Two articles written by Prof Hwang Bon-Gang, "Right on Schedule: Time is Precious Resource and Needs to Be Managed for Project Success" and "Project Risk Management: Maximising Opportunities while Minimizing Risks to Deliver Successful Project", were published in The Strait Times.
"Performance and Improvement of Green Construction Projects: Management Strategies and Innovations", a new book of Prof Hwang, is online, published with Butterworth-Heinemann & Elsevier. This book presents a holistic view on the management strategies and innovations for green construction projects, focusing on the assessment and improvement of green construction projects’ management performance in the areas of cost, schedule, quality, safety, risk, productivity and leadership development.
On 11 and 12 January, 2018, Prof. Hwang Bon-Gang and Prof. Carlos Caldas from The University of Texas at Austin attended the Mechanization and Pilot Projects Workgroup Meetings. During the meetings, research team shared the latest research progress in Mechanization Study and Work Face Planning with workgroup members.
On 30th November and 1st December, Research Associate Mr. Krishnankutty Pramesh, attended the International Conference (IPC) organized by the Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling (BIM Centre), at the Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Two papers were presented in this conference: "Critical Review of Design for Maintainability Research in Buildings” and "Are underground Residential Buildings Feasible?: A Preliminary Investigation for Innovations.”
On 8 and 9 November, 2017, Prof. Hwang Bon-Gang from National University of Singapore, Prof. Carlos Caldas from The University of Texas at Austin, and Mr. Chris Tisdel from the Construction Industry Institute, U.S. attended the Certification, Mechanization, and Pilot Projects Workgroup Meetings. During these meetings, the research team shared the latest research progress with the workgroup members.
From 18 to 22 September, 2017, Prof Hwang visited a series of universities in Nanjing, China. In Southeast University, Prof Hwang delivered two speeches: "Singapore Construction Industry & Project Assessment Policies" and "Integrated & Sustainable Productivity Assessment and Improvement Strategies", to the research students and faculty members. In Hohai University and Nanjing Tech University, Prof Hwang gave a seminar entitled "Project Performance Assessment, Benchmarking and Improvement", respectively. In Nanjing Forest University, Prof delivered a speech entitled "Management Strategies and Innovations for Green Building Construction Projects".
On 25th August 2017, seven research students from five Korean universities (i.e., Seoul National University, Ewha Womans University, Pukyong University, Hoseo University, and Kyunghee University) visited cPAIRu. Prof Hwang delivered a lecture “Introduction to the Singapore Construction Industry” to visitors. Mr. Krishnankutty made a brief introduction to visitors about cPAIRu as well as the ongoing cPAIRu research activities.
On 26 July, 2017, the Productivity Improvement Forum 2017 was held at JTC Summit. Representative from more than 100 companies in Singapore’s petrochemical industry attended the forum. During the forum, Prof Hwang Bon-Gang and Prof Carlos Caldas from The University of Texas at Austin introduced the results of the Best Productivity Practices Implementation Index (BPPII) pilot project. Dr. Stephen Mulva from Construction Industry Institute introduced the latest progress of 10-10 and Productivity Benchmarking Program.
On 25 July, 2017, Prof Hwang Bon-Gang and Prof Carlos Caldas from The University of Texas at Austin had a meeting with the Head and several members of Mechanization Research Workgroup. During the meeting, Prof Hwang and Prof Caldas presented the updated Mechanization Index Assessment Tool. The meeting also discussed the path forward for the mechanization study in the coming months.
On 27 July, 2017, a training session on Best Productivity Practices Implementation Index (BPPII) was held in ASPRI Integrated Training Center. Nearly 70 attendees from the petrochemical industry of Singapore attended the training session. During the session, Prof Hwang Bon-Gang and Prof Carlos Caldas from The University of Texas at Austin introduced Best Productivity Practices Implementation Index (BPPII), an important productivity tool that can assist managers in planning jobsite activities for making construction and maintenance activities more productive.
