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  • This template can help big construction projects save money

    Standardizing the progress of EWPs..

    Major project execution in Alberta has historically been challenged by cost and schedule overruns, further complicating the province’s ability to attract investment in new growth in the new normal of sub-$50 oil pricing. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • COAA Workforce Development Best Practices

    The COAA Workforce Development committee members work toward a vision where Alberta's construction industry has access to a workforce with the right mix of skills at the right time and in the right numbers. They are leading the way when it comes to strategic thinking about Alberta's future workforces, as well as ensuring there are opportunities and respect for all Albertans within the construction industry.

  • COAA Contracting Best Practices

    The COAA Contracting committee is responsible for developing best practices that enhance efficiency and performance for all parties on industrial projects in Alberta. The committee's goal is to offer tools that help contracting parties be clear on the obligations and risks they are about to undertake, and maintain a consistent approach in contract development, preparation and administration in an effort to make contracting in Alberta's construction industry more efficient and cost-effective.

  • COAA Construction Performance Best Practices

    The COAA Construction Performance committee operates under a mandate to improve productivity in heavy industrial construction and industrial maintenance. The committee is developing next-generation tools for advanced work packaging, championing the implementation of workface planning and rework reduction strategies, and developing the tools and the culture for incorporating benchmarking into Alberta construction practices.

  • 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.

  • Special Report: The new project era: Aligning capital costs with new market realities

    Working with its APIN partners COAA and GO Productivity, JWN conducted a comprehensive review of research into the factors that contribute to poor project delivery in Alberta, as well as a number of the solutions that have been identified.

  • UofC Report on Improving Construction Productivity in Oil & Gas Capital Projects

     

    This paper describes the findings of an ongoing research project at the UofC that outlines the most critical aspects that can improve productivity in the delivery of oil and gas construction projects in Alberta.

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