Benefits of Modeling and Optimizing Production Systems – An Application on Civil Infrastructure Projects


Civil infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, and airports, are critical endeavors for the growth and modernization of societies. Their public nature creates a unique level of exposure and scrutiny where project performance is in the eye of society. But unfortunately, the delivery of civil infrastructure projects suffers from less-than-optimal performance with abundant and striking evidence of schedule and cost overruns, while health, safety, environmental, and quality standards are being compromised. 

Many are attempting to address the criticality and complexity of civil infrastructure projects through the same conventional means that create the current situation, so performance issues not only remain active, but are amplified. To achieve radically better project performance including reduction of carbon footprint associated with project delivery, this paper describes the application of Project Production Management to identify and mitigate production-based risks and opportunities that are typically hidden through the lens of conventional project management practices. More specifically, this paper describes how project teams have unlocked value in the way of 20% schedule acceleration, up to 300% improvement in cycle times, which represents 100% improvement from classic lean applications. This is achieved by adopting a project production perspective including the use of digital technologies to map, model, simulate, analyze, and optimize project production systems, application of the Five Levers of Production System Optimization, and Operations Science.

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Garrett Bryan

Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

As Implementation Leader, Garrett is responsible for the configuration and deployment of Project Production Management (PPM) Solutions in the energy and industrial sectors, including education, training and improvement efforts working directly with multi-company project teams.

Shubhraneel Mitra

McKinsey & Company

Shubhraneel is Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company as part of their Capex and Sustainability practice in SE Asia.

Stanislav Gaponenko

McKinsey & Company

Stanislav is a Project Manager with McKinsey & Company based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Chet Carlson

Strategic Project Solutions, Inc.

As Production System Lead Analyst, Chet is responsible for leading Production System Analysis and Optimization including efforts to map, model, simulate, analyze, and optimize permanent and temporary production systems.