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September 25th, by Jim In the annals of project management literature, there are few stories as compelling as that of the Denver International Airport DIA. The main reason pointed to for the delay was scope changes requested by United Airlines.
Italics and boldface are mine. If you want to read the full story, there are many case studies on the Internet. For the record, DIA is, of course, open. So this is not the story of a project that was abandoned. It is the story of a technology project run amok, which became much harder and much more expensive than it ever had to.
There are far too many reasons underlying this fiasco to fit in this post. I will focus here on three, summarizing some others below: They represent the vast majority of the scope changes requested by the airlines.
In short, everyone involved underestimated the complexity of the system. But even when it was pointed out that A the system was too complex and B no bidder could build it on time, the decision was made to go ahead anyway. See below, Project Management Expertise.
And even if the complexity issue had been factored in — and solved- it never occurred to anyone to update the original schedule, much less budget. Operating at 20 MPH, it could deliver 60, bags per hour from dozens of gates.
To illustrate the complexity of the situation, consider taxicabs in a major city, all without drivers, being controlled by a computer through the streets of a city. For the record, there were some design changes. In Aprilthe airport arranged for a demonstration of what is likely the most complex — luggage handling system ever built.
Alas, without informing BAE Systems, who designed it. In a nutshell, bags were crushed, clothes disgorged, and public humiliation was had. Jay Leno, then of the Tonight Show, had a field day with it.The Denver International Airport was built and finally opened on February 28, It took the project nearly six years to complete with project costs initially estimated at $ billion to the final cost of $ billion.
From the case study in Project management: a systems approach to planning. Jurisdictions adjacent to or near the airport were major stakeholders of the visioning study including Adams County, Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City and Denver.
Economic development corporations, transportation agencies, and other infrastructure agencies were also involved in the study effort. Airport Parking is frequently at or near capacity. If possible use alternative means of transportation to and from the airport Have a nice trip!
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