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What is AWP? (Advanced Work Packaging)

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP), also known as digital work packaging, is a structured approach to managing capital projects that aligns engineering, procurement, and construction processes. By promoting collaboration and workface planning, AWP improves efficiency, reduces costs, and minimizes delays in project delivery. This innovative construction work packaging method is supported by specialized construction integration platform and construction work package software solutions.

What is WFP? (WorkFace Planning)

WFP (WorkFace Planning) is a subset of AWP, focusing on the efficient execution of construction tasks. It involves breaking down activities into manageable packages that can be accomplished within a specific timeframe by a single crew, ensuring that all necessary resources are available before work starts. Work packaging through WFP is a crucial aspect of advanced work packaging that helps ensure smooth project execution.

What is a CWP? (Construction Work Package)

A CWP (Construction Work Package) defines a construction scope that can be logically separated from the overall project. It contains all the information needed for planning, executing, and assessing the work, ensuring that the workforce understands what needs to be done. The development and management of CWPs are fundamental components of advanced work packaging (AWP) methodologies.

What is an IWP? (Installation Work Package)

IWP (Installation Work Package) is a detailed subset of a CWP (Construction Work Package), providing specific instructions for field execution. It outlines precisely what needs to be installed, the order of activities, and the resources required, ensuring efficient and safe execution on-site. This level of detailed planning and execution guidance is a critical component of advanced work packaging practices in the construction industry.

What is a CWA? (Construction Work Area)

CWA delineates the physical areas where construction activities will take place. It helps in planning and coordinating tasks, ensuring that different crews and equipment don’t overlap or interfere with each other’s operations.

What is a VCM?

The term VCM stands for “Virtual Construction Model” and it is often confused with a 3D design model. While a 3D design model, coming from engineering, is produced as the project design evolves, a Virtual Construction Model is used to analyze and simulate construction sequences, readiness, and progress. WorkPacks help to take the 3D design model(s) and add layers of data to enhance and optimize the projects teams construction strategy beyond just a representation of components in 3D.

What is a Digital Thread?

A digital thread is the identification and transfer of information between different systems. A digital thread is identified by three specific items: a template, an owner, and the frequency of data transfer.

What is Constraint Management’s role in Work Packaging?

Constraint management in work packaging plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth execution of a project by identifying, tracking, and resolving various factors that might impede progress or cause delays. These constraints can include a wide range of elements that need to be in place for work to proceed effectively, such as resource availability, permits and approvals, access, engineering designs and drawings, dependencies, environmental factors, regulations and standards, risk, safety, and other informative instructions.
In WorkPacks, the constraint management module provides tools and features to track, prioritize, and resolve these constraints. This helps project teams stay on top of potential issues, allocate resources effectively, and take proactive measures to prevent delays and disruptions. By managing constraints, projects can maintain their timelines, budgets, and overall success.

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Where does WorkPacks come from?

WorkPacks originates from a deep-seated commitment to innovation and a vision for sustainability. Dr. Ted Blackmon, PhD, a pioneer in the domain of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP), was instrumental in setting the trajectory for this revolutionary platform. His notable achievements with the Mars Pathfinder Mission at NASA and the invention of acclaimed software platforms like ConstructSimTM and OpSimTM speak volumes about his dedication to change-making. These platforms, widely acknowledged for their transformative potential, laid the groundwork for what the industry regards as foundational.
Continuing on his entrepreneurial journey, Dr. Blackmon initiated Jovian Ventures, a platform dedicated to nurturing start-ups that align with his vision of sustainability. The extensive knowledge amassed over the years has been the cornerstone upon which WorkPacks stands tall. His profound contributions to industry bodies like CII and the myriad of insights he has seeded into the sector are the pillars supporting WorkPacks’ growth.
2020 marked a significant collaboration between Dr. Blackmon and Rayan Jreije, a stalwart in construction technology. With Rayan’s impressive track record, spanning two decades in the EPC industry and significant contributions to construction software deployed on mega projects worth billions, the collaboration was poised for greatness. Together, with a team of certified professionals, they sculpted WorkPacks, an embodiment of scalability, affordability, and comprehensive cloud AWP solutions. Whether it’s for colossal construction projects or agile portfolio programs, WorkPacks has proven to be the go-to tool for clients aiming for the pinnacle in AWP implementation.

