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Methodology Procedures

Projects covered include state-owned and private projects in the Infrastructure, Electric Power, Oil Gas (excluding upstream), Water and Waste, and Mining sectors.

Where applicable, a project is considered as such until the end of construction and ramp-up to full capacity (with the exception of mining projects, where the date of commissioning signifies the end of the project). Projects must have a:

a) Start date b) Estimate for completion c) Initial investment estimate

For state-owned projects, initial information about the start date and estimates for completion and investment are taken from original signed contracts, along with addendums and annexes.

If original contracts cannot be obtained, information is taken from public documents, presentations, news articles from BNamericas archives, and external sources.

In cases where contracts are subject to approval by legislators, the start date is the date of the law or legislative approval.

In the case of private projects, information is taken from public sources, such as stock exchange filings, annual reports, company presentations, third party research and press releases.

In judging the timing of investment decisions for private projects, great care was taken to differentiate between large projects receiving environmental approval and proceeding directly to construction, and smaller projects where the investment decision hinges on securing financing.

Best care is taken to ensure that recorded data is correct at the time of entry and that each entry is backed with a relevant source.

The greatest care possible was taken to ensure consistency of information in order make a like-for-like comparison in project costs. Insofar as the figures rely on disclosure by the organization or company responsible, the figures can be considered to be conservative in nature.

No attempt was made to adjust figures for inflation during the course of research or for consideration of the time value of money.

In the case of state-owned projects, validation is carried out where possible with either a member of the consortium, EPC contractor, a relevant state agency or advisors to either party.

Projects costs are measured in US dollars. Where project costs are measured in a local currency, amounts are converted to US dollars at the date of the relevant announcement, signature or report.

The severity of deviation from original estimates is defined according to set criteria.

Changes in scope beyond the start date are not accounted for.

Where guidance is non-specific as to dates for completion, the following is used. Project to be completed by 2018 = December 31, 2017 Project to be completed in 2018 = December 31, 2018

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Elegant. Sophisticated. Luxurious. Refined. Opulent. I could keep going on.

I knew before our trip began that it would be amazing. After all, it was Thanksgiving weekend, and here we were in Vietnam walking through the doors into the Park Hyatt Saigon ! Yet again, I was thinking, is this a dream?

Park Hyatt Saigon

Dave and I spent four days in the bustling city of endless motor scooters known as Ho Chi Minh City. The Park Hyatt was our oasis. As a Hyatt Diamond Gold Passport member (now Globalist World of Hyatt), I used a Diamond Suite Upgrade and we stayed in an exquisite suite. We each had one free anniversary night from the Chase Hyatt Visa card, so two of the nights were entirely complimentary!

The trip only looked expensive. Our flights on American Airlines and Japan Airlines cost roughly about $500 each. Add on the Vietnamese Visa ($80 each), meals and the hotel, and it was totally “affordable luxury.”

Park Hyatt Saigon entry/lobby

The gorgeous Park Lounge, where you could relax with afternoon tea or an evening cocktail

The front desk (note the Gauguin style):

I expected a beautiful suite, but our room totallysurpassed my expectations. The suite consisted of a large living room area, a small kitchen area, a bedroom, and a dressing room before entering the bathroom.

The living room area:

Thoughtful welcome note, a bottle of French wine and some cookies. Simply divine!

Fresh fruit, replenished daily

OMG, the carpet!

The kitchen area:

The bedroom was also beautiful:

The closet/dressing room:

The bathroom:

Loved the Cochine Toiletries!

Nice view of the pool from our window:

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A couple of months ago I moved from a senior engineer position to being an engineering manager on a medium sized team. I've found this role change come with a steep learning curve: many things that mattered when I was an individual contributor - like writing good code and teaching others engineering best practices - suddenly became less important. Other things that I paid less attention to the past - like time management strategies and learning about my new role - became things I need to focus on much more. In this post I'm summarizing what worked well for me during the early phase of this transition.

Mentors matter - especially within the company

When I started my first job I was convinced I had software engineering figured out. This was due having finished my masters in the upper half of the class and having built a few small and moderately successful projects on the side. Turns out, despite these I was as junior as any fresh grad when it came to engineering in the real world. It would take me years of hard work to get from this junior level to something more senior. Looking back, it is also clear how mentors helped me grow much faster professionally - most of whom I've met by chance on the way.

Now that I was starting on a new position, I wasn't kidding myself that just because I have some tech lead experience, read some books on management and know how to code, I have any of engineering management figured out. What I did know from experience though is that mentors do make a big difference. I wanted to make sure mentoring won't happen by accident.

This was the first time I was looking in a targeted way for a mentor. As engineering management expectations can be different from company to company and I work at a larger one, I was keen to find a mentor within the company to start with. However, I didn't have a clear idea on how exactly this works. I asked for help from my management chain, who in return connected me with people I both look up to and can learn tons from - as well as had the bandwidth to take on another mentee.

So far having a mentor - and one who is inside the company, but outside my management chain - has felt very helpful. Because my mentor is further away from what I do, it feels I get independent advice, from a birds eye view. However, given my mentor is within the company, they also give me a lot of insight and ideas that are specific to the environment I'm working in. It's hard to see the effect of mentorship the short term, but it already gives me additional confidence to have someone I trust provide me with regular and candid feedback.

I had a solid understanding of my previous individual contributor role. But what really is an engineering manager? Are they a tech lead who also do 1:1s and performance reviews? Are they expected to coach and / or mentor team members? Should they still code? Are they responsible for only the team executing well, or also in setting the direction or strategy? These were just a few questions I had.

Ângela : Prefiro vinho. Obrigada.

Alexandre : What do you want to drink? Wine or beer?

Ângela : I prefer wine. Thanks.

4 Power Tips to Avoid Mistakes with the Verb Preferir Tip # 1

When using Preferir followed by another verb, use the other verb in the Infinitive (base form):

= I prefer to drive to work when it is raining.

= I prefer to leave early so I don’t get there at the last minute.

Tip # 2

When saying that you prefer one thing over the other, use the preposition “a”:


= Joana prefer forró over samba.

= I prefer the summer over the winter.

Two quick notes:

Don’t mix up the preposition “a” and the article “a”. These are two different things.

In the examples above, when we say “Joana prefere forró a samba”, we are using the preposition “a”.

When we say “Prefiro o verão ao inverno”, we are contracting the preposition “a” and the article “o”.

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You will hear people saying “do que” , such as in:

This is common in spoken Brazilian Portuguese, but grammatically it is not recommended.

Tip # 3

If you use Preferir + que , you need to use the present subjunctive after it. In the examples below, the underlined verbs are in the present subjunctive conjugation.

Preferir + que

= I prefer that you tell the truth.

= He prefers that we get there early.

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Tip # 4

You will hear people saying mais (more), muito mais (much more), mil vezes (a thousand times), and other similar expressions to emphasize their preference. Although this is common in spoken Brazilian Portuguese, it is grammatically incorrect. Here is an example:

muito mais mil vezes

Grammatically, it is better to leave that “muito mais” out.

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