Advanced Work Packaging (AWP)

AWP is transforming capital projects across the industrial sector,

with profound implications for Owner and EPC organizations.

What is Advanced Work Packaging?

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a construction-driven planning and collaboration system for building capital projects that is sharply focused on creating a constraint-free work environment in the field. It requires that detailed work packages be created early in the project lifecycle; i.e., in advance. These work packages must be informed by a Project Execution Plan and a detailed Path of Construction and supported by a comprehensive and disciplined stakeholder integration. Removing field constraints -- ensuring that people have the equipment, materials and instructions to complete their work -- reduces idle time, increases labour productivity and improves project outcomes. For these reasons, AWP is currently considered a best practice in the field of capital construction.

 

How is AWP different from standard work packaging?

Standard work packaging is not construction-driven. Standard systems bring in construction leaders just before the shovels go into the ground, whereas AWP requires that construction leaders be involved in planning from the outset. Standard systems organize work packages around engineering, design or a myriad of other drivers, whereas AWP requires that work packages be organized solely around the Path of Construction.

Leaders must understand modern capital project delivery models because the work undertaken in the earliest days and at the highest echelons not only lays the practical, functional foundation for project predictability, it also sets the tone. Learn more about why executive training in Predictability + AWP can make all the difference »

In construction capital projects, Workface Planning is the organization of field execution around the creation of fully resourced packages of work that can be executed by a single construction crew in a discrete period of time, typically five to 10 days or around 1,000 hours. These blocks of work, called Installation Work Packages (IWPs), have four important characteristics that we’...

An Engineering Work Package (EWP) is a diverse set of engineering deliverables that are assembled to support a specified scope of construction work. They typically form the basis of Construction and Installation Work Packages, and so they're a foundational component of the Advanced Work Packaging process. Here's how to do it right. »

Having a Path of Construction (PoC) is like having a GPS in your car: You know your critical path, but the PoC will show you precisely how you'll get there. Discover the four simple steps to creating a powerful PoC that will help you deliver your project on-time and on-budget. »

The capital project construction industry is in transition, and there is a great deal of confusion around the definition and purpose of one key element of modern capital project management -- the Path Of Construction. This short guide is intended to resolve this confusion and to serve as a quick-reference. »

Predictability Thinking™ evolved out of our desire to identify and understand all the levers that can be pulled in our efforts to execute a capital project on-time and on-budget. Discover how your org chart and contracting strategy are undermining predictability -- and how you can fix them.

Whether you come to AWP proactively or because it's required in a contract or bid document, chances are you'll have to wade through a stew of toxic rumours and wild myths. This article cuts through it. Read more »

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Predictability is the new buzzword in capital projects: Old-fashioned, but more relevant than ever. Let's look at how Predictability Thinking can directly impact your outcomes, and make it more likely that you'll one day be able to say: "Our team reliably delivers on-time and on-budget."

Most site-based capital project leaders recognize the benefits of Advanced Work Packaging for their projects, but changing the way you work can be daunting -- especially when there are millions of dollars on the line. It can be done, and we will show you how. »

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