At its heart, WorkPacks is fueled by a mission to optimize capital project execution digitally. It aims to usher in efficiency, productivity, safety, and reduce waste through seamless AWP automation. Partnering closely with clients, the platform facilitates a transformative journey, integrating world-class technology with AWP methodologies. The result? A collaborative project framework that segments work, harnesses the potential of Work Breakdown Structuring, and Lean/Agile Planning methodologies, regardless of the project’s breadth or the tools at hand.

Summarily, the essence of WorkPacks is pioneering spirit, agility, and continuous advancement. It’s a synthesis of groundbreaking minds, proactive strategies, and a shared vision of efficiency, intelligence, and innovation. In essence, WorkPacks is not just a product but a manifestation of beliefs, values, and the relentless drive of its creators.

How long does it take to set up WorkPacks?

WorkPacks is the most affordable and scalable AWP solution on the market, able to be deployed in days, rather than weeks or months. With WorkPacks, you can get rolling into production usage with Path of Construction pre-planning, as well as full package development and execution quickly. As you grow capability and understanding, you can then optionally layer additional data-driven integration as desired. Increasingly leveraged use of AI to process the AP Digital Threads makes this possible.

What sort of investment is required to achieve the benefits?

WorkPacks has configured and bundled its components in a cloud-native platform that is affordable and can be rapidly deployed onto projects of any size. WorkPacks pricing removes cost as a barrier to adoption. Investment in your team resources and processes to succeed becomes the key, with powerful and affordable technology in support along the way.
The results have been impressive to-date:
• WorkPacks was successfully deployed on small projects within an operating facility of the world’s largest Oil & Gas super major.
• WorkPacks has proven to be operational on projects in days not months.
• WorkPacks was successfully scaled on the world’s largest giga projects.

What differentiates WorkPacks from competing AWP technologies?

Legacy AWP technologies suffer from the following major limitations:
• Inability to consume and render large 3D models and engineering datasets on industrial mega-projects and giga-projects.
• Inability to be a cost-effective solution on smaller capital projects that are quite common within an operating industrial facility.
• Inability to deploy and start using the system for AWP workflows without requiring significant time and effort from IT resources.
WorkPacks solves it all.

At which stage can I use WorkPacks?

One of the key differentiators of WorkPacks is the ability to use the product across the project lifecycle, including the earliest stages of preliminary planning and design. Far in advance of a 3D model, WorkPacks help to establish work breakdown structure, track initial Bill of Quantity estimate data, preliminary schedules and key milestones, and graphical development of CWAs and CWPs in 1D and 2D on early plot plans, drawings, or even satellite imagery.

Do I need AWP to use WorkPacks?

WorkPacks goes beyond AWP implementation, serving as a comprehensive construction management application. This versatile tool offers contractors and owner operators significant advantages, including enhanced project visibility, streamlined execution, and notable reductions in project time and costs.

Can I use WorkPacks for Constraint Management?

Within WorkPacks, project teams gain the ability to proficiently oversee package constraints through automated assignments utilizing a comprehensive constraint library. Alternatively, constraints can be manually incorporated, assigned, escalated, and resolved for individual packages or across multiple packages simultaneously. These constraints encompass a wide array of factors such as access, permits, manpower, equipment, drawings, and materials.
Furthermore, WorkPacks facilitates the automated clearance of constraints by establishing links with engineering, procurement, and other pertinent data sources that exert an influence on the created packages. This streamlined approach ensures that constraints are not only effectively managed but also swiftly addressed through a seamless integration of relevant project data.

Who should use WorkPacks?

