University of Sydney

The Australian Business Award for Project Management recognises organisations that have achieved outstanding results through excellence in project management.

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The University of Sydney is one of Australia’s longest standing and prestigious universities, providing a range of educational and research outcomes for more than 160 years. In January the university opened a new building as a result of their Abercrombie Project, which saw their ICT team collaborate with partners from across the university to implement a state of the art technology facility.

The Abercrombie Project’s primary goal was to introduce technology into a new building that would function as a world-class Business School. The University ICT team were involved in the Abercrombie Project from the outset, designing project user groups to explore innovative ideas and concepts from an early stage. Many of these groups visited other Universities for inspiration, and it was agreed that the ICT project would manage and oversee the design and implementation of all technology components necessary for the project to be a success.

The technology project panned a duration of three years, from design in 2013 to completion in 2016. This included extensive collaboration from groups within the University as well as with external agencies. All parties used the Aconex system to share project correspondence so that relevant parties were across decision making and planning. When faced with delays in site construction due to inclement weather and complexities with change of ownership of the builder, the ICT team responded by taking initiative and drafting its own project schedule. This was achieved by using knowledge from prior projects, as well as implementing a new process whereby network and AV equipment was built and tested off-site before being transported into the new building. This strategy helped to mitigate risk and reduce development time, overcoming delays and thus contributing significantly to the success of the project.

This, aided by close collaboration between the ICT team and the Faculty of Business, resulted in the project being completed on time and on budget. Following the opening of the facility more than 15,000 devices connect to its dedicated Wi-Fi service daily. The University of Sydney has been recognised with a Project Management Award in the Australian Business Awards 2016 for the successful management of the Abercrombie project from design to completion.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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