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A collection of insights, stories and expert interviews about innovation, management, and leadership in capital projects and infrastructure.

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The person you choose as your AWP champion is at the epicenter of your new work packaging program and the key to its success. She is the central point of contact for AWP implementation: She’ll be the main driver behind all of your integration efforts, and the person responsible for fostering a spirit of collaboration that encourages the entire team to get on board.

April 20, 2018

Owner and EPC companies are embracing practices that support construction-driven delivery, but Path of Construction work is still in its infancy and many project managers aren’t doing all they could to improve efficiencies. Here are six signs you’ve lost your way.

April 13, 2018

Plug your knowledge leaks to get the most out of Advanced Work Packaging. The key: Tech that mirrors your fit-for-purpose work process

April 6, 2018

It’s not clear why companies stick with this cumbersome and inefficient process when the benefits of better knowledge management are so abundantly clear. The US Army Corps of Engineers has reported that for every $1 invested in the collection and application of lessons learned, the Corps saved $120 in project costs. Over seven years, the application of just 29 lesson...

February 16, 2018

Unlike many enterprises in an Industry 4.0 world, capital projects remain rooted in hard, physical assets and their concomitant scopes of work -- but only on the project side. On the business side, the organization acts like most modern, virtual organizations where most members spend their time negotiating their share of the value produced. This has become a major ch...

February 11, 2018

While Agile methodologies have historically been in the purview of software development and management, they have important lessons that can be applied to benefit construction projects. Under the framework of Agile software development are several methodologies for creating this adaptive, fast-moving project management system. In this article, we introduce a lightwei...

February 6, 2018

“The disciplines have to be able to ‘connect’ to each others’ data without having to rely so heavily on data manipulation from one system tool to another for import/export purposes,” procurement expert Scott L. Bullentini told Velocity. “In too many instances, the solution to gaps in integration is ‘people power,’ as in, add another expeditor. But by this time it is...

January 4, 2018

As 2017 wraps up, sights are being set on 2018 for changes, innovation, and company growth.

Recently, Petrochemical Update released “US Downstream Capital Projects, Turnaround & Maintenance. Market Outlook 2018”(1). With the aim of helping decisions makers anticipate and plan for the downstream future, Petrochemical Update dedicated an entire section of the Market Ou...

December 18, 2017

A key feature of the live PEP is that it is hosted in the cloud, and is therefore accessible anywhere teams are working. Instead of withering on a desk at company headquarters, the live PEP serves as a storehouse of up-to-the-minute direction and deliverables that can be updated in real time. For example, live PEP might include the scope of work contained in a constr...

September 21, 2017

Today, leading capital project managers understand that getting things done on-time and on-budget means keeping people and teams working together from start to finish. Like the myriad gears inside a Breitling pilot’s watch, the many moving parts in your project need to be precisely aligned or the whole thing grinds to a halt. It’s not easy.

July 28, 2017

A project interface is the boundary between two parties working on a project; you might also think of it as the point at which one person, team or contractor hands responsibility to another. In many cases the interface exists at the point of connection between two physical systems that were developed separately - like an airplane fuselage and the electrical harnesses...

Moving to the cloud will save money, help you train and maintain high-performance project teams, and make sure your entire project is running on-time and on-budget through continuous integration of information and people. This sounds simple, yet the secret is in the formula linking all the project pieces together. A cloud-based platform purpose-built for capital proj...

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