Transnet Turns to @RISK to Evaluate Capital Projects Risk in South Africa

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Transnet Turns to @RISK to Evaluate
Capital Projects Risk in South Africa

Managing the delivery of all necessary goods within a country can require the careful coordination of ships, ports, railways, and pipelines. Expanding this system to accommodate more people and growth requires careful analysis of the potential risks that could threaten the schedule, cost, and efficacy of the project. Transnet, the primary freight logistics company in South Africa, relied on @RISK to assess the expansion of their infrastructure, using the software to better understand the risks that might arise during large-scale and complex capital projects.

Francois Joubert, National Program Risk Manager with Transnet Capital Projects (TCP), explains: "It is a complex project environment…A project can be a like-for-like replacement, requiring a team of three people, costing less than $465,000, and have a duration of three weeks, or it can be a port infrastructure project with multiple stakeholders, costing $558M, involving 150 people, and requiring complex engineering and procurement which takes five years to complete."

Using @RISK, Joubert used TCP's existing risk registers to identify the following:

  • Where in the risk break–down structure and project type do the most significant risks appear?
  • In which risk types and project types do the most significant risks appear?
  • What is the influence of project start delay risks on the project portfolio?

Joubert says that Palisade software made this project possible. "It's an excellent decision-making tool; it provides scientific, defendable numbers for contingency, risk ranking, etc.," he says. "There are too many useful features to count—but its flexibility of use, particularly because it is Excel based—may be the most valuable."

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Clay Graham's Baseball Gaming wins 3rd place at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Risk expert, Clay Graham's 'Diamonds on the Line: Profits through Investment Gaming' paper won 3rd place in the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Research Paper Competition in Boston. The conference is the "Super Bowl" of sport analytics, with over 3100 attendees.

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