Webinar Recap – May 11, 2023: Collaborative Contracting for SMRs

On May 11, PTAG’s Collaborative Contracting subject matter experts, Michael Dubreuil and Bruce Burwell, hosted a highly informative and engaging webinar on Collaborative Contracting for SMRs.

They presented an update on how Collaborative Contracting is supporting early first-mover SMR projects in both the United States and Canada.

The world will increasingly rely on Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to meet its emission targets as it transitions its sources of energy generation. Compared to other alternatives, SMRs provide a safer, more reliable, economical, and environmentally responsible alternative for industry and society.

The event brought together industry experts, thought leaders, and professionals from various industries, all eager to explore the latest trends and insights in Collaborative Contracting for SMRs.

In this webinar, Michael and Bruce discussed the key features and benefits of collaborative contracting and how it can address SMR development and deployment challenges and opportunities.

For those who missed the live event or wished to revisit the valuable discussions, we have uploaded the full webinar recap video. If you would like to learn more about how Collaborative Contracting can help your projects, or learn more about PTAG’s work supporting SMR first movers, please get in touch with us!

This is the recap video recording of the webinar, which was originally recorded on May 11, 2023.

Stay tuned for future webinars and industry updates from PTAG!

Collaborative Contracting for SMR’s Webinar

Are you interested in learning how Collaborative Contracting can help you achieve your goals in the emerging field of small modular reactors (SMRs)? 

Join PTAG’s Collaborative Contracting subject matter experts on May 11th, 2023, at 12pm EDT as they present an update on how Collaborative Contracting is supporting early first mover SMR projects in both the United States and Canada.

The world will increasingly rely on Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to meet its emission targets as it transitions its sources of energy generation. Compared to other alternatives, SMRs provide a safer, more reliable, economical, and environmentally responsible alternative for industry and society.

With the planned pace of transition, realizing the potential of SMRs to help meet emissions targets will require greater cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders, such as the Governments, Local Communities, Financial Community, SMR Technology Providers, Electrical Generation Supply Chains, Project Managers, Engineers and Constructors.

Collaborative contracting is an innovative approach to project delivery that fosters trust, transparency, and alignment between project stakeholders. This Collaborative Contracting reduces risks, costs and delays while increasing safety, quality, innovation, and value.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What are the key features and benefits of collaborative contracting
  • How collaborative contracting can address the challenges and opportunities

Get to know PTAG’s speaker:

Michael Dubreuil

Managing Partner, PTAG Inc. 

Bruce Burwell

Partner, Capital Projects

Webinar Recap –Digital Transformation: Automating Field Reporting & Progressing– September 20 at CIM MEMO 2022

Digital Transformation: Automating Field Reporting & Progressing

Listen in to this video recap as PTAG industry thought leaders, Feroz Ashraf, and Bob Brown, discuss Digital Transformation, Automating, Field Reporting & Progressing.

This is the recap video of the session presented in Sudbury at the CIM | Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (MEMO 2022) on September 20, 2022.

The global pandemic has created a challenge to measure and record progress at mining construction sites. In particular, remote mining sites have been hard hit. This is due to physical restrictions and constraints at the site to limit the number of workers or staff compounded by testing and vaccination requirements and administration, “social distancing” and PPE requirements, and minimization of physical interactions and face-to-face meetings. The mining industry is challenged by travel restrictions, fluctuating commodity prices, and supply/demand and delivery issues accentuated by the pandemic.

It is evident from global responses to date that companies with high digital maturity and utilization have done significantly better than others who have relied on manual or semi-manual systems. There is a serious need within the industry to rethink and re-invent to improve productivity and resulting performance. An easy solution is to set up an “integrated” digital system that will capture the project data and provide reliable and real-time data on the project’s performance. Typically, contractors provide weekly updates, and it takes another week to consolidate and integrate the data.

This presentation discusses how leveraging current technology and industry best practices will lead to faster, better-informed decision-making and project performance improvement. Results of case studies presented and show how to address data collection at multiple levels at the work site using hand-held portable devices to provide meaningful insights, productivity measurements, and multiple shift data, mitigating COVID-19 impacts and reducing rework and change orders.

