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Investigation of the Adaptation of WorkFace Planning at the Organization and Project Levels and the Development of a Mathematical Model to Quantitatively Evaluate the Effectiveness of WorkFace Planning Open Access


Other title
Work Packaging
Labour Productivity
WorkFace Planning
Lean Construction
Construction Planning
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Peng, Jing
Supervisor and department
Fayek, Aminah Robinson (Civil Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Fayek, Aminah Robinson (Civil Engineering)
Ma, Yongsheng (Mechanical Engineering)
Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Civil Engineering)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
Date accepted
Graduation date
Master of Science
Degree level
WorkFace Planning (WFP) is an Alberta-based industry best practice aimed at improving productivity on industrial construction projects by eliminating delays caused by excessive onsite planning and inefficient resource coordination. However, no formal study has been conducted to investigate how the industry best practice was applied at the organization and project levels since its debut. To narrow the gap, the current study investigates the adaptation of WFP within an organization and on a case study project, and proposes a mathematical model to evaluate the effectiveness of WFP. The study found that modifications to the standard WFP procedures were made at both the organization and project levels during implementation, and that most modifications were warranted by certain organization and project characteristics, which were identified in the study. The proposed mathematical model focused on the direct man-hour and monetary savings attributable to WFP, and is capable of assessing the effectiveness of WFP with respect to the mitigation of variance in labour productivity. The documented modifications to the standard procedures, coupled with the relevant organization and project characteristics, are of great value to the future implementation of WFP, especially in companies and projects with characteristics similar to those identified in this study; furthermore, the methodology used in this study to investigate the adaptation of WFP is also useful to study the adaptation of other industry best practices.
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Citation for previous publication
Peng, J., Fayek, A.R., Mohamed, A., and Kennett, C. (2012). “Exploring the Impact of WorkFace Planning on Labour Productivity Variance Mitigation on Industrial Construction Projects.” Proc. Construction Research Congress 2012, ASCE, 2376–2385.

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