Construction Industry Classes

Industrialization of Construction®

Like many industries, the construction industry is under constant pressure to improve productivity, and reduce cost and waste. While the productivity in the manufacturing industry has improved by four hundred percent over the last century, the construction industry's productivity has stayed flat, if not negative. One main reason for the improvement of the manufacturing and other industries' productivity is the 'Industrialization' of those industries. Industrialization of any industry will rely on the following five factors:
1. Management of Labor
2. Management of Work
3. Lean Operations
4. Modeling and Simulation
5. Feedback from the Source

This course will discuss how we can apply these five factors to the construction industry. To request the class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'Request Class' button below.

 

 


Project Management Training

This workshop is designed to bring together the knowledge and tools, skills and techniques of Project Management into a workshop format that gives participants hands-on experience in managing construction project work. Some of the project management techniques we incorporate in your training include:
  • Interactive Multi-Input Work Breakdown Structures
  • Multi-directional Scheduling and Project Visualization
  • Short-Interval-Scheduling (SIS®) for the field that optimizes the larger project plan
  • Job Productivity Assurance and Control (JPAC®), an exclusive MCA process that ensures the highest productivity potential
  • A unique Prefabrication process that reduces jobsite risk and increases productive time
  • And many more value added techniques
Don’t miss out on this opportunity! To request this individually or to sign up for an upcoming class, please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'Request Class' button below.
 



Externalizing Work® using Prefabrication - A Tool for Maximizing Profitability In Electrical Construction - 1 day overview course
This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of how to design and implement a pre-fabrication process as part of an overall strategy to develop an Optimal Electrical Construction Business Model. As the jobs get larger, only contractors that can improve productivity through better management of time cost and quality will survive. Pre-fabrication, along with vendor partnership and job productivity tracking, are key tools for optimizing the delivery time, cost and quality of large jobs. This workshop addresses the key steps in effectively implementing pre-fabrication as an integral part of the productivity management system by providing participants with MCA’s latest research on construction productivity and helping them understand how to apply the principles to bring dramatic improvements in profitability to their company. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

Topics include:
  • Research on productivity in electrical construction
  • Factors for optimizing labor productivity
  • Prefabrication: what it is and what it is not
  • Pre-planning and layout for large projects, including how to identify opportunities to externalize work®
  • Project Management and Organizational Principles to support prefabrication
  • Implementation planning, including setting up the prefab operation

Participants completing the workshop will:
  • Understand the state of productivity in construction today
  • Gain insight on their organization vs. the Optimal Construction Business Model
  • Identify key action steps needed for implementing an effective prefabrication process

 

Job Productivity Assurance and Control (JPAC®) 101: Overview of principles

Job productivity has historically been measured from the accounting perspective. This method of measurement has alienated the labor; as a result the outcome is data that is not useful. This course will teach the principle, exercised successfully by other industries, of measuring productivity from the operator’s point of view. The participant will learn how to establish a useful productivity measuring method. This will help them to improve productivity by making it more visible. To request the class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'Request Class' button below.

 

 


Job Productivity Assurance and Control (JPAC®) 201: Project setup and update process
Job Productivity Assurance and Control (JPAC®) is a process that requires understanding of the concepts and of productivity (covered in JPAC® 101), as well as the data and infrastructure support during the life of a project. This course covers how the JPAC® process is used on a project. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.
 