 In summary, the presentation presents simple steps to implement such solutions and how owners can leverage easy-to-implement technology and best practices to provide faster decision-making and project performance improvement.

Join the presentation on the spectrum of approaches to Contract Strategy at CII’s AWP + Lean Virtual Summit to learn various contracting strategies that can provide the most benefit in either your Advanced work packaging or Lean project scenarios.

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) is presenting its first-ever CII AWP & Lean Summit focused on the exploration of (and recommendations around) aligning and combining Advanced Work Packaging and Lean Construction approaches for effective and efficient integrated project delivery.

PTAG’s Partner for Capital Projects, Bruce Burwell, a subject matter expert on contracting strategies will be discussing contracting approaches available that incorporate Advanced Work Packaging alongside Mr. John Strickland, Project Delivery Leader at Burns & McDonnell who will focus on approaches with a Lean Construction perspective. This session will help you understand how to apply Lean methods and Advanced Work Packaging in a Collaborative contracting model.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
7:30am CDT / 8:30am EST / 5:30am PST

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Construction Industry Institute’s (CII) best practice – Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a planned, executable process that encompasses the work on an EPC project, beginning with initial planning and continuing through detailed design and construction execution. AWP focuses on bringing alignment amongst project teams – engineering, procurement, construction at the front-end of the project. The team helps determine the best project execution strategy to have a successful outcome. With the end in mind approach, AWP helps improve project visibility and predictability.

Lean Construction Institute’s Lean Project Delivery (LPD or Lean-IPD) aligns the key project participants as an integrated team with the common objective of acting as one team to deliver a project that creates the best value possible for the owner and success for all the stakeholders. The integrated project team helps the owner decide what they want and not only realize decisions and perform activities.

Lean-IPD offers collaborative tools to provide a clear framework with specific goals. Whereas AWP is a method that develops a clear path to construction, develops work packages that support the path to construction, aligns stakeholders, and has dedicated planners that affords the foreman the time needed in the field with the trades and crew.

Often projects face challenges in terms of their performance by way of budget, cost, and schedule overruns. Some of the common issues faced are but are not limited to scope creep, lack of communication between the stakeholders, lack of clear objectives, inadequate risk management, conflicts, and lack of accountability, etc.

To improve project performance, we need to change the way we deliver projects. Choosing the right contract strategy early in the project can help address these issues and significantly improve your project delivery. Aligning various stakeholders involved in the project such as owners’ team, supplier, sub-contractor, engineering, construction, etc. is important to meet the common objective i.e., the successful outcome of the project. However, one size does not fit all, and it is imperative to learn various strategies available that would suit your project requirements.

This joint session will discover multiple contracting approaches to strengthen both Advanced Work Packaging and Lean Project Delivery.

The topic for the session is spectrum of approaches to Contract Strategy.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
7:30am CDT / 8:30am EST / 5:30am PST

Register today to attend the event.

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If you would like to learn more about Contracting Strategies, please contact us.


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Join us for a panel discussion on Successes and Developments in Large Energy Projects at the Canadian Nuclear Association’s virtual conference.

PTAG is pleased to participate at Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) virtual conference and Trade Show, a premier event for Canada’s nuclear industry. Now in its 22nd year, the event regularly attracts over 850 attendees from industry, government, and academia. The theme of CNA2021 is “Leading Innovations to Achieve a Net-Zero World.” PTAG’s thought leader Michael Dubreuil will be in a panel discussion on Successes and Developments in Large Energy Projects with other industry leaders to look at the success of two very large energy projects that have experienced great success using some of the new methods and principles on collaboration and integration.

Canada’s two largest nuclear projects refurbishing – Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington Unit 2 and Bruce Power’s MCR Unit 6 are examples of the use of collaboration and integration methods to improve planning and execution on large complex energy projects.