Built with application and value scenarios across a wide spectrum of construction partnerships, WorkPacks has been successfully deployed and has delivered value for Owners, Operators, Engineers and Procurement Contractors, Field Contractors, and Project Controls Specialists alike. Each partner type has distinct use cases that can be realized within the WorkPacks platform. An Owner Operator is likely to focus on oversight and reporting through aggregation of data. A contractor may benefit from automation of building Installation Work Packages and connecting packages to live data sources. An engineer can use WorkPacks to align engineering deliverables to construction needs while maintaining traditional discipline-based engineering execution.

What is the minimum size of a project required to operate WorkPacks?

There is no minimum size! WorkPacks has been used to plan and package the replacement of a single exchanger and manifold, the installation of a single pelletizer bag loader, and one Work Packs team member even used it to plan their own home building project!

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How can I use WorkPacks for completions?

Using WorkPacks for completions offers a transformative approach to streamline your tasks. You can visualize system work packaging, directly link ISOs to systems, and gain insights into work execution status by the system. Whether you prefer a graphical or non-graphical representation, WorkPacks allows you to define a system completion work package. Moreover, it provides the flexibility to customize constraints, encompassing vital parameters like quality checks or physical system tests, ensuring a comprehensive completion process.

Can WorkPacks be used for turnaround/brownfield?

WorkPacks was designed to operate and deliver value at all scales of project size and type. WorkPacks has successfully been deployed in small-cap to giga projects. WorkPacks’s first deployment was for covering small-cap brownfield and maintenance turnaround projects at an International Oil Company’s regional project office, handling short-duration projects less than 100 million USD in Total Installed Cost (TIC).
WorkPacks tools for collaborative Path of Construction (POC) can use 2D plot plans and other basic engineering documents such as Process Flow Diagrams, frequently the only type of documents that are available for brownfield/turnarounds, to drive constructability planning. A 3D model and full digital engineering are not needed to use WorkPacks for these projects. Data integration tools, WorkPacks Delta, are used to tie existing information, data sets, and document repositories into the 2D model to tie package information into the work breakdown structure and packages with the platform.
Specifically for brownfield projects, WorkPacks has trade contractor management tools to help with planning, packaging, and trackability of bulk trades typically done without the benefit of fully digital detailed engineering. With Work Packs, facilities management teams and construction managers can open the WorkPacks environment for trade contractors, allowing the contractor to build Installation Work Packages (IWPs) according to the constructability plan and work breakdown structure defined through the POC established in WorkPacks.

What does Owner oversight look like using WorkPacks?

Owner Oversight involves the end client organization maintaining visibility and control in steering the project execution while at a level often removed from the detailed work generated by collaborative suppliers within the contract quilt: Engineering, Procurement and Contractors (EPCs), fabricators, equipment suppliers, material supply chain elements, and field trade contractors.
The data integration tools allow these partners to maintain their separate data environments and rely on the existing tools and pass reporting data sets, in their native format, into the WorkPacks platform. With WorkPacks’ data integration tools, existing data sets generated by each partner can be mapped through digital threads and be pulled into the WorkPacks platform via customizable automated workflows. For a single project or across projects, an Owner Operator can use WorkPacks to aggregate project data for the progression of engineering, construction, and completion, establishing a reporting platform for management of the portfolio.

How does WorkPacks drive productivity in project execution?

WorkPacks is an instrumental catalyst in elevating project execution productivity. By centralizing information and fostering seamless collaboration, it bridges gaps between stakeholders, ensuring every team member has real-time access to the essential data they need.
Its innovative features allow for robust planning, tracking, and optimization of workflows, minimizing bottlenecks and ensuring tasks proceed as scheduled. The platform’s ability to integrate with other tools and provide visual dashboards ensures informed decision-making, cutting down on costly mistakes and rework. In essence, WorkPacks addresses the chaotic realm of project execution and drives efficiencies at every phase.
AWP implementation, particularly through WorkPacks, has been found to increase project productivity by as much as 25%. Adopting WorkPacks showcases not just a commitment to best practices but also to leveraging the best AWP tool in the market.

How does WorkPacks enhance collaboration between stakeholders?

