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  • Here is what causes construction project rework and a tool to help you fix it

    According to the Construction Industry Institute (CII), field rework adds 10 per cent to construction-phase costs on major projects. 

    In an effort to keep projects on time and on budget, the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) created a free project rework reduction tool that tracks a project’s potential rework pitfalls and provides solutions.

    Rework has been on COAA’s radar for almost 20 years, with a targeted subcommittee initiating research on how to reduce rework in 1998.

    Through surveys and consulting the CII’s database, COAA determined that the main causes of project rework are engineering and reviews (such as late design and poor document control), construction planning and scheduling (e.g., late owner input, unrealistic schedules), leadership and communications (e.g., poor communication, lack of safety), material and equipment supply issues (such as untimely deliveries or non-compliance with specification), and human resource capability (e.g., insufficient skill levels, excessive overtime).

  • Better upfront planning could result in significant savings on oilsands project costs: survey

    With ample oil supplies leading to longer-term lower prices, getting oilsands supply costs down is job number one across all sectors of the industry. 

    New engineering designs, technologies and business models are all being tested to make oilsands production competitive on the global market.

    But another area with great potential to save costs is in project management. A study released by the Alberta Projects Improvement Network (APIN) in late 2016 shows using project management processes like stage-gating and advanced work packaging could result in major savings in capital costs in developing oilsands projects. Read more of the original article here

     

     

     

  • APIN Research on Project Planning

    But another area with great potential to save costs is in project management. A study released by the Alberta Projects Improvement Network (APIN) in late 2016 shows using project management processes like stage-gating and advanced work packaging could result in major savings in capital costs in developing oilsands projects....Read more here

  • Compete or Collaborate - Blog from GO Productivity

    In the real world where Alberta’s competition for investment is on a global scale, success is not to be found choosing between competition or a collaborative business model. It is not an “either/or” choice, it is a “yes/and” approach that works best... To read more go here

  • Investing in Workforce Competency Drive Productivity, ROI and Safety

    In 2016, there were 1.5 Workers’ Compensation claims for every 100 people on the job. Edmonton-based company Waiward Steel has made changes to ensure that this trend would not apply to their company. Waiward has improved their safety record by 800 per cent, as a result, they’ve saved 4.6 million hours. Those hours would have been lost due to safety incidents. Their team did it without adding any more safety training; because their approach isn’t just about safety, it’s also about competence.

    Check out the full article by the Edmonton Journal here.

  • Insight-WFP - your 'Go-to' for Advanced Work Packaging

    Insight-wfp is an Alberta based Advanced Work Packaging service provider, who have supported the application of AWP and Workface Planning on more than 30 global project over the last 10 years.  Our staff of Project Managers and Technicians have developed working processes and cloud based software solutions that delivered 10% cost and schedule reductions on several mega projects. For for information visit their website: http://www.insight-wfp.com/home.php

     

  • COAA Recognizes Safety Person of the Year

    Author: Ken Chapman - GO Productivity

    The Construction Owners Association of Alberta hosts an annual conference on Best Practices in Edmonton.  As part of the program, they sponsor a range of awards for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in a number of construction industry related roles and responsibilities.

    One of those awards is for Individual Contribution in Safety Leadership.  It was a great pleasure for GO Productivity to nominate Waiward Steel’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Kanerva, for recognition in the COAA 2017 Safety Leadership Award.  We based this nomination on his commitment and outcomes achieved in enhancing workforce competency in the steel fabrication industry in Alberta. 

    We are pleased to say that during the COAA conference May 9th and 10th it was announced that Jim was the winner in the Safety Leadership category. To see pictures and read more in the event program click here.

    Jim’s contribution and leadership in the GO-PAAD (Project Alignment and Delivery) Working Group was our major reason behind his nomination.  As for safety, his efforts towards improved worker competency through continuous learning and improvement within Waiward, has resulted in them achieving over 4.5 million accumulated man hours without a lost time incident.  We were also struck with Jim’s eagerness and openness in the sharing of that expertise to the PAAD Working Group members, including his competitors. 

    Add in his on-going collaboration on improving worker safety through increased on-the-job competency assessment done in conjunction with the Ironworkers Union, at the local levels as well as in the national and international context, it made Jim’s nomination even more compelling.

    So join us in congratulating Jim on this well-deserved recognition of his achievement.  He is major force in improving worker safety, project productivity and business competitiveness.  His personal commitment to a culture of continuous learning in worker competency sees his reputation for this work becoming international in scope.  He how is heading up MODOS, a software system and training spin-off from Waiward to take a culture of workforce competency to a wider audience.