Prof. Hwang and Dr. Shan attended the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, Hong Kong, held between June 5 and 7, 2017. In the conference, Dr. Shan presented two papers, “Investigating Critical Safety Performance Factors in Green Building Construction Projects: The Case of Singapore”, and “Project Management Strategies for Green Business Parks: Critical Success Factors, Barriers, and Solutions.” Incidentally, Prof. Hwang and Dr. Shan visited The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on June 6, 2017, at the invitation of Prof. Chan Ping Chuen Albert, Head of Department of Building and Real Estate, HK PolyU. During the visit, Prof. Hwang gave a distinguished lecture entitled “Integrated & Sustainable Approach for Productivity Innovations of the Singapore Energy & Chemicals and Process Construction & Maintenance Industry” to the faculty members and research students of the department.
The productivity Improvement Work Group meetings and one BPPII workshop were held from 23rd to 25th May 2017. Prof. Hwang from NUS and Dr. Caldas from CII attended these meetings.On 23rd and 24th May 2017, Prof. Hwang and Dr. Caldas attended the Pilot Project Work Group meeting, Certification Work Group meeting, and the Mechanization Work Group meeting. On the meetings, Prof. Hwang and Dr. Caldas introduced the current status of the implemention of 10-10 and Productivity Benchmarking, Mechanization and the implementation of BPPII. The work group also discussed the follow-up of Activity Analysis (AA). On 25th May 2017, the BPPII Workshop was held in NUS with more than fifty attendees from owners and contractor. During the workshop, Dr. Caldas first introduced the BPPII analysis, the procedures to conduct BPPII, and the benefits of BPPII. Subsequently, Prof. Hwang introduced the results of the BPPII Pilot Projects First Round. At the end of the workshop, Mr. Smith and Mr. Yak Boo were invited to share their experience on BPPII.
Mr. Bob from CII, Prof. Hwang and Dr. Zhu from NUS held four days meetings with five owners and four contractors to discuss the 10-10 Program and Productivity Benchmarking. During the meetings, the online project submission status was first updated. Moreover, CII/NUS answered questions from both owners and contractors such as questions about the 10-10 online system and questionnair, and questions about the data collection. Furthermore, CII/NUS explained the real reports or sample report to companies, and the benefits that companies can get from these reports. In addition, Mr. Bob explained the aim of trying to collect data through work orders. This would simplify the data collection procedure.On 4th April 2017, CII/NUS held a meeting with Mr. William McLean Watson and Ms. Hongyi Zuo from Mun Siong. During the meeting, Mr. William explained the difficulty to collecting historical data which prevents them from entering past projects or activities. After Mr. Bob explained the 10-10 and Productivity Benchmarking reports of Mun Siong, Mr. William agreed that this would be quite useful to their company. On 5th April 2017, CII/NUS held meetings with Mr. Lee Chung Huat from Rotary and Mr. Murugan from Shell. During the meetings, both Rotary and Shell forecast that there would be several projects submitted to CII database. CII/NUS also held a teleconfernece with Mr. Yak Boo to discuss the third round Activity Analysis, the BPPII training in May, and the agenda and topics of PIW in July 2017. On 6th & 7th April 2017, CII/NUS held meetings with Mr. Smith Ang from ExxonMobil, Mr. Derek Koh Sien Hock from SRC, Mr. Johnny Neon and Ms. Elizabeth Francisco from Hai Leck, Mr. Teow Eng Him from Chevron, Mr. Tan Kian Boo and Mr. Ho Jia Quan from PCS, and Mr. Teo Choon Meng and Mr. Baizhong Liu from PEC.
Two Productivity Work Group meetings were held on 10th and 12th January 2017. Prof. Hwang from NUS, Dr. Caldas and Mr. Chris from CII attended these meetings. On 10th January 2017, Dr. Caldas and Mr. Chris introduced the implementation of BPPII pilot projects. The attendee had an in-deep discussion of this. On 12th January 2017, Prof. Hwang, Dr. Caldas and Mr. Chris introduced the current status of the implemention of 10-10 and Productivity Benchmarking, Mechanization and the implementation of BPPII. The work group also discussed the follow-up of Activity Analysis (AA).
