Very interesting article by the Project Journal on the challenges of so called "Mega projects". Whilst I agree on numerous points, especially about delays caused by the lack of planning and communication.
I can honestly say all the mega projects I have witness and been actively involved in, both in the UK and overseas have amazed me on how well they have been completed with so many different parties involved.
Having spent many years living in the United Arab Emirates. I have recruited project leaders and specialists on numerous property, infrastructure and utility projects across the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.
I realise that the scale of these "Mega Project" developments come with a raft of hurdles to overcome. These range from the actual engineering solutions, as many are pushing the boundaries of what have been previously achieved. To the logistics of the project due to the site location and/or time scales involved.
But that all being said, look at the Burj Khalifa, the Shard, Marina bay sands, London 2012 and the Palm Jumeriah. These projects, I would argue have all been completed successfully. Try to bear in mind and fathom the amount of organisations involved in these developments. Many have been delivered with multi cultural teams spread across numerous locations globally. The coordination required to even get these sizes of projects anywhere near to completion on time is immense, so hats off to the teams for achieving handovers anywhere near to the predicted timelines.
Maybe the article has been written from a glass is half empty viewpoint, trying to focus solely on the less successful developments. But I think we need to be championing the achievements not highlighting the less successful. Otherwise what will happen to future projects? Will we reject new ideas on the bearing it's to big, or to challenging. What message would that relay to the next generation of architects and engineers?
Man, by nature has always pushed, evolved and tried to better him/herself and his surrounding. Yes there will be failures, setbacks and maybe even U-turns. But if we didn't try we would still be living in the dark ages.
There’s a reason why Mega Projects are simply called “MegaProjects.” Extremely large in scale with significant impacts on communities, environment and budgets, megaprojects attract a lot of public attention and often cost more than 1 billion. Because of its grandiose, a successful megaproject requires a lot of planning, responsibility and work. Likewise, the magnificence of such projects also creates a large margin for failure.