Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2002


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management in Engineering and Technology

Course Number

EMGT 545/645


Emergency management -- Planning, Emergency management -- Communication systems, Project management, Engineering management, Emergency management -- Government policy


The field of emergency management is fast becoming an area of interest for many technology managers. Recent discoveries in the laboratories are continuing to find innovations in the private sector and the mainstream. It is just such innovations that are changing the field of emergency project management.

Typically, the goals of emergency response projects revolve around reducing the loss of life, maintaining survival of response workers, and providing recovery to normal operations as quickly as possible. The success measurements in emergency projects are more concentrated on the time and performance factors than on the cost of the project. It is because of the unique characteristics of such projects, many organizational issues become critical.

The objective of this report is to outline the different phases and critical organizational issues that arise in emergency projects, as well as many project planning and decision support tools that are being applied in the field of project management. As a case study, the report discusses the emergency response and recovery project for Ground Zero Recovery Effort. Within this case, the organizational and responsibility structure is outlined, as are the many tools used in the project. Finally, the implications of the various planning, decision support, and technology tools on the field of emergency project management and the Ground Zero project are brought to light.

Note: The presentation associated with this report is included here as a supplemental file.


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