WorkPacks enhances collaboration by acknowledging that each user type, each partner on a project, has different needs and different use cases. Additionally, each partner needs a certain degree of control or domain over the data they produce and share with the project.
WorkPacks has been deployed on Giga projects with each project stakeholder, owner, engineer, and contractor with their own data environment. By each partner maintaining a sovereign data environment, each partner controls the degree of information they wish to publish to the other, controlling how and when the data is published.

Data acquisition and transformation within the WorkPacks platform is easy. Partners do not need to waste time translating their data sets between applications. WorkPacks’ automated flows and Digital Threads (DTs) facilitate the data exchange through the use of standard data templates, enabling applications to exchange data based on purpose rather than format. As such, partners can pick when and how they exchange data and do not need to worry if their data sets are in different native formats.

How does WorkPacks support my project's sustainability goals?

WorkPacks actively supports your project’s sustainability goals by leveraging the principles of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP). AWP inherently promotes sustainability by ensuring projects are executed efficiently, reducing wastage of resources and minimizing the need for rework.
By optimizing processes and minimizing missteps, WorkPacks ensures that materials and resources are used judiciously, leading to less waste and a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, the streamlined workflows mean fewer idle machinery and equipment hours, which translates to less energy consumption.
Through enhanced collaboration and a structured approach to project execution, WorkPacks not only ensures that your projects stay on track but also that they are executed in a manner that aligns with the broader sustainability aspirations of today’s construction and engineering landscape.

Can WorkPacks help in increasing safety at my project sites?

WorkPacks can significantly enhance safety at your project sites. By emphasizing detailed and comprehensive planning, WorkPacks ensures that all necessary resources, materials, tools, and information are available when and where they’re needed. Such meticulous preparation minimizes instances of ad-hoc decision-making or improvisations on-site, which often lead to safety incidents.
WorkPacks’ systematic sequencing of tasks guarantees that operations are conducted in the safest and most logical order. This not only enhances efficiency but also reduces potential hazards arising from overlapping activities or unexpected interferences. With clear visibility into every step of the work process, workers are better informed, leading to heightened situational awareness and a safer working environment.
Additionally, WorkPacks helps manage the flow of personnel and equipment on-site, preventing overcrowding and congestion. By ensuring that only the necessary teams and machinery are present at any given time, it reduces the chances of accidents. Overall, the predictability and clarity provided by WorkPacks contribute to both improved productivity and an enhanced safety culture, fostering a safer workspace for all involved.

AWP implementation, particularly through WorkPacks, has been found to reduce safety incidents by as much as 20%, leading to a safer work environment for all involved. Adopting WorkPacks showcases not just a commitment to best practices but also to leveraging the best AWP tool in the market.

How can WorkPacks help in reducing total installed cost of my projects?

WorkPacks can significantly contribute to the reduction of the total installed cost (TIC) of your projects. By emphasizing efficiency, clarity, and predictability in project execution, it ensures that resources, whether manpower, machinery, or materials, are optimally utilized. This focused utilization minimizes idle time and wastage, leading directly to substantial cost savings.
Furthermore, early identification and proactive mitigation of potential risks and issues, made possible through WorkPacks, prevent costly delays and reworks. A well-structured work process, facilitated by this platform, diminishes the chances of execution errors, saving rectification costs.
In addition, WorkPacks’ integration capabilities across different document management systems, coupled with its robust revision control, ensure that all project stakeholders work from the latest information, reducing discrepancies and the high costs that might arise from potential misunderstandings or conflicts.
Moreover, the platform enhances communication and collaboration among teams, ensuring efficient decision-making. This efficiency, combined with real-time insights, allows projects to adapt swiftly, avoiding the steep costs associated with late-stage changes.

AWP implementation, particularly through WorkPacks, has been found to reduce the total installed cost (TIC) by as much as 10%, leading to more competitive project bids and improved profit margins. Adopting WorkPacks showcases not just a commitment to best practices but also to leveraging the best AWP tool in the market.

What value does WorkPacks bring to small-scale projects? And what about large-scale projects?

