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  • JWN Article - Improving Engineering and Construction Performance

    Universities Offer Untapped Opportunity To Improve Engineering And Construction Performance

    Accessing new skills and capabilities is often the most strategic pathway to achieve increased performance and reduced costs in major project development, a University of Calgary professor told a Speaker Series event this week.

    The academic community offers a means to gain those capabilities, Terry Ross, research partnership specialist, Schulich School of Engineering, told the JWN Energy and Fluor sponsored event focused on assessing engineering and construction advanced technologies.

     

    ..... Read more at the JWN Energy.ca website: http://www.dailyoilbulletin.com/article/2018/9/27/universities-offer-untapped-opportunity-to-improve/

  • Collaborative Contracting Event Post Report

    After a successful collaborative contracting event, a new article has been posted on the results of that event!

    Read the whole article here!

  • REGISTER NOW For COAA Best Practices Conference May 8,9

    Registration is now OPEN for COAA’s 2018 Best Practices Conference being held on May 8-9th at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. This year, the focus and awards will relate to leadership in workforce development with a theme of Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive.

    A few highlights of this year’s 26th Annual Conference include:

    • Keynote speaker, Peter Dumont, President of Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), speaks on coming change in our industry: “We Must Change, and We CanChange”.
    • 16 technical workshop sessions featuring leading speakers in Safety, Workforce Development, Construction Performance and Contracting.
    • Applaud Workforce Developmentexcellence during the Awards Presentation

     

    DON’T WAIT! REGISTER TODAY & SECURE YOUR SEAT FOR A CONFERENCE YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON

     

    REGISTER HERE

     

    This will direct you to the main conference page where you will need todownload the agenda and workshop descriptions. As these descriptions are not available on the actual registration page, you will need to review and/or have them available when choosing your workshops sessions in registration.

     

    registration is now OPEN for COAA’s 2018 Best Practices Conference being held on May 8-9th at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. This year, the focus and awards will relate to leadership in workforce development with a theme of Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive.

    A few highlights of this year’s 26th Annual Conference include:

    • Keynote speaker, Peter Dumont, President of Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), speaks on coming change in our industry: “We Must Change, and We CanChange”.
    • 16 technical workshop sessions featuring leading speakers in Safety, Workforce Development, Construction Performance and Contracting.
    • Applaud Workforce Developmentexcellence during the Awards Presentation

     

    DON’T WAIT! REGISTER TODAY & SECURE YOUR SEAT FOR A CONFERENCE YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON

     

    To register, please click on the register nowbutton below. This will direct you to the main conference page where you will need todownload the agenda and workshop descriptions. As these descriptions are not available on the actual registration page, you will need to review and/or have them available when choosing your workshops sessions in registration.

     

    Early bird registration for this two-day event is $450 per person (+ GST) until April 13th. After this, the price will go to a standard cost of $550 per person (+ GST).

     

     

     

     

  • Emerging Technologies

    Author: Ken Chapman - GO Productivity

    GO Productivity Emerging Technologies Survey Results:

    First, thank you for to all those who took time to do our survey on Emerging Technologies.  We are still gathering data from other groups, but we have results we believe are worth sharing.  Recognize this is not a scientific nor statistically valid survey.  It is however an accurate assessment of the replies of those who participated.  Here is what we have learned so far.  I have done some rounding so if you starting adding numbers don’t be surprised if they don’t add up to 100%

     

  • Improve Productivity and Reduce Carbon Footprints with Mobile Technology

    Doug Junor, GO Productivity Executive in Residence

    Ask your Business Units this: “If we had all the data from the field in an electronic format at the point of collection, how would we be able to use that data to improve the business?”

     The average person uses about 10 mobile applications daily and about 30 monthly. If your remote employees do not have access to electronic mobile applications to help do their work. Are you are missing out on a great productivity opportunity?

  • 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 access the report!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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

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