What’s on the Summit Program?

Improved Project Performance = A Sharper Competitive Edge

Learn about integrated project delivery systems crucial to Alberta’s success

Attendees of the Contruction Productivity Summit in Edmonton will gain useable insight directly from COAA, CII and members of industry into the project performance best practices that are the proven path forward for improved productivity, quality and predictability.

Key topics to be discussed in presentations, panels and case studies include: Alberta’s need for world-class competitiveness (and how current productivity enhancement initiatives can drive this), what Advanced Work Packaging and associated best practices, tools and technologies can do for your projects (presented from the owner, contractor and vendor perspectives), the importance of – and emerging trends around – data management (including data strings and standards and digital twins), technologies that enable world-class competitiveness, how a ‘playbook’ approach to productivity can help set your organization up for success, and the next steps to achieving world-class competitiveness in Alberta.

All presentations will include audience Q&A time, and you will have the opportunity to interact with all presenters and panelists during built-in networking time. The Summit is also catered: all attendees enjoy a breakfast buffet, full luncheon and multiple networking/coffee breaks, all included with the registration fee.

Focusing the lens:
gaining local perspective of a global movement

This Summit was conceived as a means to re-introduce a project performance forum to the Alberta construction industry in 2019 (after a hiatus beginning in 2014). Advanced Work Packaging – the current gold standard for integrated project delivery – was essentially born in Alberta. Originally developed by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA), the WorkFace Planning (WFP) Model is a field productivity improvement initiative that produced outstanding results and led to the creation of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) model.

AWP – a CII / COAA joint research initiative – expanded the WFP model to include front-end planning and effectively cover the full project lifecycle, from concept to commissioning and start-up. In 2018, COAA also published and released an industry-researched and developed report on Scalable AWP, or AWP for projects valued at $100M and under. Today, AWP is being applied to projects of varying size and complexity to projects major worldwide markets, by many of the top owners, EPCs and contractors throughout North America and around the globe. While AWP is a proven method for improving project productivity, quality and predictability, it is not the complete picture for Alberta’s future success.

There are a variety of tools, techniques and approaches in project planning and execution being applied today that are complementary to AWP. The Construction Productivity Summit will focus the lens on Alberta’s economic conditions, and will explore a range of topics within the project performance domain, with a view toward helping our province’s construction industry achieve world-class competitiveness in the global market. 

The Summit Program

The Summit directly precedes the COAA Best Practices Conference at the Edmonton Convention Centre; official date to be announced.

From 7 AM to 3:30 PM, Summit attendees will enjoy interactive presentations and panels featuring COAA and CII directors and members, as well as industry SMEs and representatives of government on the following topic areas.

We’re still hard at work on the program, and this may be subject to change! Check back often for updates.

 

Breakfast and Networking Hour

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Check in to the Summit, grab breakfast and meet fellow attendees.

 

 

Productivity Enhancement Initiatives

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Hear from the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) and the COAA Future Leaders in Construction (FLIC) group, as well as the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Group ASI for a snapshot of the local and global project performance domain in 2020, with future lookahead.

Speakers

William O’Brien, Associate Professor: Construction Engineering Project Management, University of Texas at Austin

Yogesh Srivastava, Advanced Work Packaging Committee Chair, Construction Owners Association of Alberta

Construction Owners Association of Alberta Future Leaders in Construction Representative (To Be Announced)

Lloyd Rankin, President and Senior Consultant, Group ASI

 

The Need for Alberta to Demonstrate World-Class Competitiveness

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM  

An industry leaders’ discussion panel. How can Alberta respond to global challenges and become a world-class competitor?

Speakers

Dale Unrau, Senior Director, Industrial Growth Solutions at Alberta Economic Development

Paul de Jong, President, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada

Construction Owners Association of Alberta Director and Major Project Owner Representative (To Be Announced)

Guest Moderator to be Announced

 

Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Enjoy refreshments and snacks, chat with speakers and mingle with fellow attendees.

 

 

A Case Study in Achieving World-Class Competitiveness

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Implementers of Advanced Work Packaging and related best practices share their story.

Speakers

Josh Girvin, CEO, O3 Solutions

Additional Speakers Representing Major Project Owner to be Announced

 

 

Technology as an Enabler of World-Class Competitiveness

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

An explanation of the importance of data in AWP implementation including the language and the latest issues
(data strings, data standards and digital twins). This presentation will also take a look at emerging trends in technology that are applicable to construction and are changing the project management landscape.

Speakers

John Rodriguez, Technical Solutions Executive, Autodesk Construction Solutions

Mark Mehta, Senior AWP Consultant, iConstruct

Eric Crivella, Digital Construction Works

 

Networking Luncheon

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Enjoy an hour talking shop with colleagues and making new connections.

 

 

Productivity Playbooks for Achieving World-Class Competitiveness

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Practical examples of what has been achieved through the application of project performance best practices on projects of varying size and complexity using the “playbook” approach. Learn how this approach can help set your organization up for success. 

Speakers

Glen Warren, Co-Chair, Advanced Work Packaging Committee, Construction Owners Association of Alberta

Dylan Riley, Specialist Construction, Suncor Energy Services

Tyson Cote, Technical Lead, Cenovus

 

Networking Break

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Enjoy refreshments and snacks, chat with speakers and mingle with fellow attendees.

 

 

Making it Happen: Next Steps to Success

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Where do we go from here? A panel discussion between industry leaders representing government as well as the owner and contractor communities. 

Speakers

Dale Unrau, Senior Director, Industrial Growth Solutions at Alberta Economic Development

Paul de Jong, President, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada

Dylan Riley, Specialist Construction, Suncor Energy Services

Tyson Cote, Technical Lead, Cenovus

Guest Moderator To Be Announced