2KM From Home, the online tool that enables people to identify their individual lockdown travel limits, has been revealed as the winner of the Special Covid-19 Response Award at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) National Project Awards, held in partnership with PwC.

Developer Dave Bolger created the 2KM From Home website on the evening of 27 March 2020, following the Government’s announcement that day of travel restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. The website’s map allowed the public to easily visualise what radius they could travel and exercise within under the then-2km limit and was adapted to include other distances as restrictions evolved. On the first day of operation, over 800,000 people visited the site.

A further five winners, all excelling within the project management discipline, were also announced at the virtual awards ceremony. The Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year was awarded to Revenue PMO for the team’s “comprehensive approach to developing and imbedding project management ways of working across the organisation”. Jonny Mooney of Expleo, who was highlighted for his “great ability to use both the science and the art of project management to achieve project success”, was recognised as Project Professional of the Year.

Public Sector Project of the Year went to the Tallaght University Hospital for its Reeves Day Surgery Centre Project which saw the opening of a new 3,460 sq m facility to eliminate long wait times for routine day surgery and increase elective day surgery activity.

The Private Sector Project of the Year was awarded to Bank of Ireland – Retail Ireland for its End-to-end Customer Transformation Programme, which heralded a transformation of Bank of Ireland’s systems and culture. The award for Project Management for Social Good went to the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland for its Pan African Paediatric Surgery E-Learning Platform, a free-to-use service which supports the training of much-needed paediatric surgeons across Africa.

Ireland Chapter
Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) National Project Awards in association with PwC are (l-r) Jackie Glynn, Ireland Chapter of PMI President; Special Covid-19 Response Award winner Dave Bolger; and Féilim Harvey, Partner in PwC, heading up their Portfolio and Programme Management Practice in Ireland.

Speaking about the award-winners, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI Jackie Glynn, said: “Over the past year, we have seen exceptional work and resilience from those working within all facets of the project management industry, in circumstances unlike any experienced before. From prioritising public health here and overseas to pivoting services to ensure customer experience, we were truly impressed by the standard of the submissions. The winners announced today exemplify the best in our profession and highlight the myriad benefits effective project management brings to an organisation.

“The response to this year’s Special Covid-19 Response Award was also phenomenal, with almost 3,000 public votes cast for our shortlist of worthy entrants. Our winner 2KM From Home is a project that has had a tangible impact on our day-to-day lives. In March 2020, there was so much uncertainty about the practical implications of the newly introduced travel restrictions. Dave Bolger analysed the issue, and within 24 hours, had delivered an easy-to-use platform that solved an immediate problem facing the public in Ireland, and globally.”

Féilim Harvey, Partner in PwC, heading up their Portfolio and Programme Management Practice in Ireland, and Awards sponsor, commented: ”PwC is delighted to once again support the National Project Awards celebrating project management excellence throughout Ireland.

“Project managers are integral to success in Irish business and our ability to remain agile and competitive. This has been tested more than ever over the last twelve months through the pandemic. Project Managers have responded to this challenge and we have seen amazing projects undertaken to keep our people safe; to reach customers in different way through lockdown; and indeed to allow many of us to work from home.

“PwC is delighted to be part of recognising the impact our project management community has made this year through the National Project Management Awards and we have commissioned a very special Covid-19 Response Award, showcasing the projects that have made a real difference for us all in responding to the pandemic.

“Our recent 2021 Project Management Pulse Survey underlines the resilience of project management in Ireland and shows that project managers are confident about the future. There is a clear trend towards investment in digital technologies to enable project management as we adjust to the new ways of working.  Whilst Covid-19 has caused widespread disruption, our research shows it has also provided momentum and an opportunity to reconfigure our business models for the long term”.

Ms. Glynn expressed her appreciation to the judging panel for their work in selecting the winners. She also thanked the National Project Awards’ sponsors — PwC, along with Aspira, Breast Cancer Ireland, Institute of Public Administration and Progressive Financial Services.

Special Covid-19 Response Award (sponsored by PwC): 2KM From Home
Project Management for Social Good (in association with Breast Cancer Ireland): RSCI (Royal College of Surgeons) – Pan African Paediatric Surgery E-Learning Platform 
Public Sector Project of the Year (sponsored by Institute of Public Administration): Tallaght University Hospital – Reeves Day Surgery Centre Project 
Private Sector Project of the Year (sponsored by Progressive Financial Services): Bank of Ireland – Retail Ireland – End-to-end Customer Transformation Programme 
PMO of the Year (sponsored by Aspira): Revenue PMO
Project Professional of the Year (sponsored by Ireland Chapter of PMI): Jonny Mooney – Expleo

Denise Maguire   Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine