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September 10 2018
1. Where were you born, and where did you grow up? I’m from Malaysia, which is composed of two regions – West Malaysia and East Malaysia. The capital is Kuala...
August 27 2018
Planning for a business expansion? Often this will involve a steep learning curve when it comes to the new risks, costs and resources involved. One of our clients,...
August 20 2018
Every project is unique with its own set of contractual requirements, and each carries with it a definitive scope and objectives. A thorough schedule analysis...
August 13 2018
If you fail to regularly update your project schedule, it's not worth the software it's written on! Project schedules. Get them wrong, and you have no way of effectively...

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1. Where were you born, and where did you grow up?

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Planning for a business expansion? Often this will involve a steep learning curve when it comes to the new risks, costs and resources involved.

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In this more advanced 'how-to' we are going to show you how to create a standalone database for Deltek Cobra. In this scenario we have already defined a datasource that is connected to another database server. We are going to define a new data source that points to a local database server.

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Every project is unique with its own set of contractual requirements, and each carries with it a definitive scope and objectives.

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If you fail to regularly update your project schedule, it's not worth the software it's written on!

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Shutdowns are a risky business. It means essentially switching off business as usual industrial operations until planned maintenance has been completed, and any delays can end up costing millions of dollars.

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In our previous article on capturing phase-gate budgets we outlined how simple it is to capture the agreed baseline time-phased budget using a different cost class. This particular approach is a good and simplified way for smaller projects and organisations to implement baseline change control without increasing the amount of effort required to keep track of the baseline and its changes.

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In our previous post we looked at bringing your project's budget into Cobra based on a pre-defined control account and work package structure. What might surprise new users of this software is that you can copy the Budget into another cost class for reference later on.

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Yesterday our Managing Director, Matt Betros, had the pleasure of presenting GBA's experience to the students of Torrens University. As part of the presentation on Enterprise Environmental Factors and Impact Anlaysis Matt provided a demonstration on the real-world application of risk identification and the development of an impacted risk plan using Primavera Risk Analysis, PRA (formally Pertmaster).

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One of the great things about the latest major version of Primavera P6 is how users can harness the simplistic power of the SQLite database platform. SQLite is a self-contained serverless database engine and was introduced as a database option in P6 8.4. It is truely the perfect database solution for the single user of P6 who doesnt need the major overhead of a fully-fledged database platform.

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This time-saving tip will help you define a Microsoft Project filter which takes a simple prompt for a date, rather than having to redefine the filter all the time.

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On todays rambling about Deltek Cobra we're going to follow on from our previous article on setting up control accounts and work packages and focus on budget imports. We're going to use our same simple example project of course and showcase the relative ease at which this product can handle things.

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“If you rely on software alone, chances are your project will fail.”

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The concept of Earned Value Management can be daunting for new starters and certainly for new users of Deltek Cobra, getting your head around the setup of a new project can be tedious and frustrating. So we've compiled this short article to help other new starters get up to speed quickly on what is a pretty simple, yet powerful cost management tool.

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For most people learning Deltek Cobra for the first time theres a lot to learn to get up to speed. Luckily the new version of Cobra helps novice users get up and running quickly through the numerous enhancements made to the user interface and functionality.

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We've certainly been busy here at GBA Projects but we've found enough time to take the new and improved Deltek Cobra 8.2 out for a spin. The third community update has been released and we thought we'd put it through its paces.

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Deltek's major revision of its EVM system, Cobra, has certainly caught a lot of attention especially with its new features and new look user interface. As you can see the new ribbon makes things a lot simpler for first time users.

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Since 1986, Greg Betros has held the position of Managing Director at GBA Projects. For 31 years under Greg's watch, the company has continued to deliver new success stories with over 750 projects delivered globally. The company now employs 20 people in three states - the largest it has been in its 31 year history.

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The devastation of the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal left almost 9000 people deceased and many left homeless. Nick Abraham, a cousin of the Betros Family, was a 20 year old carpenter travelling Australia when he befriended some Nepali whilst working in Darwin.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2016 - 30 Years of Success

On the 22nd of August 1986, G. G. Betros & Associates was born and 2012 saw it’s rebranding to GBA Projects. Today marks the 30th birthday for a company whose humble beginnings started in the family home in Coromandel Valley, Adelaide.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2015 - Award Winning

2015 was a jaw dropping year for markets and investors and it had a major impact on businesses all over the world. Our small business was not exempt from the dramas unfolding within a tumultuous economy. The up-and-down turbulence within the chinese economy had great impacts on the mining sector and the wide spread over production of oil meant a sharp down turn on oil prices.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2014 - The New Royal Adelaide Hospital

As I walked to work this morning I noticed my iPhone had gone crazy with LinkedIn notifications. Apparently it was my 13th anniversary, that is 13 years at GBA Projects. And then, just this afternoon following a meeting regarding the New Royal Adelaide Hospital my phone buzzed at me to write this weeks 30 years in 30 weeks article.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2013 - Turnarounds Galore

April 2012 had seen company Director Luke Betros take on a full-time role, having previously worked for AECOM at the Incitec Pivot (IPL) Plant at Mount Isa. During the later part of 2012, Luke had played a pivotal role in establishing GBA's presence as project control SME's on the "Turnaround Scene". So it was only natural that by 2013, GBA Projects had started to gain a reputation for specialising in Turnaround systems and scheduling.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2012 - the rebranding

As we progress closer to the 30th week, we look at 2012, a special year for our company. Up until 2012, GBA Projects had flown by the name of G G Betros & Associates, a small family owned business with many close relationships to other similar businesses in Australia. And so in January of 2012, The name was shortened and we slapped "PROJECTS" on the end!

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2011 - Proud South Aussies

As 2011 began, the company was actively engaged in numerous projects across the city. Matt returned from Adelaide (from the UK) in April of that year and began providing support to BHP Billiton and Santos. Santos had begun to expand it's project services department which meant providing support to a handlful of projects (initially) but as the year drew to a close approximately 50 projects had their PDF schedules stamped with the GBA name!

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In late 2009 we received a phone call from Sembawang Engineers in Singapore who were looking for assistance in preparing and submitting numerous extensions of time for one of their major contracts, C421 - "Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway". Not much can be said (at this point) as the dispute is still currently in progress, however this one phone call led to 5 additional engagements across other projects such as "Mass Rapid Transit – Circle Line", "Lower Seletar Woter Works" and a tender for the Jurong Ship Yards.

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As most small business owners appreciate, we often rely on word-of-mouth to meet new people and source fresh opportunities. our year in 2009 was such a year where one phone call from a past client changed the company dynamic for the next 5 years.

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Last week we looked at late 2007 which saw GBA Projects engaged to provide project control services to ElectraNet SA for their Adelaide Central Reinforcement project. This development originally included the establishment of a 275/66 kV substation at Keswick Terminal which was to be supplied with high-voltage electricity from Torrens Island via a new transmission line. It was to be connected to ElectraNet’s telecommunications network via a new underground fibre-optic cable.

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In early 2007, GBA Projects continued to provide support to Adelaide University's capital works program. During this time, Greg received a call from KBR who had been engaged to provide support services to BHP Billiton for the pre-feasibility study of the Olympic Dam expansion project (ODX). Specifically for the mine materials handling portion of the work.

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Greg, as MD of GBA Projects, completed our commitments with the EOS JV project in April 2006. With a back that could only be described as 'shot to bits', Greg returned from Brisbane in April 2006 to have his back fixed. The operation required 5 months of rest and this meant that in the middle of 2006, things were pretty quiet at GBA Projects.

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