Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging – Phase 2

RT-365 Topic Summary
RT 365


Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) became a CII Best Practice in 2015 and numerous case studies have proved its ability to improve project performance, yet its use is still limited in the capital project industry. RT-365’s research was phase 2 of an investigation begun by RT-DCC-04. During this second phase of research, RT-365 identified potential solutions to overcome AWP implementation barriers and offered recommendations to enhance integration between AWP and engineering processes.

The RT-365 research was conducted in four phases:

  1. Preparation – The team determined its research objectives and appropriate methods.
  2. Data Collection – The team conducted a literature review and expert interviews.
  3. Data Analysis – The team used qualitative analysis to offer potential solutions to AWP implementation barriers and to develop recommendations to enhance integration between AWP and engineering processes.
  4. Development of an Implementation Tool – The team used the information it had gathered during the initial three phases to develop the AWP Concierge, an interactive, user-friendly document that presents solutions to overcome AWP implementation barriers and supports companies on their AWP journeys. For example, one common barrier is the lack of interorganizational coordination following a scope change. The AWP Concierge offers a solution to prevent or mitigate this issue by highlighting that AWP does not lock the project’s sequence, but instead provides data that enable traceability and can facilitate changes when needed.

RT-365 conducted 16 semi-structured interviews with subject matter experts and synthesized more than 50 AWP resources in scholarly and grey literature. One objective was to explore issues that prevent AWP and engineering process integration. The perceived change in engineering work sequence and developing engineering schedule based on AWP deliverables are examples of issues addressed in this work.

RT-365 produced content aligned with the findings in Final Report DCC-04 (FR-DCC-04), Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging – Phase 1. The team addressed two opportunity areas for promoting AWP implementation: 1. improve integration between AWP and engineering, and 2. provide easier access to resources that are relevant to AWP. The team accomplished its research objectives and trusts that they will provide valuable information for any company that is looking to improve its AWP processes or looking to start its implementation journey.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Issues That Prevent an Effective Integration between AWP and Engineering Processes

The RT-365 research identified issues that prevent proper integration between AWP and engineering. These issues relate to company culture, company buy-in, AWP resources, contracting strategies, and AWP processes and procedures (FR-365, p. 15).

Reference: (FR-365)

2 : Potential Solutions to Overcome Barriers to AWP Implementation

SP365-1 presents more than 500 potential solutions to the AWP implementation barriers identified by RT-DCC-04. The table offers an example of one of these solutions (SP365-1).

Reference: (SP365-1)

3 : Identification and Categorization of Relevant AWP Resources

SP365-1 maps the relevant resources for each AWP implementation barrier previously identified by RT-DCC-04. The table shows how the AWP Concierge points users to resources that provide information related to an AWP topic (SP365-1).

Reference: (SP365-1)

Key Performance Indicators

Overall AWP implementation, Safety, Productivity, Schedule, Quality, Predictability

Research Publications

Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging: Phase 2 - FR-365

Publication Date: 10/2020 Type: Final Report Pages: 112 Status: Tool

AWP Concierge - SP365-1

Publication Date: 08/2020 Type: Special Publication Pages: 158 Status: Tool

Presentations from CII Events

Session - Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging

Publication Date: 09/2020 Presenter: Number of Slides: 39 Event Code: AC2020