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(CSC-3837) Advanced Work Packaging (AWP): An Introduction and Project Controls Guide for Implementation

Level: Intermediate
TCM Section(s):
7.1. Project Scope and Execution Strategy Development
4.1. Project Implementation
Venue: 2022 AACE International Conference & Expo

Abstract: Beginning with the end-in-mind is a fundamental principle of advanced work packaging (AWP). It is an evolution of the standard principles familiar to most project management professionals responsible for executing EPC capital projects. The Construction Industry Institute (CII) defines AWP as a construction-driven planning and collaboration system for building capital projects primarily focused on removing obstacles necessary for productive and effective field execution. Perhaps the most important role project controls has in the overall implementation of AWP is when the field installation work package (IWP) is developed. That is where WBS codes, schedule dates, resources (such as workhours, installation quantities, material take-off quantities, etc.), and cost codes are applied. This paper will introduce the advanced work packaging concept but will focus on the integration of project controls elements required for successful implementation throughout the project lifecycle using the AACE Total Cost Managementâ„¢ (TCM) project control process map as a basis. These elements include scope, project system requirements, data requirements, budget and cost requirements, schedule requirements, contract requirements, etc. In the end, understanding AWP, its components and how project controls elements are applied can lead to significant improvements in the safety, quality, cost, and schedule of any EPC capital project.