There are several "myths" within the industry surrounding AWP. In this section we reveal the most common myths, and how they have been busted by leaders in the construction industry.
Owner/Operators, EPC Firms, and Contractors of varying company sizes have already implemented Advanced Work Packaging on greenfield projects, shutdowns and turnarounds, and operating facilities, and have documented their success stories. Many elements of AWP are already established. AWP just formalizes and extends many of these existing best practices.
Advanced Work Packaging has expanded to total project optimization from concept through commissioning. WorkFace planning is a subset of AWP. Just because you have WFP practices in place doesn’t mean you are delivering Advanced Work Packaging.
AWP means different things to different people in different organizations. There is not a consistent definition of AWP across the industry. Owners need a clear, fit-for-purpose AWP definition leverage existing investments.
AWP impacts the entire project execution delivery system, which consists of all of the people, processes, and technologies used to deliver projects from concept through commissioning.
Former leaders in the industry are losing ground. What was revolutionary 5 years ago is now outdated. Leading Owners are focused on enterprise AWP programs and establishing new collaborative methods.
In order to fully reap the benefits of AWP, Owners must clearly define expectations with contractors and routinely measure and monitor AWP adherence as part of a successful AWP program.
The “advanced” in AWP doesn’t mean before mobilization, it means in advance of the concept and design. Setting the AWP framework up correctly during the early stages of planning and design is the only way to capture the full value of AWP alignment throughout the project.
AWP is applicable to all types of plants and projects, from as small as a $2 Million scope to as large as $75 Billion. AWP is also not limited to green field projects. The methodology got its start with shut down turn arounds and is applicable across the board, from brownfield maintenance and upgrades all the way to mega green field projects.
The intent of adopting efficiency paradigms like AWP is not to cut the EPCs revenue, it is to increase their capacity to do more work and make them more profitable. By making projects more efficient, owners can afford to do more projects and EPCs have the capacity to do more projects.
More efficient project delivery increases the overall pie for both owners and EPCs. Market leading EPCs get this and understand that it is ultimately in their best interest to work with owners to address increasing project costs.
The value of Advanced Work Packaging has been successfully implemented and has had documented success in several industry sectors including: Chemical, Process & Marine, Defense & Aerospace, Infrastructure & Transit, Power & Energy, and more.