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NEHP Welcomes Bob Orchard as Integration Project Manager

Posted by NEHP on Nov 27, 2018 8:47:00 AM

NEW INTEGRATION PROJECT MANAGER BRINGS Deep Experience with HP PROCESS PIPING

NEHP is pleased to welcome Bob Orchard to our team of Construction Productivity experts. Bob has been hired as Integration Project Manager, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in process industries with high-purity piping technologies.

Bob's broad experience covers the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, oil and gas, petrochemical, steam and cogeneration, cryogenics, food and consumer products, and semiconductor industries.

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Topics: integration project manager, careers

New Pre-Construction Manager Joins NEHP Team

Posted by NEHP on Oct 31, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Adam Bowen Hired as Pre-Construction Manager

NEHP is pleased to welcome Adam Bowen to our growing roster of Construction Productivity experts. Adam has been hired to fill the position of Pre-Construction Manager, bringing with him two decades of project management expertise as well as an advanced degree in the same field from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Adam has relocated to Vermont for this position, and will be in charge of project evaluation, team alignment and scheduling, logistical management, as well as refinement and integration of program management systems and processes to ensure our continued delivery of lean-driven and value-engineered projects.

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Topics: pre-construction manager, careers

Just-in-Time (JIT) Delivery and the Construction Industry

Posted by Adam Tarr on Oct 11, 2018 11:49:55 AM

Eliminate Inventory Waste and More with JIT Delivery

Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery is an inventory management approach designed to eliminate waste by "receiving goods only as they [are needed] for production processes." [1]  While JIT delivery is most often correlated with combating the issue of inventory waste, it is also perfectly applicable to the elimination of D.O.W.N.T.I.M.E and all of the 8 wastes of lean. 

In construction or manufacturing processes, inventory waste is generally the result of unnecessary stockpiling of materials due to over-estimating and over-ordering. But it can also include and/or lead to the unnecessary use of said materials, thus translating to a whole host of wasted effort, time, and material.

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Topics: construction productivity, lean construction

NEHP Welcomes New Senior Project Engineer

Posted by NEHP on Oct 5, 2018 9:00:20 AM

Robert Clarke Hired as Senior Project Engineer

Given our recent growth and expansion into construction productivity solutions, including large-scale modularization, NEHP is pleased to announce it has hired Robert Clarke as Senior Project Engineer.

Bob is a skilled project manager and engineering lead with extensive experience in customer facing roles. Prior to joining NEHP, Bob held the role of applications engineering manager in the solar power generation industry. 

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Topics: senior project engineer, careers

Long Lead Planning and Construction Productivity

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 30, 2018 3:14:00 PM

Tips for Successful Long Lead Planning

A common risk (and constraint) to construction project schedules is the availability of project materials. Project materials can include anything from building materials, to office supplies, to tools, equipment needs, and even personnel.

Often times construction firms must procure materials and services from various suppliers who do not work in unison, but rather have multiple commitments of their own to complete and varying deadlines to complete them under.

All of these puzzle pieces must be carefully planned and aligned to keep deliverables flowing, schedules intact, and project costs in check. 

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Topics: lean construction, construction productivity

Bringing Continuous Improvement to the Construction Industry

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 27, 2018 4:09:53 PM

Continuous Improvement is Key to the New Era of Construction Productivity

Over the last 50 years many businesses in the manufacturing industry have dramatically improved their production protocols. Those businesses have achieved strong results by adapting methods from the Toyota Production System (TPS). The core tenet of TPS is to eliminate waste and improve efficiency, thereby earning the system the general name of 'lean' manufacturing.

Now, more and more industries are finding useful applications of 'lean' within their own productivity agendas.

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Topics: lean construction, construction productivity, value stream mapping

Last Planner System (LPS) and the Construction Industry

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 24, 2018 1:30:00 PM

What is the Last Planner System and How Does it Work?