Job Productivity Assurance and Control (JPAC®) 301: Review and usage of JPAC® output
This course covers how to utilize the JPAC® output, including data analysis, interpretation, and reporting. The JPAC® output requires understanding of variation and how it should be managed for optimal process control and learning. The distinction of special cause and common cause variation will be reviewed so that participants will understand how to read the JPAC® output. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Job Productivity Assurance and Control (JPAC®) 401: Analysis and connections of JPAC® output
This is the capstone course for the JPAC® set of courses, and integrates the mastery of usage with other requirements of the Process of Project Management. Since the data in JPAC® comes from the front-lines of the work and installation, it can be used and connected to other project databases to provide the most accurate and real-time inputs to project management. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Short Interval Scheduling (SIS®) 101: Overview of principles
Labor management is the highest risk in contracting. Most of the issues that labor faces in their daily work are hidden from management. With 3-day scheduling all these issues become visible and project management and management of the company can improve on them to improve job productivity. The participants will learn hands-on, the simple methods and tools that can be used to schedule their jobs, and how to identify the obstacles and reduce labor waste which can improve job productivity by better than 30%.To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Short Interval Scheduling (SIS®) 201: Process setup and reporting
Following the 101 level of understanding the principles behind SIS®, this course covers how the SIS® process and data collection is setup on the jobsite. Participants will walk through the process as though establishing it on a project to develop the reporting structure required for the most accurate and correct usage of the system. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Short Interval Scheduling (SIS®) 301: Using the results for job level improvement
The SIS® process involves the daily collection of obstacles to completing scheduled activities. This data can be used daily for quick feedback and reaction to obstacles. However, it is most effectively used for job-level improvement and reduction of common obstacles. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Short Interval Scheduling (SIS®) 401: Understanding common cause variation
This is the capstone course for the Short Interval Scheduling (SIS®) sequence, encompassing overall usage of the results and expert knowledge for understanding and managing common cause variation on the jobsites. The course will cover what common cause variation is, why it is important, and how to reduce it. This will be connected to the JPAC® 401 level of understanding variation and how special cause and common cause variation go hand in hand for process control. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Prefabrication 101: Overview of risk and definition of externalizing work® - (4 part series of courses)
This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of how to design and implement a pre-fabrication process as part of an overall strategy to develop an Optimal Electrical Construction Business Model. As the jobs get larger, only contractors that can improve productivity through better management of time cost and quality will survive. Pre-fabrication, along with vendor partnership and job productivity tracking, are key tools for optimizing the delivery time, cost and quality of large jobs. This workshop addresses the key steps in effectively implementing pre-fabrication as an integral part of the productivity management system by providing participants with MCA’s latest research on construction productivity and helping them understand how to apply the principles to bring dramatic improvements in profitability to their company. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

Topics include:
  • Research on productivity in electrical construction
  • Factors for optimizing labor productivity
  • Prefabrication: what it is and what it is not
  • Pre-planning and layout for large projects, including how to identify opportunities to externalize work®
  • Project Management and Organizational Principles to support prefabrication
  • Implementation planning, including setting up the prefab operation

Participants completing the workshop will:
  • Understand the state of productivity in construction today
  • Gain insight on their organization vs. the Optimal Construction Business Model
  • Identify key action steps needed for implementing an effective prefabrication process

