9th Prefabrication & Modular Construction Summit 2017

Posted On: 11-01-2017

Current and Future Trends of Prefabrication and Modular Construction Across the Globe: A MUST-KNOW Approach for ALL Oil, Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical Operators, Energy, Utilities, Asset Owners & EPC Contractors

From project efficiency to the ease of build, it is no surprise that modular construction is sweeping the industry. Prefabrication and modular construction processes have been used for years, but today, with the emergence of new technologies and construction practices, more and more oil, gas, petrochemical operators, asset owners and EPC contractors are adopting for modular construction and for good reason such as cost savings, decrease project completion time, decrease of construction site waste and many more...
Equip Global recently interviewed one of the expert speakers, Mr. Gary D. Wegner the Senior EPC Project Manager from CH2M, a knowledgeable oil, gas and chemical professional with over 38 years of experience in upstream, midstream & downstream engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of pipelines and facilities on his views about how prefabrication & modular construction approach helps the continued development of the oil and gas industry, understand the key challenges faced by project managers and how to overcome these challenges as well as factors that affecting the project delivery time. As part of his presentation in this Summit, Mr. Gary D. Wegner will also highlight the strategic approaches in dealing with different types of risk associated with modular construction projects.

Equip Global: You have been involved in Prefabrication & Modularization since this concept was first considered. What contribution do you think this construction approach can make to the continued development of the oil and gas industry?
Mr. Gary D. Wegner: The use of prefabrication and modularization techniques on CAPEX oil & gas facility projects often enables project feasibility in alignment with the business objectives driving the project. Projects may be shelved in early phase-gated processes if initial cost estimates do not indicate a viable business case.
The early assessment of major drivers and impediments to project execution may point to the implementation of prefabrication and modularization.
A few benefits from this evaluation include;
• Support of sequenced engineering and procurement deliverables that enable compressed construction and commissioning schedules.
• Support the viability of the FEL 2/Conceptual Design selected option and helps to ensure funding for project continuation.
• Provides for enhanced project safety and QA/QC performance.

Equip Global: In your opinion, what are the main challenges faced by the Project Managers/Engineers of Modular Construction Projects? What can be done to overcome these challenges?
Mr. Gary D. Wegner: Often the largest challenge facing project teams is an unwillingness or failure to acquire the Path of Construction (construction sequencing) during FEL 2 / Conceptual Design. The Path of Construction is critical in driving the sequencing of engineering deliverables.
Common obstacles to be overcome include;
• Engineering teams unfamiliar with this early process
• Concern over or obtaining approval of the cost of conducting Path of Construction exercises.
• Past engineering practices of waiting to perform constructability reviews until later in the design process.

In a strategic decision evaluation of prefabrication and modularization techniques, ten basic categories are assessed in a weighted analysis;
1. Schedule
2. Cost
3. Labor
4. Safety
5. Site attributes
6. Mechanical system
7. Project and contract type
8. Design
9. Transportation and Lifting requirements
10. Supplier capability

Equip Global: What are the factors affecting large scale modular construction projects to be delivered on time?
Mr. Gary D. Wegner: Several factors that may be addressed in early project execution planning include;
• Flexibility in the management of change (MOC) process. To support prefabrication and modularization techniques engineering teams should practice a ‘Management of No-Change” approach that implements incremental scope freeze.
• Effective project interface management planning.
• Realistic project CPM scheduling that reflects construction sequencing obtained through Path of Construction exercises and is reflected in the WBS.
• Concise flowdown requirements reflected throughout project subcontracts.
• Effective Supplier Quality Surveillance (SQS) that reduces unexpected Incomplete Work List (IWL) / Transfer work to the project site.

Join Mr. Gary D. Wegner and other global experts at the world leading Prefabrication & Modular Construction Summit 2017 which will take place on the 21-24 March 2017 in Singapore!
Prefabrication & Modular Construction Summit 2017 provides an excellent platform to exchange ideas and share experiences among industry leaders & specialists across the globe. Join this PRACTIONERS Centralized Prefabrication & Modular Construction Summit to resolve your most challenging modular construction issues.

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