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Supporting Frameworks for Successful Program Management – Operations and Maintenance (#21 in the series Foundations, Frameworks and Lessons Learned in Program Management)
By Robert Prieto

Large scale programs may result in one or more projects being put into beneficial use prior to completion of the overall program. Operations and maintenance of these initial phases needs to be carefully considered within the context of overall program goals and ongoing construction activities. Appropriate post commissioning performance for these early facilities should also be assessed to facilitate improvement in the balance of the capital delivery program.

Traditional owner planning activities related to initial spares and consumables need to be considered as part of a programmatic approach. Operational facilities add a degree of complexity in overall program planning and site security and safety.

Certain operational facilities which may offer added programmatic opportunities during the construction phase include:

  • power supply and distribution
  • potable water supply
  • waste water and sanitary waste management
  • permanent fueling facilities
  • permanent port, rail or other logistical facilities
  • central warehousing
  • administrative facilities
  • site wide cellular services
  • operational staff housing (as supplement to construction camp requirements)

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

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