Advanced Work Packaging (AWP)

AU 2020 - Digital Transformation for AWP - Key Takeaways - v4.pdf

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Digital Transformation for AWP Virtual Event & Conversation with Kim Arrant of Aptim, VP of Business Transformation. Key Takeaways Why Implement AWP? • Realize intended benefits such as improved work planning which drive higher efficiencies, lower costs, and improved safety. Enable field staff to drive productivity. • Become more competitive in the small/mid cap construction markets because AWP is NOT only for large projects • Implementation of technology to support work flows is NOT the same as implementing AWP practices. Software tools follow AWP practices. How Did You Identify the Workflows to be Supported by AWP and Who Participated in These Decisions? • Involved foremen and field staff to identify mission critical workflows and evaluate software solutions. • Adopted a technology platform approach using scalable point solutions that were best in class for a given workflow: o Drawing/Documentation for Field Access: Autodesk – PlanGrid; o Time Mgmt: HCSS – Heavy Job; o Material Mgmt: Intelliwave – SiteSense; o IWP Planning: IConstruct What Challenges Were Encountered During Implementation and How Did You Resolve Them? • Mid level management resistance to change. Involve this layer when process and point solutions are being developed/chosen. • Incomplete data delivered in the design model and lack of vendor/subcontractor data requirements. Specify AWP data requirements as early as possible for the design model and equipment provided by the client and third-party vendors. How Has AWP and Use of Technology Impacted Actual Performance? • Construct-X evaluated current project which revealed: o 75% Direct Activity level and 81% Time on Tools (industry average of 35%) o Using material mgmt. software and barcode scanners, checked in 4,500 pipe spools in 3 days What Advice Do You have for Others Implementing an AWP Technology Platform? • Understand the problem(s) you are solving and focus on mission critical activities. • Train to the process first, then software tools. • Involve field level staff in creation of the process and identification of tech solutions. • Select best in class tech solutions for each workflow to create the AWP platform. • Set reasonable goals for implementation to sustain user engagement and motivation. What's Next? • Integration of point solution data streams to enable near real time project status and support more complex forward planning.

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