Large capital projects are inherently risky and notorious for incurring significant cost and schedule overruns.  In August of 2018, at its annual conference in Indianapolis the Construction Industry Institute (CII) published its two years of research on collaborative contracting resulting in Integrated Industrial Project Delivery (I2PD) that provides a structured framework for rigorous implementation of nine principles and twenty-one methods to support intense collaboration and integration on large scale industrial projects. Industry results going back thirty years show that these principles and methods are proven to improve project success rates across all key performance areas including quality, safety, and early schedule and cost certainty.

The panelists will look at the success of the first stage of OPG’s Darlington Unit 2 refurbishment and the Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program and MCR Project using some of these principles and methods. They will also discuss growing industry support for I2PD, and some of its core Principles and Methods such as Lean tools, integrated schedules and estimates, pooled contingencies, collaborative decision-making, and shared risks and rewards.  

The topic for Panel Discussion: Successes and Developments in Large Energy Projects

Panelists:

  • Michael Dubreuil – Managing Partner, PTAG Inc.
  • Jeff Phelps – VP, Major Projects, Bruce Power
  • Greg Thede – VP, Nuclear Strategy & Business Development, AECON Nuclear
  • Subo Sinnathamby – Senior VP, Nuclear Refurbishment, Ontario Power Generation
  • Eric Gould – Partner, Modus Strategic Solutions

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
13:15 CST / 14:15 EST / 11:15 PST

Register today to attend the panel discussion
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If you would like to learn more about Integrated Industrial Project Delivery (I2PD) please contact PTAG.

Join this conference to explore the leading-edge projects and technologies that are poised to make Canada’s nuclear industry an indispensable part of our clean energy future. While CNA2021 will take place in a virtual space, you can still expect plenty of opportunity to network with industry leaders and peers.

Significantly improve project delivery time and quality by attending a free webinar on Industrial Integrated Project Delivery (I2PD) with a supporting case study. Includes validated learnings and potential future benefits to the industry.

PTAG’s I2PD subject matter experts Bruce Burwell and Michael Dubreuil will be presenting a case study for the implementation of the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII) emerging best practice – The Industrial Integrated Project Delivery or I2PD on a major owner’s pilot project.

I2PD model is a project delivery method that uses high levels of collaboration and integration amongst construction project owner and their contractors and suppliers in key construction phases and has proven to significantly improve the delivery time and quality.

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) Community of Practice is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, July 21st at 4:00 PM CDT on an Industrial Integrated Project Delivery (I2PD) with a supporting Case Study. The presentation will include validated learnings and potential future benefits that it can bring to the industry.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
4pm CDT / 5pm EST / 2pm PST

Register today to attend the free live community webinar.

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If you would like to learn more about I2PD please contact us.

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PTAG Presentation for CURT® Lean Project Delivery Summit on 2021, May 3rd on Industrial IPD (I2PD) Application vs Traditional IPD Approach

Bruce Burwell, PTAG’s Partner for Capital Projects, was honoured to present today on Industrial IPD Application vs Traditional IPD Approach at the Construction Users Roundtable CURT® Lean Project Delivery Summit. He was also one of the panelists for the Panel Discussion on IPD Approaches and Components. This direct and to-the-point presentation talks about the difference in approaches of Traditional and Collaborative contracting strategies, the evolution of I2DP, its usage, and its implementation.

This presentation was originally presented at CURT Lean Project Delivery Summit on May 3rd, 2021.

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Industrial Integrated Project Delivery (I2PD) is an approach of balancing nine principles to promote team collaboration and integration of work processes and systems to optimize project outcomes.

COMMERCIAL IPD – Collaboration Principles

1. Continuous Communication and Issue Resolution Process

2. Jointly Developed and Validated Targets

3. Access to Shared Information Systems

4. Early Involvement of Stakeholders

5. Collaborative and Equitable Decision Making

ALLIANCING – Integration Principles

6. Financial Transparency among Key Participants

7. Shared Risk and Reward

8. Relational Contracting, Multi-party Agreement

9. Negotiated Risk Distribution

How the traditional and Collaborative contracting strategies differ in their approach:

Traditional ContractingCollaborative Contracting
Start the project like last time but hope for better resultsBuild better. Set project goals with the project team.
Each trade does their own thingDeveloped by the team. Adjusted daily by the last planners.
Always looking for the lowest bidderBuild a team very early. Use it to drive success.
Expect some delays and overages.On-time. On Budget. What the client needed.

