Managing projects in the Antarctic at APM Conference

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APM continually look to add innovative and inspirational speakers to the conference line-up. This year is no exception as delegates will hear from the project manager who delivered a truly unique building in the harshest climate on earth.

Karl TuplinKarl Tuplin, senior project manager of the Halley VI research station for the British Antarctic Survey, will speak at this years APM Project Management Conference on Thursday 13th June at Kings Place in London.

Karl has spent a large part of his career in remote parts of the world delivering construction projects.

For the last nine years he has been working for the British Antarctic Survey managing the design and build of the scientific research station in one of the most inhospitable environments in the world, Antarctica. Karl says: This project was a huge challenge and was as much about logistics and survival as it was about construction.

In an interview for the May issue of Project Karl describes how an incredibly short summer season only allows a maximum of seven weeks to work.

Karl explains: Its not very long for building a station so I decided to push the boundaries on this project.

We started flying people in and out. This increased cost but we essentially doubled the length of a season.

The first flights could land in early November and the last could take off in late February extending the work window to four months. Read the full article in Project, out in May, to discover what Karl believes was crucial to the successful delivery of Halley VI.

Karl had previously worked for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for 12 years, during which he completed two tours of the Falkland Islands managing construction projects.

Delegates who book a place at the APM Conference also have the opportunity to hear from another speaker who adapted to his surroundings while delivering a programme in such harsh environments.

Inspirational speakers

Lt Col Martin Sturgeon, an award-winning programme manager for the MoD has already been confirmed as a speaker at this years conference. Martin initiated, designed and managed the Ministry of Defences (MOD) Afghan National Security Forces Transformation Programme in Helmand Province, for which he subsequently won the APM Programme of the Year Award in 2011 and featured in a video case study.

APM continues to add some of the professions most influential figures to the speaker line-up, which also includes:

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The conference theme of Adapt! will reflect on 2012 as the coming of age year for project management and asks; what now? The APM Conference will call on the profession to adapt its thinking to address the growing expectations of society. A society with a growing intolerance to failure and that expects a world in which all projects succeed.

Adapt! will focus on flexibility, resilience and evolution. Topics that reflect the new benchmarks that 2012 set, the growing demands of customers and the more for less culture which is challenging how we think and act.

To see why the APM Project Management Conference is known for featuring the countrys most innovative and groundbreaking projects watch interviews with speakers from last years conference including Virgin Galactic, London 2012, NASA and Crossrail.






APM members 
Standard rate: from 1st April 2013                      375 per person*
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Posted on 25th Apr 2013
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