Owner and EPCM Contractor organizations that execute projects require project management processes to help ensure predictable project performance.  Advance Work Packaging (AWP), the process of breaking down the construction scope into distinct, manageable packages, if implemented correctly, can be an additional process in an owner or managing contractor’s toolbox to improve project delivery effectiveness and predictability.  Effectively, AWP is a process of identifying and sequencing the planned activities that must be completed to efficiently build the desired asset, defining the Path of Construction for the project.
The Path of Construction is centered around Construction Work Packages (CWPs); the unique deliverables that link and integrate scope, teams, engineering, estimating, field execution, safety, project controls, and materials management. CWPs translate the project’s execution strategy and therefore, a Path of Construction should be an integral part of the project’s classic Project Execution Plan.
“Real-time insight” … once a month

For the AWP process to be successful, daily field information from multiple supervisors/foremen must be aggregated efficiently to accurately track progress. Unplanned events that occur during the construction process and are affecting the progressing of IWPs, and therefore CWPs, must be quickly identified, communicated, and managed appropriately to maintain schedule performance and stakeholder alignment. Many of the Owners and EPCM Contractors across industry state that they have real-time insight into project performance based on reporting from the field and connecting the information to their planning and cost systems. The challenge is that these systems are typically updated on a monthly cycle and therefore real-time insight becomes “real-time insight” … once a month.

Consistency and Timeliness is Key 

AWP relies upon accurate, up-to-date information for the execution of the construction process, and it offers the potential of improved overall project performance through improved progress tracking as well as installation quality.  To achieve these promised improvements, a consistent and timely process for gathering progress and status information from the field is required. E7 is the solution to the problem of lagging information from the field, as we provide real-time performance tracking from the field, giving project and organization leaders a clear line of sight across all aspects of a project.

Implementing AWP, and robust rules of credit progress measurement, project performance is tracked and analyzed, variances identified, and corrective actions taken before they become unpleasant and costly surprises for the project.  E7 provides Progress Measurement and Real-time Schedule Performance Analytics to ensure that good news is bad news fast so you can keep your project on track.

By providing project teams with structured, real-time data directly from the field, owners and EPCM contractors receive accurate and timely insight into the true field conditions, illuminating opportunities for risk mitigation and project governance. The standardization of how this data is captured and stored allows real-time performance data from projects to be accessible across the company, enabling project teams to anticipate and mitigate issues related to cost, schedule, and quality.