Faithful+Gould Brings Expertise to Develop Industry Recognized Practices

Kathy Caswell
Faithful+Gould representatives joined more than 650 industry leaders to participate in the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Annual Conference held August 3-5 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The annual conference offers insight on industry trends and focuses on research team findings and recommendations to improve delivery of capital projects. As a member of the 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. At the annual conference, several of the 25 active research teams share their findings, debut tools and processes and present professional publications on the chosen topics.

Over a two to three-year period, each team conducts research and develops technology, tools and recommendations for CII members. Faithful+Gould is represented on two teams currently researching topics that will be presented at future conferences. 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.

In July, we hosted the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Maturity research team at a workshop in our Denver office. "This topic is a key issue for our industry. It’s an exciting opportunity to work with representatives of leading contractors, owners and professors to develop solutions and share recommendations,” said Scott Maish, program director and Faithful+Gould research team representative.

"It’s an exciting opportunity to work with representatives of leading contractors, owners and professors to develop solutions and share recommendations"

Scott Maish, Faithful+Gould Program Director

It has become apparent to industry professionals and contractors that large capital projects are breaking down in the FEED stage, so effective planning becomes most important. The team is assessing the maturity and accuracy of the engineering effort associated with FEED on industrial projects. Through defining the level of FEED completeness, better decisions regarding project strategy, cost and schedule can be made.

“Over the next two years, our team will work together to benchmark FEED best practices in the industry. Both owner and engineer/designer have to be aligned as the project design process moves forward,” said Scott. “The owner's expectation is to make reliable cost and schedule predictions that enable a ‘go’ or ‘no-go’ decision for their project.”

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

Richard Tregaskes, a senior project manager in our Los Angeles office, is on the research team studying the Future Construction Needs of Virtual Information Models. The team is studying the effective use of models throughout the life cycle of a project. Their results will define how to improve information accessibility in the construction phase and effectively leverage these tools through to operations.

“During construction, contractors and project teams are increasing their use of models to assist in delivering a high-quality facility,” said Richard. “Our team is researching a project team’s information needs, defining near-term and future model use, identifying best practices in use of content and developing guidelines for implementation.

“Our findings will impact how we use virtual information models in construction today—and influence development of the next generation of these tools.”

Richard Tregaskes, Faithful+Gould Senior Project Manager

“It’s rewarding to work with representatives of design and construction firms from across the U.S.,” added Richard. “Our findings will impact how we use virtual information models in construction today—and influence development of the next generation of these tools.”

Richard’s team will present findings and recommendations at the 2016 CII Annual Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

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 the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle.

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.

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