Faithful+Gould Joins Industry Leaders to Improve Construction Industry Practices

Kathy Caswell
As a member of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Board of Advisors, Faithful+Gould works with clients and other partner organizations to identify and assign research topics that can be applied to enhance capital project delivery.

Over a two- to three-year period, each team conducts research and develops technology, tools and recommendations for CII members. In early November, Faithful+Gould program director Scott Maish hosted a CII Workshop for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Mobility and Accuracy Tools at our Los Angeles, California office. The workshop, a follow-on session to a workshop hosted by Faithful+Gould in Denver in December 2015, was organized with the objective of obtaining evaluation of new tools and techniques being created by a CII research team from leading industrial and infrastructure companies. Among the attendees were representatives from Chevron Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Technip, Cargill, Inc., and Arizona State University.

"The input provided by the participating industry-leading companies will allow us to fine tune our tools such that overall accuracy of results is improved."

Scott Maish, Faithful+Gould Research Team Representative

"The workshop is an important step in the research process where we are able to validate our research and techniques against real projects that have known results. The input provided by the participating industry-leading companies will allow us to fine tune our tools such that overall accuracy of results is improved." said Scott Maish, Faithful+Gould research team representative.

The CII Research Team (RT-331) has been given the task of developing tools to assess the maturity and accuracy of FEED to support phase-gate approvals. The FEED maturity and accuracy assessment tools will result in a more objective, scalable, effective and efficient framework to evaluate engineering quality for industrial projects during the front end planning process.

CII, based at the University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 100 leading owner, engineering-contractor and supplier firms, from both the public and private arenas, that are focused on providing research-based solutions to the engineering and construction industry. Faithful+Gould has joined with these organizations to enhance business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle.

The FEED maturity and accuracy assessment tools will result in a more objective, scalable, effective and efficient framework to evaluate engineering quality for industrial projects...

Faithful+Gould's participation in CII and ongoing research enables our technical experts to make a significant impact on construction industry practices and bring additional value to our clients' projects. It is an opportunity for our technical experts to join industry professionals, contractors and academic professors to develop operating procedures that often become industry standards.

The FEED research project will conclude with a presentation at the 2017 CII Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Written by