Dr. Lei Zhu attended the SBE16 Seoul Conference held from 11 through 14 December, 2016. SBE16 SEOUL is a part of the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conferences 2016 Series focusing on promoting a more sustainable built environment in the post-carbon world. Dr. Zhu presented two papers in the conference: "Productivity Improvement Strategies for Green Construction Projects: Performance Comparison and Critical Factors" and "Critical Risks in Green Commercial Building Projects: The Case of Singapore". The first paper was selected by the conference committee to be published in an international journal.
Prof. Hwang was invited by International Contractors Association of Korea (ICAK) & Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Trade of Korea to chair a session for invited speeches at the conference organized by Korean Research Center for Overseas Projects (ICAK). The conference was held in Seoul, Korea on 7-8 December 2016.
The Productivity Council successfully held several meetings from 2nd to 4th November 2016. Members from Pilot Project Workgroup (WG), Mechanization WG and Certification WG, Prof. Hwang from NUS, and Dr. Caldas and Dr. Mulva from CII attended these meetings. On the meetings, the current research progress was first introduced. Moreover, for the 2nd year productivity initiative, CII also introduced the Best Productivity Practices Implementation Index (BPPII) and the plan for the BPPII questionnaire validation interview.
Prof. Hwang was invited by National Taiwan University of Science & Technology to give speeches on "Management Strategies & Innovations for Green Construction Projects" and "Performance Assessment, Benchmarking & Improvement for Capital Development Projects" on 18th October 2016. The students highly appreciated this seminar and discussed many interesting issues with Prof. Hwang.
Prof. Hwang was invited by Taiwan National Central University to give a speech on "Management Strategies & Innovations for Green Construction Projects" on 12th October 2016.
Researchers from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Construction Industry Institute (CII) held the second Performance Assessment (PA) seminar with the support from Singapore Chemical Industry Council Limited (SCIC). Seven Contractors and four owners participated in this seminar.
NUS/CII research team frist held a meeting with all contractors in SCIC's office. Mr. Bob elaborated the reason and methodology for Benchmark. He also emphasized the confidentiality of research work conducted by CII. During the meeting, contractors also raised their concerns about the survey.
Subsequently, NUS/CII research team held 11 meetings with seven contractors and four owners from 3rd to 7th October 2016. The seven contractors were PEC Ltd., Hiap Seng, Yeo Hong Construction & Engineering, Hertel Singapore, Mun Siong, Hai Leck Engieering Pte Ltd. and Rotary Engineering. During the meeetings, Prof. Hwang introduced the three years' research program and the benefits of participating in the benchmark initiative. Mr. Bob explained the methodology for benchmark and the confidentiality of research work. Contractors expressed their concerns about the research such as the procedure to conduct the survey, data collection approach and the final report.
The four owners participating the meetings were Shell, SRC, Chevron Oronite and PCS. During the meeetings, Mr. Bob also explained the methodology for benchmark and the confidentiality of research work. Owners communicated their interest in learning the methodoloty and participating in the benchmark initiative.
As an invited speaker, Prof. Hwang gave a seminar on "The Construction of Innovation Laboratory" at the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, Seoul National University. The main topic of this seminar includs:
The Productivity Council has embarked on a three-year initiative with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to introduce best practices, meterics and benchmarking for the PCM industry. This seminar introduced one of the projects: 10-10 Performance Assessment and Productivity Benchmarking. Dr. Daniel from CII conducted this seminar. The objectives of this seminar are to: (1) explian the Performance Assessment process; (2) cover the important definitions; (3) explain the available resources to help Survey Coordinators; and (4) provide an hands-on section on how to create and enter data for a New Project survey.
The Productivity Council has embarked on a three-year initiative with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to introduce best practices, meterics and benchmarking for the PCM industry. This seminar introduced one of the projects: Activity Analysis. Dr. Carlos (UT Austin) and Prof. Hwang (NUS) conducted this seminar. The objectives of this seminar are to: (1) provide detailed guidelines on how to implement the Activity Analysis five-step process; (2) explain the preparation steps and logistics involved; (3) present the lessons learnt from the Activity Analysis pilot projects conducted in Singapore; (4) share best practices to improve productivity on construction projects, maintenance activities, shutdowns and turnarounds.