    All of us in PAAD, Waiward and the Ironworkers Union can take pride in COAA’s recognitions of Jim’s contribution to and accomplishments in worker safety through competency.  

     

     

  • News - ​There’s a fresh approach to work site safety with Waiward Steel’s MODOS competency management system

    Click here for an inspiring story turning tragedy into innovation and excellence in the field of safety and competency tracking.

  • Budget 2017 Sees Innovation and Competency Keys to Adaptive Work Force

    Interested in how the new 2017 Budget will affect our efforts to improve productivity and safety?

     

    Check out this blog post: Click Here from our local GO Productivity blogger Ken Chapman.

  • SCMA Alberta Networking Event April 2017 - Calgary

    April 19, 2017  5:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.  Location: Calgary, AB Find out more
     
    Join us for dinner and get your career in gear!
     
    Successful career development is a life-long process and whether you are thinking of switching jobs, planning your next step or looking for your first job in supply chain - this is the event for you.
     
    We've assembled an expert moderator and panel of recruiters, HR consultants and seasoned supply chain hiring managers who will share their stories, give you their career advice and answer your questions. 
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA Alberta Networking Event April 2017 - Edmonton

    April 20, 2017  5:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.  Location: Edmonton, AB Find out more
     
    Join us for dinner and get your career in gear!
     
    Successful career development is a life-long process and whether you are thinking of switching jobs, planning your next step or looking for your first job in supply chain - this is the event for you.
     
    We've assembled an expert moderator and panel of recruiters, HR consultants and seasoned supply chain hiring managers who will share their stories, give you their career advice and answer your questions. 
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA Alberta Conference and Gala Dinner 2017

    Sep 22-23, 2017  7:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m  Location: Red Deer, AB Find out More!
     
    Come and feel the pulse of a vibrant Supply Chain community at the SCMA Alberta Conference and Gala Dinner, September 22-23, 2017 at Red Deer, AB.
     
    Join the thought provoking discussions, gain insight from supply chain experts, and meet Alberta’s top supply chain professionals!
     
    Register Now and Save 25%! Offer Valid until June 30, 2017. 
  • SCMA AB White Paper : Supply Chain As A Strategic Asset

     

    How do you go about managing a Supply Chain which is enormous and complicated that is not controlled by a single owner? The answer lies in the concept of “strategic asset” and how it is managed.

  • Patrick Etokudo - Supply Chain Executive of the Year 2017

     

    C-Suite Energy Executive Awards organized by Alberta Oil Magazine, recognizes Canadian energy industry - senior executives, who exemplifies exceptional leadership both inside and outside his/her business. This year, Supply Chain Management Association Alberta was proud to sponsor the Supply Chain Executive of the Year Award.

  • Benchmarking 101 from COAA

    Interested in learning about Benchmarking? Check out the great information and database of projects available to you.

  • Share Your Safety Expertise

    COAA’s Safety Committee is asking for your assistance in helping to assess and analyze the safety culture across the industry. COAA is seeking your expertise to better understand where to focus efforts to improve overall safety performance. COAA’s vision for the industry is to be “Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive by 2020”. A key element in this journey is to understand Alberta’s safety culture and the level of safety maturity across the industry. We invite you to participate in the annual COAA Safety Maturity Survey.

    Take Survey

  • Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects Award 2016 Winners

     

    At first glance, there may seem to be little similarity between a $600-million arena complex and a small swimming pool in northeastern Alberta, but both projects—like all of the 2016 Top Projects winners—share the same spirit of ambition and ingenuity. Ranging from the downtown cores of Alberta’s largest cities to the province’s remotest regions, this year’s winning projects offer a master class in cutting-edge construction.

  • COAA Winter Works Best Practice

    The COAA "Winter Works" best practice provides guidelines to follow when developing a winter (cold weather) preparedness construction program specific to the company or site requirements.

  • COAA Best Practice: Advanced Work Packaging

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    Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a disciplined approach to improving project productivity and predictability. It accomplishes this by aligning planning and execution activities throughout the project life cycle, from project set-up to start-up and turnover.

  • COAA Best Practice: Module Assembly


    A guideline to assist all module stakeholders in developing their own project-specific module assembly plan. This tool outlines a number of key principles that should be adopted for all module assembly projects.

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