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.
At any time during and between phases, work packages provide supervisors with the information necessary to make the most effective decisions to keep a project on the best track. For example, before the beginning of construction, supervisors are able to evaluate what materials should be ordered, in what format, and when these should be ordered depending on the ordering of work packages. This ensures that no package starts before materials are ready and no materials are sitting unused.
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.