The Productivity Improvement Workshop (PIW) is an annual event for the Productivity Council to showcase the key results and findings from its various productivity improvement initiatives. The main objectives of this workshops include: (1) learn more about Activity Analysisi Pilot Projects conducted in Singapore and the benefits of Activity Analysis; (2) Discover how mechanisation tools that have benefited the industry; (3) Find out best practices to improve project management and worker productivity in construction projects, maintenance activities, shutdowns and turnarounds; and (4) be engaged in a nation-wide productivity improvement effort.
As an invited speaker, Prof. Hwang gave an excellent seminar on “Management Performance Assessment, Benchmarking and Improvement for Capital Development” in School of Civil Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing China.
Prof. Bon-Gang Hwang was invited to gave two speeches in 2016 International Civil Engineering Graduate Student Summer School. The Summer School was organized by the Chinese Society of Civil Engineering and Southeast University in Nanjing, China. The first speech is "Management Performance Assessment, Benchmarking and Improvement for Capital Development Project". Prof. Hwang used two practical examples to illustrate the defition and function of Performance Assessment & Benchmarking (PA&B). Using cost, schedule, change and safety as indicators, Prof. Hwang elaborated the three implementation steps for benchmarking which are "Measure Performance", "Compare to Best in Class" and "Improve Project Delivery Processes". Finally, he explained the real effect of the implementation of PA&B. The second speech is “Management Strategies & Innovations for Green Development Projects”. Prof. Hwang first highlighted the certification criteria of "Building Construction Authory (BCA) Green Mark", the characteristics of green building design and construction. Through the comparisons with traditional buildings, he summarized the specifics of green building project management and highligted the challengers in the future. After the speech, prof. Hwang was invited to visit several famous buildings and places in Nanjing.
The Productivity Council has embarked on a three-year initiative with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to introduce best practices, meterics and benchmarking for the PCM industry. This seminar introduced one of the projects: Activity Analysis. Mr. Yak-Boo first gave an excelent opening address. Dr. Stephen Mulva (CII), Dr. Carlos Cardas (UT-Austin) and Dr. Hwang (NUS) conducted this seminar. The objectives of this seminar are to: (1) provide detailed guidelines on how to implement the Activity Analysis five-step process; (2) explain the preparation steps and logistics involved; (3) present the lessons learnt from the Activity Analysis pilot projects conducted in Singapore; (4) share best practices to improve productivity on construction projects, maintenance activities, shutdowns and turnarounds. At the end, Mr. Kok Liang shared ExxonMobil's experience in Activity Analysis.
With the lead of Prof. Hwang, NUS researchers went to Bukom Island to conduct the site briefing with Shell AA teams.
On 3rd and 4th of May, NUS researchers together with PCS staff conducted Activity Analysis data collection for a shutdown/turnaround furnance of PCS. The furnance is 10-storey's high. To collect enough data, NUS researchers needed to climb at least 16 times/day. PCS staff were interested in the AA method. NUS researchers shared the experience of AA categorization with them and taught them how to use the data collection template.
In the NUS Open Day, Prof. Hwang gave a speech introducing the Project & Faciliteies Management (PFM) program to audience.
The Pilot of Pilot Project was successfully held at ExxonMobil. The main participants were Prof. Bon-Gang Hwang (NUS), Dr. Stephen Mulva (CII), Prof. Carlos Caldas (UT-Austin) and Teo Kok Liang (ExxonMobil). After safety training and site briefing, the research team successfully conducted site walk through despite the hot weather. All participants gave critical comments during the debriefing at the end.
As an invited speaker, Prof. Hwang gave an excellent seminar on "Performance Assessment, Benchmarking and Improvement" at Seoul National University, South Korea. Performance Assessment & Benchmarking is a critical component for gathering information & understanding project performance, both externally and internally. Also, it is an essential part of a continuous improvement process going forward to generating successful projects & sustaining the success for the future projects. In this seminar, Prof. Hwang talked about a framework developed for evaluating projects using metrics specific to the characteristics of unique projects. This framework makes possible the development of a set of industry-specific metrics and a flexible data collection and reporting system for measuring project performance. In addition, it is expected that developing such a framework enables the industry to measure project performance more accurately, get meaningful project performance comparisons, and ultimately establish crdible norms for project performance.