Analytics of What? Implications of Megaprojects Complexity in Data-Driven Forecasting / CONGRÈS 2021

Lundi, 15 novembre 2021, de 13 h 00 à 14 h 00



Les McMullan
Global Director, Project Controls

Pouya Zangeneh
Risk Analytics Specialist, Risk Management


The fourth industrial revolution has led to widespread digitalization across the delivery chain of construction and project industries. The digitalization of project processes and other technological enhancements such as digital project delivery, building information modeling, and digital twins have created vast amounts of promising data. At the same time, data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are becoming ever more streamlined and available for a variety of tasks, raising debates and discussions about what is project analytics and how analytics processes and functions can create a competitive advantage. Systematic approach to this issue requires a holistic view into three aspects of it: first, inherent complexities of projects as complex and interdependent systems; second, nature of project delivery processes, management, and controls; and third, knowledge of high-performance analytical algorithms, tools, and trends in technological innovation. This paper provides an overview of the authors' experiences and perspectives on project complexities, success factors in dealing with such complexities and the impact on data-driven forecasting and project cost and schedule delivery. A framework is also proposed for successful project analytics functions.


Les McMullan, FAACE, PMP has close to 40 years of experience in project controls and project management on major capital projects in North America and overseas. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, he has worked in most major industries including nuclear, pulp and paper, petrochemical, mining, and metallurgy. energy and infrastructure.
Les has worked with both consulting and owner organizations and has held various positions throughout his career including estimator, cost controller, senior project controls manager, project manager, and Vice-President of Project Services. He is the currently Global Director of Project Controls at Hatch.
Les was President of the Montreal Section of the AACE International for many years and spent four years with the AACE International Board of Directors as Director Region 1 and President of AACE Canada and later as VP Regions North America. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of AACE International.


Pouya Zangeneh, Ph.D, P. Eng. is a risk analytics specialist within Hatch’s Risk Management group. He is a professional engineer and has received his Ph.D. in project risk analytics from University of Toronto.

His interest and research is focused on knowledge representation and probabilistic methods to quantify, measure, and update social and technical risks and corresponding losses both within projects and engineering systems.

He has a wide range of experience working in projects within the mining and metals, infrastructures, and energy sectors

Analytics of What? Implications of Megaprojects Complexity in Data-Driven Forecasting / CONGRÈS 2021


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