the avoidance of disputes and problems is generally a preferable strategy to dispute and problem resolution.

The avoidance of project and engineering disputes and problems however requires a structured, systematic and proactive approach to be implemented, preferably from the outset. Appropriate actions, behaviour and mindsets are key to enabling this approach, and hence project and engineering success.

Successful project and engineering outcomes don’t just happen. They are the result, inter alia, of a well-orchestrated management and implementation approach, executed in a proactive manner.

Ian McKechnie, CEO of Engenamic’s, article titled “Staying out of trouble = First Prize – Proactive Project Planning” published in Electricity and Control, provides some further comments on this topic.