Managing Project Management Challenges in Mega Projects Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project (A Case Study)

Date: Monday 27th April, 2015

Speaker: Ammarah Shahzad, PMP, PMI-RMP

Islamabad is the Capital City of Pakistan and the ninth largest city in the country. Located within the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), the population of the city has grown from 100,000 in 1951 to 1.30 million in 2012. The greater Islamabad – Rawalpindi Metropolitan Area is the third largest conurbation in Pakistan with a population of over 4.5 million inhabitants. Since its foundation, Islamabad has attracted people from all over country, making it one of the most cosmopolitan and urbanized cities of the country.

The Twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are growing at a rate of more than 4 percent per annum (a higher rate than national growth rate, due to significant migration). With present growth trends it is expected that the population would increase to 7 million in twenty years.

The concept of Metro Bus System (MBS) is a rapid mode of transportation that can provide the quality of rail transit with the flexibility of buses. MBS has been implemented in several cities throughout the world as a low-cost, rail-like method of moving people quickly and efficiently. It has also been successfully implemented as an incremental approach to provide transit solutions in order to address roadway congestion.

In the seminar, the speaker will discuss the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project, which is nearing its completion as a case study. Managing a mega infra-structure project such as the MBS project faces many challenges from initiating to planning, execution and closing. Some of these challenges will be highlighted and discussed during the presentation.


The speaker for the seminar is Ammarah Shahzad, PMP, PMI-RMP
Ammarah is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP) from Project Management Institute, USA. With Bachelors in Civil Engineering, and Masters in Engineering Management (2008) from UET. She has over 10 years of experience with a track record in all facets of project management, construction management and business acquisitions. Early years of her career highlights experience in fields of planning, cost control which later moved towards contracts management, risk management, proposals and now business acquisition of projects in Pakistan and Middle East. She has worked with both the Contractor and Consultant organizations of International stature that led her to gain, multi-diverse rich experience of managing and coordinating Construction Projects.

She has worked on projects such as Satpara Dam project, Skardu, Engro Fertilizer expansion project, Daharki, 225MW Bhikki Power plant, Installation of 100 filtration plants for arsenic removal for Lahore City.
She has memberships of Project Management Institute (PMI) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). She has worked in Descon Engineering on infrastructure and Plant Construction Projects. Currently she is working with NESPAK as Project Coordinator.
She currently hold the volunteer portfolio of Director Memberships, in PMI Lahore, Pakistan Chapter.

The program for this event is as follow:

Venue:   Café BISTRO 201 Upper Mall Lahore

Timings:  4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Program: Registration:   4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

                Seminar Q&A:   4:15 PM - 6:15 PM

                Hi Tea:   6:15 PM - 6:30 PM

PDU: 2

Participation Fee On Spot: For Members: Rs.600
                                          For Non-Members: Rs.1000

Contact: Farooq Afzal, Coordinator, PMI Lahore Chapter

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