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  • PAAD Project - Front End Planning

    PAAD Work Group on Scope Definition and Front-end Loading has released a report 1.5 years in the making.

    This report adds an Alberta context and a unique lens to an already established best practice of front-end-loading the project planning phase. Click here to read more and learn about two pilot projects that had good FEL but external business-outcomes pressure to change and re-scope.

  • PAAD Project - Shared Risk Register

    We are pleased to announce the completion of this PAAD project and final report now posted.

    Shared Risk Register - what happens when you combine collaboration with routine risk reviews (risks to completing project on time and on budget) Click here to read more!

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • SCMA AB Workshop: Competitive Bidding (Edmonton)

    Nov 02-03, 2017  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Location: Edmonton, AB Find out more
     
    Learn about the Competitive Bidding process, its best practices and use the opportunity to apply them in a simulated on-the-job setting!
     
    This workshop will provide participants with a “strategy tips list” which - if diligently applied in practice - will result in improved effectiveness of the request for… (RF(X)) process – which in turn should result in better supplier selection decisions.
     
    It will not only review an introduction to competitive bidding and the basics of the process but also offer a more practical focus on building skills for use at work.
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA AB Workshop: Service Contracting(Edmonton)

    Nov 13 - 14, 2017  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Location: Edmonton, AB Find out more
     
    Join us to learn about the challenges and strategies of Service Contracting. 
     
    This session will address service contracting strategies such as creating and utilizing a Statement of Work; planning strategies; knowing what to look for when retaining a consultant; addressing change management in a contract; implementing service management techniques; and other strategies.
     
    This workshop includes a one-by-one review of contractual provisions unique to service contracts. Participants will be provided with specific clauses.
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA AB Workshop: Service Contracting(Calgary)

    Nov 15 - 16, 2017  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Location: Calgary, AB Find out more
     
    Join us to learn about the challenges and strategies of Service Contracting. 
     
    This session will address service contracting strategies such as creating and utilizing a Statement of Work; planning strategies; knowing what to look for when retaining a consultant; addressing change management in a contract; implementing service management techniques; and other strategies.
     
    This workshop includes a one-by-one review of contractual provisions unique to service contracts. Participants will be provided with specific clauses.
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA AB Workshop: Business Logistics Management(Calgary)

    Nov 29, 2017  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Location: Calgary, AB Find out more
     
    Join us to learn about the fundamentals of Business Logistics Management 
     
    This workshop will discuss the objectives of business logistics management in planning, organizing and controlling the supply chain. It will also explore key logistics decisions such as determining the number, location and size of warehouse facilities, selecting the most suitable transportation modes between suppliers, manufacturing and distribution facilities, identifying the appropriate storage and materials handling requirements and the link between logistics and customer service.
     
     
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA AB Workshop: Business Logistics Management (Edmonton)

    Nov 30, 2017  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Location: Edmonton, AB Find out more
     
    Join us to learn about the fundamentals of Business Logistics Management 
     
    This workshop will discuss the objectives of business logistics management in planning, organizing and controlling the supply chain. It will also explore key logistics decisions such as determining the number, location and size of warehouse facilities, selecting the most suitable transportation modes between suppliers, manufacturing and distribution facilities, identifying the appropriate storage and materials handling requirements and the link between logistics and customer service.
     
     
    Register Today! 
  • SCMA AB Workshop: Competitive Bidding (Calgary)

    Jan 15-16, 2017  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Location: Calgary, AB Find out more
     
    Learn about the Competitive Bidding process, its best practices and use the opportunity to apply them in a simulated on-the-job setting!
     
    This workshop will provide participants with a “strategy tips list” which - if diligently applied in practice - will result in improved effectiveness of the request for… (RF(X)) process – which in turn should result in better supplier selection decisions.
     
    It will not only review an introduction to competitive bidding and the basics of the process but also offer a more practical focus on building skills for use at work.
    Register Today! 
  • 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.

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