This typically translates into various initiatives that range from assigning the construction manager to the project during definition before the start of fieldwork to entirely rearranging the sequence of the project work to be driven by field installation, with engineering deliverables flowing into predefined construction packages.
Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a work process framework fundamentally based on the idea of thinking with the end in mind. It is designed to allow engineering planning to be driven by construction sequencing. Simply put, this is achieved by breaking down the project scope into Construction Work Packages that are fed with Engineering Work Packages. The AWP framework proposes an enhanced set of practices performed in the construction industry for executing work packaging.
Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) has gained interest in the capital projects industry. While case studies and limited quantitative analysis have been conducted to document AWP benefits, many research questions are still unanswered for our industry to fully explore the best implementation roadmap for AWP. Additionally, potential connections of AWP implementation to other critical pillars of capital projects such as project teams functionality, contractual scenarios and risks and/or enterprise context are to be further defined.
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For many years, the construction industry community has focused on field execution planning techniques to unlock field productivity improvements. While many benefits were achieved, those techniques remain limited in part by the sequencing and the quality of the flow of information produced during the definition and engineering phases.
Traditionally, contractors face a large amount of rework due to poor field planning and poor coordination between engineering and construction. The loss of productivity caused by rework could also be prevented by a more proactive alignment effort between engineering planning and construction planning. This has the potential of significantly increasing capital effectiveness in construction projects delivery.
More recently, there has been an increased awareness within the construction industry of the importance of thinking with the end in mind by integrating field execution elements and considerations into the definition phase.