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Prefabrication 201: Building a prefab process - (4 part series of courses)
Regardless of how, when, and where it is done for a jobsite, prefabrication requires a designed process to be successful. The process involving who does what and when to support the externalization of work needs to be designed with all of the stakeholders in mind, and with a goal of lowest installed cost. The process begins with planning what can be externalized, using work breakdown structure and identifying risk as covered in the Prefab 101 course. The process then continues by using techniques of product development and production management such as prototyping and design for assembly, packaging, and installation. Information and continuous feedback and learning are critical for the process to be successful. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Prefabrication 301: Setting up the prefab environment - (4 part series of courses)
Establishing a prefabrication facility can be a significant capital investment. It should be built in support of a process for prefabrication as covered in the Prefab 201 class. The facility planning and design requires use of techniques from industrial engineering such as ergonomics, work flow, human factors, and production tracking. The prefab environment is the space where the advantages of externalized work® can be realized in a controlled environment, with minimal risk to the assembly. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Prefabrication 401: Connection of prefabrication to the project outcome - (4 part series of courses)
One of the most frequently asked questions about prefab is: “How do I know if it is making me money?” This question can only be answered by understanding how prefab connects to the overall project and ultimately business outcome of profitability. The goal for externalizing work® is lowest installed cost by reducing risk. The cost and benefit of prefab is multi-faceted and cannot be measured with dollars alone. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Vendor Managed Inventory 101: Overview of impact of material handling
This intensive working session is designed to establish the basis for the partnership between the electrical contractor and their distributor partner. The vendor partnership approach has demonstrated significant cost savings for both partners when they understand each other’s issues and work together to find solutions. Up to now, because of the typical adversarial relationships, the hidden costs and the other affects of direct purchasing have not been clearly defined. By reducing the costs associated with procurement, electrical contractors and their distributor partners will be able to outperform their competition and dramatically increase profits. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Vendor Managed Inventory 201: Determining VMI opportunities
Externalizing Work® focuses on reducing the risk on the jobsite; vendor managed inventory is one means for accomplishing this by reducing the 40% of labor’s time that is spent on material handling. Building on the overview and concepts covered in 101, this course focuses specifically on how to identify opportunities for using vendors for handling material using work breakdown structure, as well as understanding their capabilities as experts in material handling. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Vendor Managed Inventory 301: VMI information interchange and measurements of success
Involving the vendor in the process of material management requires a strong process for information exchange of all parties involved, from the project manager to the truck driver and the foreman to the outside sales person. There is a vast amount of information required to get material to the installer, regardless of who physically moves the material and how it gets moved. To have material delivered where it is needed, when it is needed, and how it is needed to truly minimize labor handling of material requires that the information associated with the material is exchanged efficiently. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Externalizing Work® through Vendor Managed Inventory 401: Development of overall Process of Procurement
This course is the capstone for the topic of VMI, and will focus on the entire Process of Procurement. On one hand, the process will be designed in detail for material planning, scheduling, delivery, movement, and returns as well as ongoing learning. In addition, the process will include consideration for integration of a vendor partner. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Advanced Project Management Workshop Series: Risk Identification and Mitigation
The principle role of any project manager is to recognize, predict and prevent project risk in order to achieve the anticipated outcome, profit, of any project. Leveraging the risk reduction capabilities of project managers will enable them to achieve higher system productivity. This seminar gives experienced project managers an opportunity to explore the types of risk they confront each day. Throughout the session, each participant will have an opportunity to collaborate with other experienced project managers and better understand the role of project management in the business process. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Project Scheduling & Time Management Made Easy
Scheduling and Planning have an enormous impact on project productivity and profitability. When used correctly, Planning, Scheduling and Time Management skills will help the project managers and supervisor to foresee and react to the constant changes on the job site. A construction job site is a very fluid work environment, in a state of constant change. Schedules are made to change. However, in spite of schedule changes, the plan needs to proceed. No job will finish without at least 70% change in its schedule, some planned, some unplanned. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


How to Avoid Killer-Jobs By Improving Estimation Accuracy
Estimation accuracy is vital to a contractor’s survival. One wrong estimate could lead into a major Killer-Job, which can erode the entire company’s profits. Hit ratios and accuracy of estimation can be improved by application of unique data-mining method and statistical process control. Using the historical data from accounting, estimation and job tracking, the contractor’s owners and estimators can improve their estimation accuracy cost code by cost code and increase the predictability of their estimated labor units per job. The participants will learn how to mine the existing database to identify the company’s overall productivity performance. The data analysis will then be used to improve the estimation accuracy based on the company’s overall performance. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Agile Construction®
Agile Construction® allows the contractor to rapidly adapt to job site changes in order to complete each project both profitably and efficiently. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


Strategic Breakthrough Process Improvement (SBPI®)
By systemically applying the SBPI process, an organization can transform itself into a near perfect delivery system for products and services. To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 


EAE ®
Using the historical data from accounting, estimation and job tracking, the contractor’s owners and estimators can improve their estimation accuracy cost code by cost code and increase the predictability of their estimated labor units per job.To request this class please contact: avanwagner@mca.net or select the 'More Information' or 'Sign Up' buttons below.

 

 
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