WorkPacks delivers tremendous value to both small- and large-scale projects in both the early planning and execution phases.
Risk reduction and value scenarios / benefits in early planning
• Improved incorporation of constructability into the design
• Clarity of information requirements/standards (plan for data quality)
• Alignment of procurement and engineering strategy with field/fabrication and startup strategy
• Improved clarity of priorities
• Improved visibility into constraints during Path of Construction Planning
• Improved shared understanding of the scope
• Earlier guidance to engineering and procurement on need by dates for design/information deliverables

Risk reduction and value scenarios/benefits in project execution
• More granular tracking of progress by work packages
• Improved change management
• Improved identification and resolution of RFIs before field execution
• Reduction in number of RFIs
• Reduction of punch lists in the field
• Fewer last-minute purchases/decreased expediting
• Improved transition from bulk construction to systems completion and testing
• Improved leverage of digital design models for procurement, construction, and startup

How does WorkPacks help in managing project risks and uncertainties?

WorkPacks provides visibility of plan vs actual in a suite of dashboards reports to provide oversight and monitoring of the planning process, constraint management and progressing. Example dashboards to improve visibility and reduce risk include AWP implementation oversight, CWP readiness over 3 month look ahead; CWP release plans, procurement readiness, module readiness, IWP look ahead and many more. Having a up to date virtual construction model (VCM) in WorkPacks provides project teams with situation awareness they need to reduce risks and drive predictable cost, schedule, safety, and quality outcomes.
With the availability of up-to-date and accurate information in WorkPacks, projects can drastically improve the probability of hitting their schedule. An example would be going from a P-50 to a P-90 schedule. In short, WorkPacks reduces uncertainty and improves predictability.

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Can WorkPacks be customized?

WorkPacks is intended to scale with user depth and digital maturity. Easy to begin use, a client can begin construction planning and work packaging according to embedded Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) principles with merely a 2D plot plan. At higher levels of digital maturity, a client/user can embed a 3D model and tie documents, materials, labor norms into the model tag set, creating a Virtual Construction Model.
For mature client organizations, often with custom-built enterprise-level digital tools, there is frequently a request to integrate WorkPacks into the client organization’s tech stack, creating a digital construction hub. WorkPacks’ onboard data integration tool, Workpacks Delta, can be used to build integrations without needing a dedicated IT initiative.
At the highest level of sophistication, clients may request custom functionality as a dedicated client module, delivering client-defined business processes and functionality. Such custom modules are built to run on top of the WorkPacks platform. WorkPacks has a proven record of meeting the challenge of custom development to deliver such modules when requested by the client.

Where does my data sit within WorkPacks?

WorkPacks is a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) application running, as a standard, in a multi-tenant secured server based on Microsoft Azure. Client data and operating environments are separated by logical data barriers within the application and the server system. The client assigns users within their environment only.
Upon request, WorkPacks can be delivered in a client-dedicated single-tenant server environment. In such single tenants, WorkPacks development staff are assigned as a server administrator to enable back-end management of the software on behalf of the client. In a single tenancy, no other client organizations are located within the same server.

Is WorkPacks a Digital Twin?

WorkPacks can help produce and analyze a Digital Twin, as the project model transitions from a Virtual Construction Model (see VCM above) to the digital representation of the built assets. The power of a Digital Twin lies in the data associated with actual built assets, including: a record of the asset’s state in its lifecycle, optimal operating ranges and limits, maintenance schedule, status of the asset in the current operating lifecycle, and other key data for a digitized representation of the real asset. WorkPacks Delta provides the digital neural network to track any and all associated data required for a Digital Twin.

Can WorkPacks handle complex and multi-disciplinary projects?

While other tools offer solutions limited to packaging pipe and steel, WorkPacks handles multi-disciplinary packaging for the entire project scope. This is enabled by our unique capability to package graphically OR non-graphically to take into account all of the objects not included in the 3D model. WorkPacks is also able to handle projects of any size and complexity and is currently being used on THE largest LNG project in the world.

How does WorkPacks maintain data security and privacy?

