IT 480 – Project Management for IT
01 May 2013
The Hoover Dam – Major Deliverable and Biggest Challenges
When the Hoover Dam was built, the concept of Project Management was most likely not very close to what it is today. Back then, the things that got built, buildings, dams and so on, all had the basic simple goal of just being completed.
I am sure that the major deliverable of the project was to complete the dam and use it to produce electricity (hydro-electric) for a large area of the great southwest and as well provide a water source for that same area. The project was conceived with those goals in mind at the outset. It was a huge undertaking and no matter who was actually in charge, they had to build something that never existed before, anywhere in the world.
Of course the two biggest challenges are quite obvious when you stop and think about such a huge project. One of those challenges had to be the control of the water behind the dam and the second biggest challenge was surely the sheer size of the dam itself.
Management of the dam’s construction was one of the largest undertakings in the world at that time. Indeed, you could even say of all time, since it has become one of the Seven Wonders of the Man-Made World.
I had the opportunity to visit the dam on my way across the U.S. back in the mid-seventies. It was so awe-inspiring to look at, and wonder how the heck they were able to build it.