The industry leaders implementing the AWP system are beginning to realize that Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) are one of the best ways to our modern capital project engineering teams. Unfortunately, many organizations are unsure of what EWPs really are. The linked article will go over, in detail, what makes EWPs different and a more effective for your capital projects. Read more here.
AWP is the overall process flow centered around the development of work packages and representing a planned, executable process that systematically aligns the work on engineering, procurement, and construction.
On this, the cusp of the New Year, we are not only focusing on wrapping up this year’s paperwork, dotting i’s and crossing t’s, but are also looking forward – anticipating the possibilities of the year to come. The U.S. Natural Gas Power Engineering and Construction (GPEC) Trends and Outlook 2018 report gives us insight into the new year’s construction and engineering trends – and recommendations for keeping pace with the rapidly changing field.
Key Trends in 2018
The US Energy and Information Administration (EIA) projects that renewables will comprise 24% of net generation in the power sector by 2025. Environment pressure, public and private, for renewables means an increase in generation from renewable energy sources. The EIA estimates that this generation will be expected to grow to 10% in 2018.
Natural gas is poised to make great strides in the coming year. This is due to several factors, including an aging fossil infrastructure, customer needs for greater power f...
From an organizational perspective, companies have generally had two approaches to implementing work-packaging methods: they either adopt a formal approach and create new positions, especially the work packaging champion position, or do not consider a formal approach to the modification of existing positions.
One of the advantages offered by Building Information Modeling (BIM) to the engineering and construction industry is the capability to virtually plan and build a project before actual execution of work. BIM provides AWP practitioners with a completed model of final deliverables, offering visual foresight of access, laydown, crane staging, and various other construction sequencing challenges, enabling the formation of a more robust execution plan.
BIM models can be used to store information specific to the AWP process, serving as a repository of planning information in a visual format. Some ways to leverage the capabilities of a BIM model to strengthen the AWP planning process include:
Design the Plant Design Management System (PDMS), the spinal data pathway that connects model components with the model classification structure, to complement the AWP process. For example, through the PDMS selection tree – a dialog box available in most BIM software - one can select a particular data d...
Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) and WorkFace Planning (WFP) are popular topics in Western Canada. The purpose of this conversation with Petra Polster, currently a senior WorkFace Planning specialist with AECOM, is to discuss major AWP themes and how AWP enhances capital project performance.
Petra is a construction leader with a strong background in field planning, WorkFace Planning, and Advanced Work Packaging. Petra is based in Calgary and has over 10 years experience in the implementation of work packaging techniques in Western Canadian construction projects. Petra, currently a WorkFace Planning Committee member at the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA), is presently working as a Sr. WorkFace Planning Specialist at AECOM. Throughout her journey as a work packaging specialist in construction capital projects, Petra has contributed to designing work packaging solutions that have been implemented on a variety of project sizes.