AWP Research Virtual Summit 2020

Advanced Work Packaging continues to evolve as the industry standard for integrated project delivery. The first-ever Construction Industry Institute AWP Research Virtual Summit on September 1-2, 2020, provided a fantastic opportunity to learn about current and future directions for AWP directly from researchers and developers.

Members of these research teams presented in-depth reports on their projects. Final reports will be published this fall and winter.

RT-363: Modernizing the Supply Chain and Increasing the Value of Advanced Work Packaging
Final Report 363 - publishing this winter

(Research Team 363, Integrating the Supply Chain with AWP Practices)
Materials can be the greatest cost on a project, and the effective flow of materials is vital for project success. Despite the importance of materials, projects commonly run into supply chain problems. RT-363 presents its recommendations to improve the supply chain in three areas: process improvements, supplier integration, and the digital supply chain. These recommendations are framed in the context of AWP project execution but may also be implemented independently as part of effective project execution. Improving supply chain performance is seen to maximize the benefits of AWP programs – helping firms realize the potential of 25% improvements in productivity and 10% reduction in TIC that stems from the mature implementation of AWP. This presentation will make practical recommendations for implementation.

RT-364: Integrated Commissioning and Startup into the Advanced Work Packaging Work Process
Final Report 364 - publishing this fall
(Research Team 364, AWP-integrated Practices for Construction Completions, Commissioning, and Startup)
Past CII research has developed best practices for Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) and Commissioning and Startup (CSU) but never integrated the two concepts. Now, RT-364 has extended AWP by adding a CSU swimlane and establishing the concept of the System Work Package (SWP). The team created visualization models for the new SWPs, developed SWP key roles and responsibilities, mapped the SWPs to Installation Work Packages (IWPs), and showed examples of proper SWP release. By integrating AWP with the real end in mind – making product – your AWP project will capture opportunity savings it previously would have lost.

RT-365: Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging - Phase 2
Final Report 365 - publishing this fall

(Research Team 365, Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging - Phase 2)
Special Publication 365-1, CII Concierge - available now
Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a CII Best Practice that promotes a disciplined process to systematically align disciplines across the project life cycle. AWP has been shown to improve the project delivery process, yet many organizations choose not to use it or remain unaware of its potential. RT-365 developed strategies and tools to promote the use of AWP, and then concentrated these resources into its AWP Concierge. Learn how this new CII resource can drive AWP implementation at your operation.

TC 03: AWP Digital Threads to Enable Supply Chain Visibility on Capital Projects
Final Report TC-03 - publishing this winter

(Research Team TC-03, AWP "Digital Threads" to Enable Supply Chain Visibility on Capital Projects)
Information visibility can improve the implementation and tracking of AWP across the supply chain. The team presents an open-source digital library in an interactive web format containing the AWP ‘Digital Threads’ specifications for supply chain visibility. The digital library includes a reference model of AWP data requirements for the supply chain and a Material Responsibility Matrix, which clearly defines which parties are responsible for which tasks. The reference model provides guidelines and direction as to what data needs to be published from which entity of the Material Responsibility Matrix. As a communication platform, the interactive web format will increase the visibility of information for stakeholders across a project supply chain.

WG 19-01 Advanced Work Packaging Data Requirements
(AWP Data Requirements Implementation Guideline)
Unified AWP data requirements among stakeholders will significantly benefit the construction industry in all sectors executing AWP on projects. In particular, the Data Requirements will serve as a critical reference as companies create contracts that include the data to support AWP. The team refined, reviewed, and published the AWP data requirements implementation guideline. It will give valuable background and other information that will steer an organization to successful use of the AWP Data Requirements for project executions.

Date posted: September 2, 2020