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Supporting Frameworks for Successful Program Management – Modularization (#20 in the series Foundations, Frameworks and Lessons Learned in Program Management)
By Robert Prieto

Repetition of components, constrained or costly labor situations, harsh environmental conditions or the need to open up additional construction fronts or initiate construction in advance of site availability are all drivers to a program approach to modularization.

A programmatic approach to execution will allow certain systems and structure to be considered as if they were owner-furnished equipment to be installed on one or more projects in conjunction with other project activities. The choice of modularization as a key program strategy reconfigures the project execution supply chain, necessitates the use of compatible or common design platforms with 3D or 4D capabilities.

The mod yard becomes an added construction site with each module treated as a separate project. Programmatic activities include general mod yard management and oversight activities in addition to those associated with each of the discrete projects being performed at this site.

Robert Prieto, Senior Vice President

Robert Prieto is senior vice president for Fluor, where he leads strategy for Fluor’s Industrial and Infrastructure group. Mr. Prieto focuses on the development and delivery of large, complex projects worldwide.

Prior to joining Fluor, Bob served as chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. As head of PB’s board of directors, he was responsible for overseeing management performance, establishing top-level policies, and ensuring the firm’s continued long term success.

He is a member of the executive committee of the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a member of the board of directors of the Business Council on International Understanding, a member of the board of the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation, and co-founder and member of the board of the Disaster Resource Network. He currently serves on the National Research Council’s committee framing the challenges on Critical Infrastructure Systems. Until 2006 he served as one of three U.S. presidential appointees to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and served as chairman of the Engineering and Construction Governors of The World Economic Forum and co-chair of the infrastructure task force formed after September 11th by the New York City Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Polytechnic University of New York, and was previously selected as alumni of the year by its New York Chapter.

He has had an executive sponsorship role in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub; West Coast Rail Modernization; Train Protection and Warning System; Level 3 Communications Long Haul Network and Superconducting Super Collider.

Prieto holds a master of science in nuclear engineering from Polytechnic University of New York and a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering from New York University.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) provides services on a global basis in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 500 company with revenues of $14.1 billion in 2006. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.

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