Digital Infrastructure: The Value of Operations Science and How It Can Help Untangling the Supply Chain

Todd Zabelle

What is Operations Science? It is the study of the transformation of resources to create and distribute goods and services. Since the pandemic hit supply chains have been erratic, elongated, and unpredictable.

Call To Action

Gary Fischer, PE

Gary Fischer, PE, opens the 9th Annual PPI Symposium by discussing the three global trends that will dominate and overwhelm the global capacity to develop and execute capital projects: infrastructure, digitalization, and decarbonization, and how they are interrelated and compound on each other, leading to a huge demand for skilled labor, building materials, and new facilities.

Exploration in PPM Implementation

Roberto J. Arbulu / Andro Hutabarat / M Al-Azahary B A Sani

Roberto J. Arbulu introduces representatives from Petronas and PT Tripatra Engineers and Constructors, who share their experiences and results with implementing Project Production Management (PPM) and operations science in their major capital projects.

Life Sciences

Gary Fischer, PE / Michael Batie / Bob Snyder

Exploring the Unique Challenges of Life Sciences Sector: A Discussion on Greenfield and Brownfield Projects, FDA Approval, and the Role of Operations Science in Facility Design and Validation

Tolerance Management – A Critical Element When Moving Work Offsite

Iris D. Tommelein, PhD / H.J. James Choo, PhD

Optimizing Industrialized Construction: Managing Tolerances for Improved Product and Process Efficiency

AWP, Lean, PPM – Next Gen Project Delivery

John Strickland, PMP / Fernando Espana / H.J. James Choo, PhD

Leading experts from PPM, AWP, and LEAN, share their perspectives on successes and challenges within projects and debate if a new collaborative approach can become the gold standard of production methodologies in the future.

Keynote – Beyond the Edge

Hunter Newby

Exploring the Future of Internet Network Infrastructure: Hunter Newby’s Vision for Building Neutral and Efficient Interconnections

Energy Transition Deployments – How Are They Different from Capital Projects?

James E. Craig, PE / Todd R. Zabelle / H.J. James Choo, PhD

This conversation highlights the differences and challenges between construction projects and energy transition deployments, with a focus on the need for strategic thinking and consideration of factors such as standardization, local requirements, and capacity management for successful execution and control of these projects.

Todd Zabelle, SPS

How to Tackle Supply Chain Disruption

Todd R. Zabelle / Hunter Newby

Hunter Newby and Todd R. Zabelle tackled the impact of supply chain delays and macroeconomic factors on the data center industry, while highlighting the potential for optimization and enhanced transparency in the industry.

Todd Zabelle and Hunter Newby on Supply Chain

Digital Twin of Project Production Systems

Roberto J. Arbulu / H.J. James Choo, PhD / Stanislav Gaponenko / Shubhraneel Mitra / Corie Nalder / Guillermo Prado

Roberto J. Arbulu and H.J. James Choo, PhD discuss using digital twins in production systems, specifically in onshore field development for oil and gas production, to expand focus to include planning and deployment, providing a 3D modeling perspective for more efficient and cost-effective production.

Project of the Future – Vision

Martin Fischer, PhD

Exploring the Integration of Human and Digital Capabilities in Modern Construction: Insights from Martin Fisher, Professor at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering

Project of the Future – Roundtable

Gary Fischer, PE / H.J. James Choo, PhD / Martin Fischer, PhD / Iris D. Tommelein, PhD / Bob Snyder

Transforming Construction: The Impact of Intelligent Production on Trade Contractors and the Future of Projects

Academic Partnerships

Jeong H. Woo, PhD / Ivan Damnjanovic, PhD

PPI and their academic partners, Cal Poly and Texas A&M, share updates on their programs to bring PPM (Project Production Management) and Operations Science to the professional education world.

Welcome – PPI Update

Gary Fischer, PE

Gary Fischer, PE, emphasizes the significance of construction and infrastructure for the global economy. He is announcing PPI’s academic partnerships and initiatives with the aim of making PPM the leading delivery paradigm for capital projects, and is presenting the 2021 PPI Technical Achievement Award to James Choo of SPS.

Modernization of Construction – What Is It and How to Make It Happen

Todd R. Zabelle

Todd Zabelle advocates modern production methods in construction to improve safety and efficiency. He outlines a framework for simplifying production processes using a 4-5-3 system. He identifies four verbs and five levers critical to optimizing production processes and emphasizes the importance of managing work in progress.

Todd R. Zabelle

Why the Construction Industry Needs to Transform

Gary Fischer, PE / Jan Koeleman / Dave Connell / Dick Bayer / David McKay / Sauvir Sarkar

The panelists are urging the construction industry to modernize its institutional approach, embrace operational science, and adopt a portfolio contracting approach. They are stressing the importance of a mindset shift when selecting contractors and measuring the right things to improve performance.

Journey to Modern Construction

Roberto J. Arbulu / Dougie McMichael

Dougie McMichael, VP of Hess’s onshore production, discusses the need for managing variability in the oil and gas industry and Hess’s approach to improving operational performance through processes, experimentation, adaptation, technology, and people development. He also highlights the importance of environmental performance and cost management.

Journey to Modern Construction

Roberto J. Arbulu / M Al-Azahary B A Sani / Syed Ab Razak Bin Sy Ali

Petronas presents their vision for project management through Project Production Management (PPM), addressing concerns about COVID-19 related delays and sharing their efforts to achieve sustainability. They aim for net-zero carbon and 50% improvement in cash generation and non-traditional revenue within five years.

Modern Project Production

Efrem Haile

Exploring Microsoft’s Project Production Management (PPM) Initiatives: Analyzing its Impact in Efforts Related to Data Centers, Digital Infrastructure, and Supply Chain

COVID Vaccination Program

Randy Kelley

Randy Kelley led a successful COVID-19 vaccination program in North Carolina by implementing operational science principles, resulting in improved efficiency and higher revenue. He emphasizes the importance of understanding operational science and suggests mid-way introduction of principles for better outcomes.

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