Aerospace celebrates success at APM Project Management Awards

Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Aerospace celebrates success at APM Project Management Awards

 

The winners of the annual Association for Project Management (APM) Awards have been announced at the awards ceremony at Old Billingsgate, London on 18th November.

The renowned APM Awards, sponsored by RPC UK Ltd, recognise the very best individuals, projects and programmes the profession has to offer, from aspiring young project managers to complex and transformational projects and programmes, both in the UK and internationally.

This year saw a record number of entries submitted to the Awards, reflecting the growing project profession.

The aerospace sector was successful in winning awards for Transformation Project of the Year Award won by Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace for its Product Lifecycle System (PLS), and Heathrow Airport won Technology Project of the Year for its Integrated Airport Operations Plan (AOP) and Demand Capacity Balancing tool (DCB).  

Young Project Professional - Jacob Achenbach, Rolls Royce Crosspointe

Jacob Achenbach picked up the Young Project Professional Award for his role in leading the expansion of Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, a plant manufacturing turbine blades for commercial jet engines. 

Jacob doubled the size of the facility four months ahead of schedule and £3.5m under budget. The plant can now produce an additional 35,000 turbine blades per year (the equivalent of 500 engine sets). The additional domestic manufacturing capacity was urgently required to mitigate the growing number of issues caused by premature failures of high pressure turbine blades.

Jacob Achenbach, Rolls-Royce Crospointe, said: “There are quite a few contributing factors to success. One thing I always want to do is look ahead and never be surprised by anything, whether it’s good or bad. Another thing is having a good focus on relationships, whether it’s with customers or suppliers. The other thing is never accepting that anything is good enough. Always ask what could be better and keep pushing.”

Transformation Project of the Year - Rolls Royce Civil Aerospace, Product Lifecycle System (PLS)

The challenge for Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace was to transform a £250bn technology portfolio to achieve better delivery, develop technology and lower costs. The Product Lifecycle System (PLS) programme was created and has delivered £350m of benefit to the bottom line through implementing best practice Project, Programme and Portfolio in an environment of low project management maturity.

It included organisational change, a digital landscape, agile ways of working and improved professionalism to aid project management practitioners in delivering excellence in all aspects of the ever-growing portfolio.

Mike Hopkins, Head of Engine Programme Transformation, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. The team has put in so much effort. My top tips to other project professionals is really focus on understanding risk, understand the schedule, have the right organisational structure and PMO to actually deliver the project - and invest in people.”

Technology Project of the Year - Heathrow Airport, Integrated Airport Operations Plan (AOP) and Demand Capacity Balancing tool (DCB)

Heathrow’s ambition is to provide the 'Best Airport Service in the World'. To deliver this under severe capacity constraints, it is combining data science, design thinking and business process re-design with digital technologies to unite the physical and virtual aspects of its services.

Heathrow has partnered with EUROCONTROL, NATS and its technology partners to implement the next generation of airport planning and operations. The result is the Airport Operations Plan (AOP), underpinned by a cloud-based Demand Capacity and Balancing (DCB) tool - a paradigm shift in the way flight operations are handled.

A total of 19 awards were handed out at the ceremony across a wide range of categories, including new awards: The Innovation in Projects Award and the Contribution to the Profession Award (which consists of three sub categories - Company, Consultancy and Not-for-Profit/Charity).

Debbie Dore, Chief Executive of APM said: “This year we received a record number of entries, and the standard is getting higher each year. The award winners are a true reflection of the talent within the project profession and how much it has grown in recent years. I would like to congratulate the winners and finalists from each of the categories for their incredible achievements.”

A full list of the APM Awards 2019 Winners:

Category

Winner

Overall Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust & Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Maternity Information System

Contribution to the Profession Award – Charity/Not-for profit

Home Group

Contribution to the Profession Award – Consultancy, sponsored by Jacobs

Arup

Contribution to the Profession Award – Company

Sellafield Ltd.

Innovation in Projects Award, sponsored by Provek

Proteus Learning Hub

Programme of the Year Award, sponsored by RSM UK

Conwy County Borough Council – Conwy Modernisation Programme

Project Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by Ramboll

David Calver – North Highland

Social Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust & Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Maternity Information System

Technology Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions

Heathrow Airport – Integrated Airport Operations Plan and Demand Capacity Balancing Tool

Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions

Sellafield Ltd., Cavendish Nuclear and Balfour Beatty – Silo Maintenance Facility Project

Transformation Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions

Rolls-Royce – Product Lifecycle System

Young Project Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by Leidos

Jacob Achenbach – Rolls-Royce Crosspointe, LLC

PMO of the Year Award, sponsored by Defence Equipment and Support

GCHQ – Transforming and Operating GCHQ’s Enterprise PMO in our Centenary Year

Herbert Walton Award – sponsored by BAE Systems

Dr Simon Addyman – Charles Rymill Ltd (University College London)

Geoffrey Trimble Award

Troy Lancaster – Amey (University of Warwick)

Shell Health, Safety, Security Environmental (HSSE) Award – sponsored by Shell

Arup – Healthy by Design Programme, HS2 Phase2b

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration, sponsored by The Nichols Group

Michèle Dix Loraine Martins

Sir Monty Finniston Award

Sir Amyas Morse

Brian Willis Award

Joseph Barnes – BAE Systems


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