If you get to the stage where you have WorkFace Planners, FIWPs, a process for removing constraints and WorkFace Planning software then your construction productivity will improve dramatically. Your team’s inertia will gradually pick up and your job will change from trying to get people to do stuff to a position where you work for them. Your job will now be to run interference for your team by removing obstacles before they get in the way. Get ready to say ‘Yes’ loud and often, when your team asks for stuff.
The Return on Investment:
The application of WorkFace Planning will initially drive up the indirect costs of construction by about 2%, (1 Planner per 50 trades). The application of organized planning and execution creates cost avoidance through improved productivity at the workface. The cost of implementing WorkFace Planning is recovered when we improve the productivity of our work crews by 6 minutes a day (1%). This is based upon the accepted “Time on Tools” standard of 40%. Industry estimates have pegged the potential productivity improvements from WorkFace Planning at between 10 and 25%, this equates to a reduction in Total Installed Cost (TIC) of 4 to 10%.
On one of the projects that we established the client had a fence down the center of the project and had two separate contractors, one using WorkFace Planning and one that did not. On the WorkFace Planning side of the fence pipe was installed at 2.6 work-hours per foot, averaged across the whole project. On the Non WorkFace Planning side, the contractor installed pipe at 4 work-hours per foot. While this evidence is anecdotal, the client has since mandated the use of WorkFace Planning on all future projects.