Catalyst USA, a project management solutions and authorized Oracle Primavera dealer, has hired industry veteran Douglas Coatney to head its power and utility solutions division.
Coatney brings more than 30 years of experience in the electric generation and power delivery industry. He was most recently project controls manager for power delivery at Duke Energy Corp.
Duke was not unlike most electric utility companies feeling the pressure of an aging infrastructure, too little money for projects, and increasing pressure from regulators and shareholders to justify investment decisions while delivering more power for less money.
New and creative solutions such as smart grid technology only go so far for those companies, Coatney said. There are thousands of man-hours and tens of millions of dollars wasted through ineffective planning and scheduling methods. That money could be better used to complete additional major capital projects and maintenance programs, he said.
In his new role at Catalyst, Coatney will consult with generation and power delivery clients to deliver best practices project management processes and tools. The potential cost savings from cost containment and resource loading can be realized quickly.
As an example, he cites his efforts at Duke where he instituted enterprisewide upgrades to project management tools and processes. The result was a view of all in-flight projects at the portfolio level and an unheard of 98 percent on-time efficiency with less than 1 percent budget variance.
“Utilities are expected to keep rates down, control capital and O&M spending and deliver earnings, all while having exceptional reliability,” Coatney said. “Our role is not only to identify the problems utilities face trying to achieve these results but also to help clients make the change, evaluate outcomes and implement continual process improvement. We provide an experienced, outside, unbiased perspective.”
In addition to strategic consulting, Coatney’s team at Catalyst can install software, train staff and reliably supplement a client’s team as needed.
Catalyst CEO Steve Sudler is excited to welcome Coatney on board.
“Doug’s passion for continuous process improvement fits perfectly with our approach at Catalyst and will serve our electric utility clients very well,” Sudler said. “He’s been a change agent while working in the trenches for years and now can deliver proven portfolio management solutions to our clients.”
Catalyst’s success for those clients, Coatney said, will be measured in efficiency increases and the risk mitigation brought about by real-time, transparent data.
“Our solution allows all levels—managers, owners and resources—to see the whole enterprise portfolio,” Coatney. “That knowledge drives smarter decisions about which projects to do and how to best utilize the resources they have.”
Catalyst is an Oracle Primavera Platinum Partner offering software sales and support services such as consulting, training and implementation for firms in the industrial, commercial and government building and power industries. The 16-year-old solutions-oriented company made a name for itself as a project management consultant on complex jobs. The firm’s deep knowledge of the industry and best-in-class software suites helps clients achieve greater efficiency and reduced risk. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis and has offices in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. For more information visit the website.