I had the opportunity to attend the Advanced Work Packaging Conference, held in Houston, Texas from October 2 – 3.   The event is organized by ASI, a company whose core business is work packages.  The conference is held at the J. W. Marriott hotel in the Galleria area.IMG_0098

When a plant is to be constructed, the plans for execution is called a package.  There are different types of packages for frontend loading, detailed engineering, purchasing, transportation, delivery, and construction.  In general, a package contains the job scope, outline, process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams, data sheets, purchase orders, construction drawings, piping details, and a whole bunch more.IMG_0095I met many people there from a host of industries.  One exhibitor recommends shipping equipment in their container which is easy to unload and can store the equipment in the order that it is needed – save space on your storage yard.  Anther exhibitor recommends using concrete supports for pipe racks instead of steel – it’s cheaper.  There were many software companies there that can store work packages on remote cloud servers and provide the software that allows easy management of the data.

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This conference is intended for everyone along the supply chain.  That includes energy companies, operating companies, engineering firms, transportation companies, and construction firms.  Of course, among that list also includes consultants, CAD companies, project management software firms, and companies in big data.

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After the first day, we ended with a little mixer and live music.   For more information, please go to:  https://www.awpconference.com/

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