Women in project controls – Spotlight on Lucia Vernon

Women in project controls – Spotlight on Lucia Vernon

Lucia Vernon was recently promoted to Associate Director after having worked as a Senior Forensic Planning Consultant for Quantum Global Solutions in Doha, Qatar. She was born in a small village in Slovakia to parents whose dream it was to build a big house for their family. Her favourite daily game during her childhood was building sand castles. As a result, her dream was to work in construction when she grew up and wear a helmet and big boots.

Following her dream, she studied civil engineering at the Slovak University of Technology and afterwards she finished a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) in Management and Economics in the building industry. Showing her commitment to her dream, she achieved the academic honour of best student of the year. During her studies she sat in class and watched the building of Burj Al Arab in Dubai and dreamt about being a part of the Middle East construction boom.

Lucia spent her summer holidays on a students’ work program and travelled in foreign countries. She still remembers her best summer holiday working as an architect’s assistant in AX Holding Company in Malta.

After her university studies, she got a job offer from a well‐known engineering company in Slovakia, IDO Hutny Project, where she started as assistant to the project manager preparing the tender for a desalination plant in Malta. She spent four years working for this company in different job roles which led to the position of Project Control Manager. It was at this time that her dream to work abroad was re‐awakened.

 

     

Lucia gives big part of the credit for a success to AACE International. Documentation (RP and other reading materials) available on the AACE International portal helped her to learn and implement professional practices at her work. She has a lot of trust in AACE and always motivates her colleagues and friends to become members of AACE International.

 

Her first international role arrived across LinkedIn and brought her to work on the biggest dry cooled power station in the world being built at the time in South Africa. She started work there as a junior planner working for the delay expert preparing delay analyses and supporting the claim preparation team. That was the first time she used AACE International Recommended Practices at work and she started to believe that this could be the direction she should follow in the future.

After completing her job assignments in South Africa, she moved to Paris to support a renowned delay expert in preparing the delay analysis for a nuclear power station in Finland. During her time in Paris she found herself becoming more and more passionate about delay analysis and forensic planning and wanted to develop in this area.

Approximately three years ago she received an offer to work as a forensic planner for Quantum Global Solutions in Doha and moved to Qatar. Lucia adapted well to the new and challenging environment and went on to work on numerous complex projects. She has found that her proactive approach and good inter‐personal skills are essential elements to enable her to produce the required analyses for claims and produce high quality and consistent results. Lucia was also able to take formal expert witness training and undertake the role of party appointed expert and provide strategic advice on matters of delay.

Lucia gives big part of the credit for a success to AACE International. Documentation (RP and other reading materials) available on the AACE International portal helped her to learn and implement professional practices at her work. She has a lot of trust in AACE and always motivates her colleagues and friends to become members of AACE International. In 2016, she was elected to the Qatar Section Board of Directors in the capacity of director of marketing and publicity. In this role, Lucia helps the Qatar Section reach out to people and organisations in Qatar. She also helps the section by hosting regular technical workshops, such as the recent ‘Practical Training – Windows Analysis’ and best practice seminars and conferences with industry experts to further enhance awareness of AACE International among professionals in Qatar and the Middle East.

Lucia’s motto is: “Work hard, follow your dreams, and they will come true.”

Previously published in the February Edition of Source Magazine – pages 30 and 31.  Source Magazine is an AACE International publication.

Lucia Vernon, Associate Director

Lucia Vernon joined Quantum Global Solutions in late 2014 as a Senior Forensic Planning Consultant.  Lucia is an experienced Planning Engineer working as part of a team carrying out forensic delay analyses. Lucia is familiar with critical path analysis and the issuing of warning reports as well as Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) methodology for forensic delay analysis. Lucia has experience in working in following sectors including hotel development, power station construction, water and wastewater, petro-chemical development and nuclear power station construction.

 

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