The Last Planner System (LPS) is a workflow method developed by the Lean Construction Institute to increase worker productivity and accountability through tight scheduling and detailed group planning.

Last Planner is seen as a managerial approach on how to efficiently run a construction project. The guiding principle of the system is to ensure that each contractor and subcontractor on a construction site can manage their workload, while holding them responsible for the work they promised to complete.

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Topics: construction productivity, lean construction

Guide to Construction KPI's Part 2: Applying KPI's

Posted by Mike St. Louis on Jul 20, 2018 10:40:00 AM

Combine Historic and Predictive Construction KPI's to Gain a Full View

In Part 1 of this series, we laid the groundwork for why KPI's can be an indispensable tool within the construction industry and we examined a handful of general KPI types.

Here we will provide a simple example of some construction KPI's in action.

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Topics: construction productivity

Guide to Construction KPI's Part 1: Types of KPI

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jul 20, 2018 10:38:00 AM

Defining and Organizing Construction KPI's

When it comes to project management, the construction industry is perhaps one of the most logistically complex and unique industries there is.

Within a single construction project there can be multiple timelines, budgets, interests and vendors - and there's often a multitude of different contractors working on any number of punch-list items in any given area. While this hustle and bustle may seem efficient and productive on the surface, it can also be the source of miscommunication, confusion and lost assets.

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Topics: construction productivity

Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 3: Waiting

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jun 19, 2018 12:32:30 PM

Tips for Identifying and Managing Waiting Lean Waste

We spend an unfortunate amount of time in our lives waiting. Some calculate this to be as much as 20% to 40% of our daily activities. Waiting at work, or at home, often amounts to nothing more than unproductive time, wasted time. 

With time being the essence of value in our daily routines, how can we maximize “productive time” to advance our lives both at home and on the job-site?

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, lean time management

Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 2: Overproduction

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jun 1, 2018 12:39:51 PM

Defining and Defeating Overproduction Lean Waste

For most businesses, overproduction is viewed as a the worst kind of waste. It unnecessarily consumes time, effort, money, materials and resources that could have been better spent elsewhere, and leaves your organization with the burden and logistics of dealing with excess inventory.

More so than any other Lean waste contributor, overproduction has the ability to overshadow all other problems within your organization. [1]

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Topics: 8 wastes of lean, overproduction

Eliminating the 8 Wastes of Lean Part 1: Defects

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 15, 2018 8:20:12 PM

9 Actions To Combat Defect-Driven Lean Waste

At the end of our value stream mapping series, we explored the concept of VSM as a mechanism for continuous improvement. The idea is that construction firms can utilize value stream mapping to continuously improve, identify, prevent, and eliminate the 8 wastes of Lean from impacting the productivity of their organization.

To that end, it pays to take a closer look at what constitutes the 8 wastes of lean and how each lean waste can disrupt a company or construction program.

Let's begin with Defects!

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean

VSM Part 3: Success With Value Stream Mapping

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:23:03 PM

6 Tips For Success With Value Stream Mapping (Or Any Lean Process)

In part 2 of our value stream mapping series, we provided a few essential tips for getting started with VSM. Now we will focus on to how to gain traction with the concept and reach and maintain a level of success.

Mapping the flow of value provides a great opportunity for people to align themselves and their work processes.[1] By encouraging value stream conversations and dialogues within your team, people will naturally begin to identify what they can do to improve. 

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Topics: value stream mapping, 8 wastes of lean

VSM Part 2: Implementing Value Stream Mapping 

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:22:40 PM

One Essential Ingredient and 4 Tips To Begin Implementing Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is just one among dozens of Lean Construction principles, concepts, processes and practices designed to improve construction productivity and efficiency.

Also known as lean execution, it is a method of mapping the flow of a project or process based on its current state-of-being, and defining a future state from a careful analysis of all the working components. 

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Topics: value stream mapping

VSM Part 1: Why Use Value Stream Mapping?

