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Project Management at the Engineering Firm BDI – BioEnergy International in Hong Kong

Case Study

Challenge

A bio-diesel plant to be constructed in Hong Kong harbor was to set new standards, not only with regard to technology, but also the sustainable use of waste materials. After project delays and disunity among the stakeholders with regard to the additional costs incurred, it was necessary to find a viable cost solution and quickly complete the plant. 

Success

Atreus ensured that the project was successfully completed by motivating the multinational contact partners to work together and leading the project negotiations with great skill in conflict resolution. Atreus also contributed to the optimum distribution of costs with a newly developed approach.  

Interview with Markus Dielacher, CTO, BDI – BioEnergy International

Why did you call in Atreus?

Our extensive experience with technology, in planning and construction means that we usually manage projects independently in-house until turnkey delivery. In Hong Kong, we quickly realized that the local culture and environment would have a significant impact on the progress of the project. In this situation it was sensible to entrust project management to an interim manager with experience of Asia, who would address the cooperation of all partners holistically. 

 

"The project required skills in engineering, project management and cooperation with multinational stakeholders. We knew very well that Hong Kong is no ordinary place."

Markus Dielacher, CTO, BDI - BioEnergy International
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"Although the administrative procedures in Hong Kong are very proper, they are not very transparent for foreigners. The Atreus manager really helped us here."

Markus Dielacher, CTO, BDI - BioEnergy International

Nevertheless, you initially managed the project on your own.

Yes, and as long as the critical processes were related to our own sphere of activity, this was the right decision. At the actual place where it all happened, on the construction site in Hong Kong itself, we were confronted with unusual situations that required special experiences and a new approach. 

What were the issues that the Atreus manager was employed to resolve?

The contractor had wanted the plant to be constructed partly by our own specialists and partly by local subcontractors. We then realized that the local workers were used to much tighter control of progress by the project management than was necessary for our other projects. Some decisions could also only be made be someone who knew Hong Kong well: for example, how long you can continue to work on a construction site after a typhoon has been forecast. 

Markus Dielacher is CTO and a Member of the Board at BDI. He is responsible for technology and project management. He has worked as BDI since 1998: first in procurement, then as Head of Project Management and Head of Project Development, and since 2010 as Director of Lignosol Technology GmbH.

 

"The Atreus manager suggested very innovative solutions and assumed a mediator role that was key for the success of the project."

Markus Dielacher, CTO, BDI - BioEnergy International

Did the Atreus manager have to solve cultural rather than technical problems, then?

Naturally, he had expertise in engineering projects, but he also had the ability to motivate the multinational partners to work together. The Atreus manager quickly succeeded in getting the local partners to effectively support overall success in those areas in which local institutions simply have better access and leverage. 

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"Atreus gave us exactly the right man for the job - it wasn’t just his résumé that was convincing, but also his personal style of leadership."

Markus Dielacher, CTO, BDI - BioEnergy International

Was the Atreus manager able to make this connection?

Yes, he did so very well - we got exactly the right man for the job. The Atreus manager’s suitability was not just obvious from his résumé (a German engineer with in-depth project management experience in the construction of large-scale facilities and many years experience of living in China), but also his personal style of leadership. 

Atreus is the leading interim management provider in Germany and one of the largest in its field in Europe. We solve difficult operational management and transformation problems quickly and reliably. Contact us and find out how we can help you master your situation with management expertise that is available at short notice and that is the perfect fit for you.

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