WorkPacks is firmly committed to safeguarding the data of its users, employing an exhaustive and multifaceted approach to ensure data security and privacy. Our methodology integrates strict cybersecurity measures that permeate every facet of our operations, from Agile Software Development and Dev-Ops to Human Resources and corporate operations. WorkPacks abides by the stringent guidelines of the ISO/IEC 27001 information security management standard, reflecting our unwavering commitment to best industry practices. The technological foundation of WorkPacks, incorporating ReactJS, NodeJS, and PostgreSQL, is widely acknowledged for its security robustness. Beyond this, our platform employs an array of safeguards such as access control, encryption, application-level firewalls, and extensive database logging and monitoring.
Leveraging the formidable defenses of Azure firewall, we actively fend off malicious elements, ensuring real-time interception of potential security threats. By supporting integrations with standard user authentication protocols and facilitating Single Sign-On with Azure Active Directory, we’ve fortified the security barriers for user access. Our attention to detail extends to features like mandatory session timeouts and multi-layered encryption mechanisms, both of which reinforce our commitment to data protection.
Further reinforcing our security posture, WorkPacks maintains a meticulous logging and monitoring framework, which facilitates incident-specific responses while minimizing system-wide disturbances. We prioritize proactive security measures, evident in our incorporation of various alerts ranging from suspicious login attempts to system health degradation, ensuring timely intervention. Recognizing the dynamic nature of security landscapes, we remain vigilant, routinely conducting diverse security tests, including penetration testing.
Clients are empowered with the provision to request independent security risk assessments of our platform, an initiative that speaks to our transparent operations ethos. Since inception, WorkPacks’ record remains untarnished with zero major security incidents, a testament to our rigorous security protocols such as the implementation of multi-factor authentication. Moreover, with exclusivity in our partnership with Microsoft, we offer a doubly secure environment for data storage and processing.
Our commitment to cybersecurity is underpinned by a comprehensive plan, which encapsulates risk assessment, continuous audits, business continuity strategies, and an unwavering focus on continuous improvement, ensuring the utmost integrity and security of our platform.

Can Dashboard and Reports in WorkPacks be customized?

WorkPacks offers a comprehensive suite of pre-built Dashboards, Reports, and KPIs designed to enhance AWP, Engineering Readiness, Procurement and Material Availability, Construction Execution and Progress Curves, and other best practice Project Controls reports. These reports are not only robust but also highly informative, offering profound insights into project health, progress, quantities, and upcoming tasks. Leveraging real-time project data from the database, WorkPacks empowers project teams to seamlessly craft customized reports. Moreover, it facilitates the seamless integration of in-house PowerBi reports directly from the team’s workspace, further enriching the reporting capabilities.

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How do I get my data into WorkPacks?

Data can be imported into the AWP software through two primary methods: flat file exchange and APIs. With flat file exchange, structured data is shared through files like CSV or Excel spreadsheets, allowing for straightforward data import, although it may require manual updating. APIs, on the other hand, enable direct and automated data retrieval and synchronization, enhancing real-time data accuracy and reducing manual intervention. Both approaches offer distinct advantages, with flat files offering simplicity and APIs providing efficiency and timeliness in data integration.

What is the learning curve for adopting WorkPacks?

WorkPacks seamlessly implements its solutions for all clients, irrespective of their AWP or digital project delivery maturity. WorkPacks’ versatility lies in its ability to efficiently process project datasets of varying quality. Through WorkPacks Delta, these isolated datasets are automatically integrated and contextualized into standardized data models, referred to as Digital Threads (DTs).
Experience the streamlined onboarding process with WorkPacks’ In-App Tutorials! With every WorkPacks SaaS subscription, users gain access to the integrated In-App Onboarding Tool. This tool encompasses pre-configured onboarding checklists, job aids, and automated in-app tours that initiate as soon as an object is selected in the UI for the first time. WorkPacks ensures an efficient onboarding experience for all user profiles.
Empowering users with knowledge, WorkPacks presents over 60 in-app feature tours at their fingertips. The intuitive in-app tour library enables users to promptly search for specific features and workflows. These tours facilitate self-paced learning, enabling users to comprehensively explore topics such as Early Path of Construction Planning, Configuration, Building Work Packages, Constraint Management, and more. Each aspect is covered through dedicated tours, enabling users to enhance their planning skills effectively.

