In the most recent issue of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) magazine The VOICE, Project Production Management was spotlighted as an innovative and modern production method that can improve efficiency and effectiveness in the engineering & construction industry.

As the cover article describes, Project Production Management is the application of operations science to project delivery. Ram Shenoy, PPI Executive Director, describes in the article how PPM differs from traditional project management. “Other project management methodologies worry about the ‘What,’ the ‘Why,’ and the ‘When.’ They even explicitly exclude operations science from their scope. To our knowledge, we uniquely focus on the ‘How,’” says Shenoy.

Additionally, PPM works as a platform to optimize digital solutions. “Understanding where data affects production system behavior allows PPM to be a platform for applying digital technologies to construction, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and 4D visualization.”

Chevron Corporation is one such company that has successfully adopted PPM solutions for its projects. Gary Fischer, General Manager, Special Projects at Chevron said that “when we launch Project Production Control (PPC) on a project in construction, commitment reliability (meaning work planned for the next day versus actual work done) quickly jumps from 50 percent up to 80 or 90 percent. However, more importantly, we see reductions in the hours and time it takes to complete the work. For example, on one of our current projects we are seeing 40 percent fewer hours and 60 percent less calendar time to complete work under PPC. I am confident, based on the early work that we have done thus far, that the ultimate impact of PPM will be dramatic.”

As this article highlights, PPM is leading the engineering & construction industry toward better project delivery outcomes.

Read the full article here.

 


This article was originally published in The VOICE, Issue 3, 2019. You can read the full issue at https://www.curt.org/resources/the-voice-magazine/.


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