A workable teamwork approach to construction management reduces the chance of costly misunderstandings.The external interface management process is useful to ensure that the myriad of project elements are properly coordinated, responsibilities assigned, problems identified, conflicts resolved, resolutions documented and roles understood by all involved. Until the advent of deepwater oil and gas projects with global participants, formal communication procedures for parties responsible for certain deliverables had not generally been considered a necessity. On shallow-water projects, the basic facility was typically designed and engineered principally by a single firm, and one...

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