What kind of customer success support can I expect with WorkPacks?

With WorkPacks, you can expect comprehensive customer success support that encompasses various aspects of your experience. This includes personalized onboarding assistance and ongoing access to a dedicated support team, ensuring that you receive guidance, troubleshooting, and best practice recommendations to maximize your utilization of the AWP software.

How should we staff and resource to use WorkPacks?

The use of WorkPacks and its benefits can grow with the resources you put into the software. Neither a large team nor specialized training is needed to reap immediate benefit in project planning. WorkPacks’ POC automation and tools for setting up project AWP Master Index (work scope breakdown) can be accomplished with a lean team of a single user supported by a constructability planning team. A few users can establish WorkPacks integration to the project technical stack; for this endeavor, the client will benefit from having a dedicated data manager to create the information hub around WorkPacks. For Owner Oversight on a large Giga Project, the data management team may be larger to help with aggregation and checking of data streams from outside sources into the WorkPacks platform; compared to the traditional techniques of manual handling of flat data files, a small team of data managers with the WorkPacks AWP tools will be able to keep up with massive data exchanges occurring on a periodic basis. For Workface planning and building installation packages, a team of few to many may be needed based on the project’s Total Installed Cost (TIC), the number of disciplines and project complexity. On a giga project, a team of ten to hundreds of WorkFace Planners are possible. With proper data integration, WorkPacks will reduce the time per package from tens of hours to a few hours per package. For a small cap turn-around, it may be a team of few, one to three planners are typical for a turnaround maintenance project of 25 million USD investment.

To support integrated materials management, a peripheral team of one to three users may be needed. To reap the benefit of work step progression in the field, entire contractor crews can contribute to the WorkPacks environment through the use of standard time tracking tools and based on proper integration to the WorkPacks platform. This does not increase the WorkPacks user count, but rather increases the number of peripheral contributors. The potential use cases for WorkPacks are varied, and the user base will grow with the number of focus areas and value propositions.

What does WorkPacks require from Engineering?

To best support the project, Engineering firms should continue to produce their engineering deliverables per in-house experience and best practices without the burden of inefficiencies to adopt Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) methodologies. Typically, engineering is effectively planned by discipline for optimal efficiency. The engineering firms’ priorities are different than construction. WorkPacks’ philosophy and design intent is that the software do the heavy lifting of translating the engineering deliverables into construction planning needs. With the WorkPacks software assigning the tagging and package relationships into the engineering deliverables, Engineering firms can drive conversations and decisions about sequencing of engineering deliverables to meet construction needs without the burden of managing the package relationships.

What does WorkPacks require from Contracting?

Using WorkPacks, the Contractor contributes to the project through efficient build of installation work packages using graphical and non-graphical packaging techniques. Properly integrated to data stores, WorkPacks eliminates time lost to searching data repositories for supporting data. The Contractor user can build and plan packages efficiently, with data connected through an integrated virtual construction model. Contractors can continue to rely on their internal time tracking tools with the benefit of time and progressing steps registered to the WorkPacks platform through an integrated tech stack built upon digital threads.

Does WorkPacks need a 3D Model to operate?

WorkPacks sets itself apart by delivering value and facilitating the implementation of Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) best practices without being reliant on a 3D model. By capitalizing on the project’s 2D plot plan, WorkPacks guarantees the effective implementation of AWP best practices, fostering smooth collaboration, precise scheduling, and resource optimization. This approach translates to successful project outcomes by providing a comprehensive solution even in scenarios where a 3D model is not at hand.

Where is WorkPacks supported?

WorkPacks is a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, which means it is accessible from anywhere in the world as long as there is internet connectivity. This global accessibility ensures that no matter where your project is located, you can utilize the platform effectively. Additionally, to ensure a seamless customer experience, we have a dedicated team of experts stationed across different continents, from the Americas to Europe, Asia, and Australia. This widespread presence empowers WorkPacks to provide 24/7 coverage, ensuring that our customers receive consistent and timely support, reflecting our commitment to excellence no matter the time zone or location.

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