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    • Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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      7:30 AM  -  8:15 AM
      Breakfast and Registration
      8:15 AM  -  4:30 PM
      Workshop

      Streamlining Production Planning and Control using the Last Planner System (LPS)

      Lean construction is a novel production management approach for designing and building facilities focused on increasing value to stakeholders while reducing waste. The application of lean is growing fast in the construction industry as more organizations are incorporating lean concepts into their overall philosophy and requiring employees to acquire knowledge about lean methods.

      This full-day workshop will introduce lean thinking and philosophy, as inspired by the Toyota production system, followed by lean construction concepts. Lean construction planning applications will be explored through the Last Planner System (LPS). Workshop attendees will apply lean construction concepts to real-world construction applications through hands-on simulation exercises that mimic real work challenges.

       

      Morning Session (4 hours):
      Introduction to Lean

      • Course Introduction
      • Lean History, Concepts, and Methods
        • Production System Design
        • Just-in-Time Delivery
        • Process Flow
        • Process Waste
        • Lean Thinking
      • In-Class Simulation Exercise

       

      Afternoon Session (4 hours):
      Lean Project Delivery

      • In-Class Simulation Exercise
      • The Last Planner System
        • Master Scheduling
        • Pull Scheduling
        • Look-Ahead Planning
        • Weekly Work Planning
      • In-Class Simulation Exercise
      • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

      Workshop Coordinator:
      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      Lunch
    • Thursday, August 23, 2018
    •  
      7:30 AM  -  8:15 AM
      Breakfast and Registration
      8:30 AM  -  9:15 AM
      Keynote Presentation

      Transforming Edmonton with Urban LRT

      The vision for the City of Edmonton of the future is being catalyzed with a significant investment in LRT infrastructure. The 13-kilometer southeast leg portion of the 27-kilometer Valley Line is now under construction, with much more of the LRT network poised to be built in the not too distant future. The portfolio of 'urban' LRT projects is designed to not only move people but is also intended to spur on transit-oriented development supporting the City’s vision of re-developing in a denser urban form. This presentation will touch on the planning, engagement, design, and procurement processes of the entire LRT network and provide construction updates on the Valley Line Southeast project

      Speaker:
      9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
      Research Presentation

      Risk Analysis in Construction using Monte Carlo Simulation 

      Although risks are an inherent component of construction projects, risk analysis can be an effective means of reducing the uncertainty associated with construction. Risk analysis in the construction industry involves identifying risk events that could potentially affect a project and its delivery, quantifying those risks, and developing mitigation strategies to enhance project success. This presentation will discuss the impact that uncertain variables can have on project outcomes and how Monte Carlo simulation can be used to enhance conventional risk analysis techniques. Illustrative examples will be presented to demonstrate the functionality of the proposed approach.

      Speaker:
      10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Research Presentation

      Crane Intelligence and Automation

      Prof. Jessy Kang will share how artificial intelligence and automation can enhance crane operations. Beginning with the path planning method he developed to guide crane erections, Prof. Kang will introduce simulation methods for crane activities using a physical engine and augmented reality. He will then discuss his recent research results, including the reduction of cable sway and smart rigging systems designed to reduce safety risks to workers, and how these deliverables can be applied to your organization.

      Speaker:
      10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
      Research Presentation

      Knowledge Discovery in Data (KDD): Why and How?

      Like everything around us in this day and age, construction operations generate an abundance of data for different purposes. Companies need to not only collect data, but also to use it effectively and intelligently. Extracting knowledge from data is an art and science that is becoming increasingly crucial for the competency and survival of construction companies. This presentation introduces some key concepts about KDD with examples of its application in the construction domain

      Speaker:
      11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
      Lunch
      11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
      Poster Symposium

      ICF 2018: Research Poster Symposium

      Our poster symposium is a great way to learn about ongoing research projects at the University of Alberta's Hole School of Construction Engineering. Visit student posters, ask researchers questions one-on-one, and learn about collaborative partnership opportunities.

      1:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
      Research Presentation

      Modular and Offsite Construction Practice the Move to Fabrication or Manufacturing

      From the early dawn of the industrial revolution, efficiency has always been an important motivational element which allowed engineers to invent new processes or improve existing ones by means of new managerial approaches. In this respect, the quest for efficiency in the field of building construction has led to the emergence of modularization which in turn catalyzed the expansion of off-site construction. The latter improved quality, scheduling and enabled better safety standards to be implemented since work is performed within a controlled environment. The above enumerated benefits have created different challenges the most important of which is probably the necessity to rely on better design and drafting for manufacturing (k.a. BIM) and automation or semi-automation. In North America, the culture among construction professionals insofar as: a) BIM is concerned revolves around primitive CAD tools; and b) as automation is concerned is conventional construction under a roof. This presentation aims at examining the North American practice or “culture” considering: 1) Offsite prefabrication and industrialization of construction practice in North America; 2) Technological Innovations in prefabrication of construction: the move from conventional construction under a roof to a true manufacturing; and 3) Prefabricated systems and manufacturing technologies: products and components.

      Speaker:
      2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Research Presentation

      Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Achieve Sustainability in Construction Project Management

      Tremendous amounts of data are generated as by-products during the planning and execution of construction projects. Although collected, these data are rarely analyzed or transformed into useful knowledge that could benefit future projects. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently reshaping the world by introducing innovative techniques that can use existing data to enhance sustainability. In this presentation, practical examples from real projects are presented to demonstrate how AI techniques, including data warehousing, data mining, and knowledge-based decision support systems, can be utilized to maximize efficiency and minimize waste by addressing problems such as schedule delays, cost overruns, and resources planning.

      Speaker:
      2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Research Presentation

      Turning the Art of Construction Project Planning into Science

      Despite technological advances and research endeavors in project scheduling, optimized schedules loaded with resources are rarely implemented in practice, relying instead on experienced practitioners to adjust schedules "on the spot" during project execution. Leading not only to wasted planning efforts and missed opportunities for productivity improvements, this approach can result in cost overruns and increased likelihood of workers encountering unanticipated safety hazards. In this presentation, Ming Lu will reflect on his personal journey of enhancing the science of resource scheduling. Then, he will focus on the art of project planning: why it lays the foundation for scheduling and why it provides the key for making scheduling matter in construction. In the context of earthworks project management, he will discuss recent endeavors at the University of Alberta that are focused on taking advantage of state-of-the-art advances in optimization, artificial intelligence, and automation to turn the art of planning into science.

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