‘Fast Five’ with Martin Abell – Projects, General Manager

As a Project Manager with over 18 years of experience, successfully delivering projects in complex environments for multinational blue chip organisations, in addition to holding roles as a Construction Manager and Design Manager, Martin has gained an in-depth knowledge and capability to deliver both greenfield and brownfield projects with a focus on strong safety management in construction and meeting all client expectations.

With an ability to seamlessly integrate into a client’s practices and culture, Martin will bring an effective and pragmatic approach to the delivery of a client’s requirements.

The diverse range of projects and business sectors which Martin has worked in has led to a thorough understanding of various business sectors and their requirements and the ability to advise on them.

What are some of the biggest challenges facing NSW in 2017?

There are a number of challenges, with the most prominent being housing, both availability and affordability, and also transportation, particularly around Sydney. Planned growth is required, however transportation must complement the growth.

What upcoming major development do you think will have the greatest impact on Sydney as a city?

There are a considerable number of projects under development currently which will impact an extensive number people, however in the long-term, the introduction of the Western Sydney Airport, is likely to be the largest project NSW will see for some time. With the creation of jobs during design development and construction, followed by direct employment as an operational airport, the Western Sydney Airport will complement the continued drive for population and economic growth.

Who are you backing to win the EPL premiership in 2017? 

Originating from England, therefore fully aware of the ‘input’ I am likely to receive from admitting to Arsenal being my premiership team, and yes, I realise it has been quite some time since silverware has been received, but then I also strongly follow the six nations, and union in general, where England are going rather well.

What will Australian Cities look like in the next 50 years?  And How do we get there?

I’d like to think they look similar to what they do now, with the addition of easy accessibility, and maybe a taller skyline. Fifty years will see all of the current infrastructure projects completed and Western Sydney Airport fully functioning. Sydney and Australia hopefully will have embraced automated vehicles, although not necessarily reducing the number of vehicles on the road, but those that remain will be utilised more efficiently.

How has technology impacted the evolution of project management?

Technology has assisted project management by meeting the needs for documentation storage and retrieval, however this doesn’t necessary translate to a project success. The application of leadership will dominate the success of projects and Kerzner (2006) has stated that projects fail due to people related issues, such as poor morale, poor human relations and lack of commitment. This said, technology permits project managers to communicate with extensive numbers of project staff over potentially large geographical areas, therefore introducing efficiencies by removing the constraints of travel and the like. As projects increase in size and complexity the need for document storage increases, and upon completion of projects the requirement to be able to transfer knowledge such as lessons learnt, is essential – technology permits this.

If You Could Time Travel, Would You Go To The Past Or The Future?

I’d go to the future. There are plenty of books referencing the past, however to be able to see the world in 10, 50 or 100’s of years’ time and the impact technology will have is something I’d love to see.

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If you would like to know more about:

  • MacroPlan’s project management service offering;
  • How our integrated property advisory capabilities are changing landscape of project management; or
  • Our project management capabilities across waste management, hospitality, retail, residential and urban planning

Contact Martin Abell today:

Martin Abell, General Manager – Projects
martin.abell@macroplan.com.au
or 0403 750 255

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