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Title: FR-DCC-04 - Promoting the Use of Advanced Work Packaging: Phase 1
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Product Type: Final Report
Status: Tool
Pages: 104
An organization's level of maturity in implementing Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) affects the barriers it faces in that effort. This publication identifies potential solutions to the main AWP implementation barriers and suggests how to promote the use of AWP.
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The Construction Industry Institute (CII) challenged Research Team DCC-04 (RT-DCC-04) to recommend strategies for promoting the use of Advanced Work Packaging. AWP is a CII Best Practice that promotes a disciplined process for project planning and execution. It aims to systematically align the engineering, procurement, and construction disciplines across the project life cycle.

In order to achieve its goal, the team conducted a survey and a series of interviews to accomplish the following tasks:

  1. Identify companies that are implementing AWP.
  2. Analyze the main barriers these companies face during AWP implementation.
  3. Recommend potential solutions to overcome these barriers.
  4. Find out why some companies choose not to implement AWP.
  5. Uncover opportunity areas where additional research could positively affect the use of AWP at the industry level.

The research team developed an online survey to gain a better understanding of the current status of AWP implementation. This survey obtained 68 responses from 36 companies. It collected data about these companies’ AWP implementation journeys, including project focus, implementation maturity level, barriers to implementation, potential solutions to overcoming these barriers, and recommendations on how to promote the use of AWP. Along with the survey, the team conducted 11 interviews to gather more data on implementation challenges and critical success factors.

RT-DCC-04’s research findings indicate that AWP is being utilized globally by projects in a wide range of sizes. Among the companies that participated in this study, the average AWP implementation maturity level (based on the five maturity model dimensions set out by RT-272) was 1.8 on a scale that ranges from 1.0 to 3.0, with 3.0 being the most mature (CII/COAA 2013a). RT-DCC-04’s analysis also showed that there was greater maturity in aspects related to understanding AWP benefits, while maturity was lower in dimensions that dealt with AWP implementation strategy, training, and support.

RT-DCC-04 also conducted a comprehensive analysis of AWP implementation barriers. One of the findings indicated a relationship between the barriers a company faced and its maturity level:

  • Companies with higher maturity levels faced barriers related to integrating AWP with engineering and integrating AWP procedures with existing processes.
  • Companies with median maturity reported encountering barriers related to a lack of mature resources to implement AWP and an insufficient understanding of how to integrate AWP with existing procedures.
  • Companies with lower maturity presented barriers related to recognizing the value of AWP and understanding its concepts.

The team identified potential solutions to the main AWP implementation barriers and also compiled its suggestions on how to promote the use of AWP. The research findings made clear that there are ways to positively promote AWP implementation at the industry level.