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P&GJ: Contractors and Utilities: What Makes a Relationship Work?

Posted on 02/09/2018 in Utility - 0
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Fifteen years ago, a gas utility client faced a nearly impossible task – quadrupling pipeline construction with a limited increase in internal resources. The solution – bring in the contractors as trusted partners and build the solution together.

And it worked.

Relationships of any kind take hard work, but the benefits can be tremendous. Our work as strategic advisors to utilities and contractors has helped us gain a deeper understanding of the key ingredients to strong contractor/utility relationships.

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CURT 2017 Keynote: Excellence in Total Project Performance

Posted on 03/02/2017 in Construction - 0
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At the 2017 CURT National Conference in Chandler Arizona, Gretchen Gagel, President and COO of Continuum Advisory Group, presented the preliminary findings of the CURT and Continuum Advisory Group annual Owner Trends Study. Through this year’s study we explored:

• What sets above average project teams apart
• The cultural factors that differentiate above average organizations from average and below average organizations
• Best practices utilized in achieving excellence in total project performance
• What more owners and their A/E/C partners need from each other to achieve excellence

As one of our study participants said, “At the end of the day, we only achieve true
excellence if all stakeholders feel that it was a successful project for them. That includes our most important customers – the business units we serve.”  –Michael Mayra, Construction Group Manager, General Motors

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Owners in Transition: Doing More With Less

Posted on 10/01/2016 in Owner Trends - 0
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September 13th and 14th Matt Marshall, Senior Consultant with Continuum Advisory Group, participated in the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Member Meeting and Forum entitled “Owners In Transition: Doing More With Less.” At the member meeting on the 13th Matt Marshall presented relevant findings from the 2016 Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) Owner Trends Study that Continuum helped conduct entitled  “Insights to Leading An Agile Capital Program.” Interesting topics from the forum on the 14th included:

  • how owners are “doing more with less” responding to reductions in force internal to their capital projects teams
  • how owners are overcoming challenges to project execution and productivity during times of transition
  • exploring modularization – lessons learned: when modularization is or isn’t appropriate, and
  • are the young professionals in our industry being adequately prepared for the future?

Reflecting on the meeting and forum Matt said, “CURT and it’s members and industry partners are working together to understand today’s most pressing issues, develop and share best practices and implement meaningful improvements and change in the industry. It’s a honor to partner with some of the most passionate and experienced people I have met in the business of planning and executing capital projects.”

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Viewpoint: Accelerate the Changes As published by ENR

Posted on 01/28/2015 in Construction, Engineering - 0

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Ten years ago, I left the construction industry because I needed a change. I wanted a break from the constant travel, and I wanted to get to know my home town of Denver again. So I took an opportunity to run a foundation and, later, became assistant dean at the University of Denver’s business school. Last year, I was coaxed back to the construction industry to become president of Continuum Advisory Group, a management consulting firm focused on our industry. After a decade away, I decided to catch up on what I had missed by interviewing 40 owners of the industry’s largest firms, many of them past clients.



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PRESS RELEASE: Continuum Advisory Group Releases Trends Study in Engineering and Construction

Posted on 12/18/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

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Denver (Dec. 18, 2014) – Continuum Advisory Group, a management consulting firm with a vision to transform the worldwide building and construction industry through revolutionary innovation, has just released a qualitative study on the economic cycles and key trends in capital asset construction for the next decade.



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Key Owner Trends: Gone Are The Days… Challenges of the Next Decade of Capital Construction and Facilities Maintenance

Posted on 12/10/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

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These are sage words of wisdom, especially when one considers this advice within the context of the U.S. construction industry. Capital asset owners — large American corporations and government agencies who spend roughly one trillion per year to construct pipelines, schools, retail stores, data centers and any other imaginable structure — have endured several economic cycles over the last decade and are preparing for more volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in the business environment over the next decade.



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Key Owner Trends: Riding The Wave of Capital Construction Delivery Through The Turbulent Past Decade

Posted on 02/27/2014 in Construction, Economic Overview, Engineering - 0

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These are sage words of wisdom, especially when one considers this advice within the context of the U.S. construction industry. Capital asset owners — large American corporations and government agencies who spend roughly one trillion per year to construct pipelines, schools, retail stores, data centers and any other imaginable structure — have endured several economic cycles over the last decade and are preparing for more volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in the business environment over the next decade.



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