No matter the industry or sector, every industrial construction project needs effective management and planning. Whether you’re upgrading or retrofitting an existing facility or building innovative first-of-kind industrial technologies, time and resource management is critical to success. Especially in large-scale, high-stakes projects, inadequate management can result in lost time, wasted labour, and diminished ROI for you and your stakeholders.

Today, many organizations turn to Construction Workface Planning (often abbreviated to CWP) to ensure their industrial projects are managed effectively from start to finish. But what is Construction Workface Planning, and how can it add value to your next project?

For the last quarter-century, Phoenix Group has been a Western Canadian leader in industrial construction services. Today, we leverage Construction Workface Planning principles to deliver on-time, on-budget results for projects of all sizes and scopes. Read on to learn more about the benefits Construction Workface Planning can have for your next industrial construction project, as well as how Phoenix adds value through every stage.

What is Construction Workface Planning?

Construction Workface Planning (often abbreviated to CWP) is an analytical approach to organizing and delivering necessary elements for field construction projects. Its methodology was developed in Western Canada to support projects in Alberta’s Oil Sands. Before implementing CWP, many Oil Sands projects experienced significant cost overruns in front-end planning, design, procurement, organization processes, and construction. To solve these issues, organizations developed systems to plan, coordinate, and optimize every stage of construction to maximize efficiency and eliminate unnecessary costs and delays. These systems ultimately evolved into CWP, which, after finding success in the Oil Sands industry, was quickly adopted across numerous heavy industrial sectors.

At its core, Construction Workface Planning is a complex system designed to get the right resources to the right people at the right time. CWP breaks down and analyzes required materials, documentation, and other resources to create discreet “packages” strategically delivered to worksites at optimal times to maximize efficiency. When executed correctly, CWP has been proven to maximize productivity and eliminate potential constraints and bottlenecks throughout the entire duration of a project. In short, Construction Workface Planning is an excellent strategy to save time, money, and optimize every aspect of your next project.

The Benefits of CWP

The primary benefit of Construction Workface Planning is efficiency. By systemically analyzing every aspect of a construction project, CWP can identify and eliminate inefficiencies and potential cost overruns in planning, procurement, design, organization, and construction. Fundamentally, it’s a holistic approach to construction management; rather than looking at project elements individually, CWP gives organizations the means to look at how elements interact with one another and streamline these interactions to maximize efficiency while mitigating downtime and overruns.

Additional benefits of Construction Workface Planning include:

  • Improved project party alignment & collaboration
  • Reduced rework
  • Improved project cost & schedule
  • Improved safety awareness & performance
  • Decreased supervisor & craft turnover
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced turnover and client satisfaction

Recent analysis has shown CWP practices can improve labour efficiency by up to 25%, resulting in an average of 10% savings on overall construction costs.

Construction Workface Planning with Phoenix Group

For over 25 years, Phoenix Group has delivered visibility, accountability, and value to industrial construction projects across Western Canada. Our CWP-powered approach to construction management allows us to provide unparalleled performance in every stage of construction, adding value through increased efficiency, quality, and stakeholder ROI.

Phoenix’s fully integrated WFP platforms, robust ERP software, and state-of-the-art documentation control work together seamlessly to provide industry-leading project performance from start to finish. Armed with these technologies, our project teams deliver actionable insight to streamline and optimize every aspect of your project. Finally, integrated project performance reporting keeps you and your stakeholders fully informed every step of the way.

When the time comes to execute, Phoenix offers three decades of experience working on some of the most challenging projects in Western Canada. Our full-circle approach includes fully integrated construction, fabrication, modularization, and maintenance services to support projects of all sizes and scopes. No matter your operation’s needs, Phoenix Group is ready to find innovative solutions to every construction challenge while delivering peak performance and value for you and your stakeholders.

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