Commercial IPD has been proven to have a superior performance in metrics related to quality, communication, and change performance. Some of the noted benefits of I2PD:

  • Optimum & Faster designs
  • Integrated and accelerated execution
  • Improved cost certainty
  • Improved schedule certainty

In the COVID-19 times, I2PD is a good approach for quickly planning and executing capital projects as government and industry relaunch the global economy.

To learn more please contact us.

Interested in downloading the slide deck? Click here for Direct Download.

Originally recorded: May 3rd, 2021

Get to know PTAG’s speaker:

For more information on CURT please visit them at https://www.curt.org/.

PTAG Presentation for CURT® Lean Project Delivery Summit on 2021, May 3rd on CII Research: Case Study – Lean management principles & their impact on successful project delivery

Bruce Burwell, PTAG’s Partner for Capital Projects, presented a session on Case Study – Lean management principles & their impact on successful project delivery at CURT Lean Project Delivery Summit. This in-depth presentation offers a good understanding of I2PD with the help of a case study and researched data.

This presentation was originally presented at CURT Lean Project Delivery Summit on May 3rd, 2021.

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Presentation’s agenda:

Overview of PTAG’s Case Study – Collaborative Contracting Schedule, Cost and Scope Improvement Using Industrial Integrated Project Delivery – I2PD

Refer the presentation for the in-depth details of this case study where we discuss the goals, obstacles, solution, process, and results.

If you would like to learn more about I2PD please contact us.

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Originally Recorded: May 3rd, 2021


Get to know PTAG’s speaker:

For more information on CURT please visit them at https://www.curt.org/.
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Video Recap – Canadian Institute of Mining’s CIM Virtual Convention 2021, May 3rd: The Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices to Minimize Project Risk

Watch this video recap, as Feroz Ashraf, PTAG’s Executive Advisor for Capital Projects, presents this direct and to the point session providing practical and validated examples on “The Importance of Front-End Planning and Leveraging Industry Best Practices to Minimize Project Risk” at CIM 2021.

This is the video recording of the presentation which was originally presented at the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Annual Virtual Convention CIM 2021 on May 3rd, 2021.

Globally, including North America, most capital and sustaining projects have been impacted by COVID and resulting economic slowdown. Projects are also experiencing significant productivity impacts due to the new normal COVID working conditions, as well as increasing emphasis on safety, security, and regulatory compliance.

Due to budget cuts, project and construction teams have been reduced by 30% or more. Across the board, our industry is also seeing increases in material and equipment costs due to COVID with commodity price volatility and supply/demand uncertainty presenting additional challenges.

To mitigate these issues the project team must further increase the use of the Front-End Planning process, deploy industry best practices, conduct extensive value engineering exercises, as well as thorough internal and external risk assessment process. In doing so, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) has established through its industry research that a significant saving can be achieved and gain in productivity:

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Find out more about the event here: The Experience (cim.org)

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Video Recap – Canadian Institute of Mining’s CIM Virtual Convention 2021, May 3rd: How to Plan and Execute Capital Projects in Volatile and Uncertain Times

Watch this video recap, as Feroz Ashraf, PTAG’s Executive Advisor for Capital Projects, presents this direct and to-the-point session on “How to Plan and Execute Capital Projects in Volatile and Uncertain Times” at CIM 2021.

This is the recap video recording of the presentation which was originally presented at the Canadian Institute of Mining’s Annual Virtual Convention CIM 2021 on May 3rd, 2021.

Globally, including North America, most capital and sustaining projects have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic slowdown. Projects are also experiencing significant productivity impacts due to the new normal COVID working conditions, as well as increasing emphasis on safety, security, and regulatory compliance.

The presentation focuses on below key areas:

Interested in downloading the slide deck? Click here for Direct Download.

Find out more about the event here: The Experience (cim.org)

Get to know our speakers: