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How do you feel when a project is due to ship in two-weeks time?  Now how about one-week?  Is there a sense of confidence or sheer panic?  When it’s crunch time who/what do you turn to make your deadline?  There are only two choices:  One, ramp up with resources to get the job done. OR, Two, go to your customer and explain why you won’t make your deadline.  (Side note:  When it comes to excuses, I always think of John Belushi in the movie, Blues Brothers, giving Carrie Fisher a long list of why he couldn’t make it to their wedding.)

We know that the two options have serious problems.  If we ramp up resources, our margins slip away fast.  When we go to our customer with a list of why we can’t, we look incompetent and incapable of completing a task we said we could do.  Neither of the two options sound very appealing to me, yet businesses engage in them countless times, usually, with no shame.

How then, do we carry our project through on time and on budget and mitigate the risks and unknown problems that may arise during the project lifespan?  Two words: Hard Work.

It takes hard work to plan out resourcing and stay on task.  It takes hard work to stay motivated to see a project to its completion, but the payoff – well, it’s usually worth the hard work.   Usually, there are simple steps that we can take to make sure we stay on task and that our hard work is not in vain.

Years ago, a mentor of mine encouraged me to write on a 3×5 note card the three most important things I had to do the next day.  (At the end of my day, everyday)  That way, when you come in the next day, you know exactly where to start and what is important to accomplish.  The great thing about this advice is that it keeps you on track in the midst of a chaotic day.

Another great tip from my mentor is to hold a 10 minute meeting at the beginning of each day with various leads and managers of the project that is in progress.  This gives you as project manager  the forum to ask of your leads:  “What are your priorities for the day?”  This in turn, leads to greater communication and accountability within the team.

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As the alternative energy industry argues who the winners and losers are in renewable based energy it is fair to say that consumers are so far unimpressed.  This is not to say that there isn’t progress being made by the industry, rather no one has yet to power their livelihoods on anything other than energy substantially generated from fossil fuels.  There are way’s to buy renewable energy credits and be a “green” consumer but there is no real way to differentiate where your energy is actually coming from.  E-85 and Bio-Diesl are good ways to reduce ones carbon footprint but our energy consumption is much greater than just our transportation needs.

Energy is one of the most important commodities of our society and economy.  However, It is ironic that the importance for us to have continuous and reliable energy has failed to launch much ingenuity or alternative in the past decades.  As the United States and Europe begin to face the reality that fossil fuels cannot be the only solution to our energy consumption, Precision Pipe has developed breakthrough technology which has the potential to change the way the world powers itself in the coming century.

Just this week Precision Pipe has successfully operated a 25 k/W generator set, for several hours, entirely powered by sewage sludge.  A bunch of nice people have, albeit unknown to them, created 1/10th of a megawatt of electricity by simply doing their business and flushing their toilets.  The potential this technology has is to take the worst of our waste problems and create a value added energy source.  This would be a first, both fiscally and physically as other groups have produced renewable energy from sewage before.  However, until now no one has been able to do it in a way that creates a positive cash flow and a reasonable ROI in a short amount of time.

Precision Pipe is in the position to bring to market this new technology which brings alternative to our communities energy needs. Suddenly, municipalities have a potential revenue stream off of what is now considered a liability.  Sewage sludge, garbage, biomass, and other waste streams have the potential to create electricity with minimal emissions, steam or heat, transportation fuels, and synthetic natural gas.  The life of a landfill will be multiplied many times over  and the volume of waste streams is reduced up to 80% of it’ s current volume. In addition to creating new revenue streams this would save cities and counties potentially millions of dollars in transportation and new land fill costs.

Although this technology isn’t the perfect solution for every application, it is however, a viable solution and a true alternative to energy needs and waste disposal problems today. This technology is ready to change the way the world powers itself.

http://www.Precision-Pipe.com

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