Posted by Adam Tarr on Mar 1, 2018 4:22:19 PM

7 Project Risk Factors That Can Be Improved By Value Stream Mapping

In today’s market, owners demand projects to be delivered on time, on budget, with high quality and without any injury. In order to meet these demands and improve project efficiency we need to truly understand project flow and the constraints that hinder value and productivity.

If we were able to better predict or plan for project unknowns, project risk, and non-valued added activities, we would be able to influence improvements in all phases of the construction process...

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Topics: value stream mapping, project delivery risk factors

Are You Watching Your Access Floor Weight?

Posted by Adam Tarr on Sep 26, 2017 1:25:24 PM

Savings Advice for your Raised Access Floor

Hitting that happy balance of materials which cost less and meet performance requirements is an obvious goal for any enterprise. To that end, many of our blogs have demonstrated how raised access floors can improve efficiency and performance in virtually any work space while helping to cut operational costs.

There is one frequently overlooked detail however, which should not be left out of the cost equation... 

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Topics: raised floor systems, Raised Access Flooring

Process Cooling Water (PCW) Floor Modules

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 14, 2017 10:04:12 AM

How Floor Modules Add Flexibility To Your Process Cooling Water System

Industrial process equipment can produce a lot of heat during normal operation. Most industries employ process cooling water (PCW) systems to help regulate equipment temperatures to levels that are safe for the general operating environment

PCW systems pump water (or other fluid media) to and from the process equipment, creating a means by which heat can be safely exchanged and transferred away from its source. 

As facilities change and relocate process equipment to accommodate technological changes, business growth, and production cycles, the flexibility to reconfigure support systems also becomes essential.

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Topics: raised floor systems, Raised Floor System Components

Why Use Raised Floor Systems?

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 9, 2017 8:45:57 AM

5 Benefits of Raised Floor Systems

There are many reasons to design or retro-fit a work space with raised access flooring (RAF). 

RAF systems create value from the bottom up by overcoming the restrictions of traditional flooring and creating a work space that is highly reconfigurable, efficient, productive, safe and organized. 

Because every space is different and every design is guided by specific requirements, we decided to compose a list of 5 benefits that raised floor systems can deliver to just about any application.

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Topics: raised floor systems, Raised Access Flooring

Where To Begin Spec'ing Your Raised Floor System: Part 2

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 8, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Know What's Available For Raised Floor System Components

Raised access floors are seeing increased popularity and usage worldwide, especially now that broader product offerings are creating new opportunities and efficiencies for a growing list of businesses.

Commercial office spaces, industrial production facilities, resorts and casinos, and technological facilities are all turning to raised floor systems to meet their space management and load-bearing needs.

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Topics: Raised Floor System Components, ECO Al-Mg, NEHP

Where To Begin Spec'ing Your Raised Floor System: Part 1

Posted by Adam Tarr on Aug 3, 2017 11:01:53 AM

Raised Floor System Requirements

You're in the initial stages of designing a state-of-the-art industrial production facility which requires fully optimized floor space with complex utility hook-ups, large equipment capacity, safe traffic corridors, healthy air-quality standards, and efficient and organized spatial arrangements to accommodate future growth.

Smartly, you decide that a raised floor system is the answer to your design challenges. Problem solved...well, almost! 

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Topics: NEHP, raised floor systems, Raised Access Flooring

Pairing Raised Floor Tiles To Your Work Space Style

Posted by Adam Tarr on Jul 14, 2017 2:51:04 PM

5 Raised Floor Tiles To Consider For Your Design Plan

With the growing adoption of raised access floors across a variety of work settings - from office and retail spaces to call centers, casinos, trading floors, data centers and service corridors - facility engineers are seeking wider selections of raised access floor tiles to meet the needs of these increasingly diverse applications.  

What could be the perfect tile selection for a server room application might be completely different from what is needed for a high-purity production facility.

Just as the support structure of the floor should be spec'd for various heights, load bearing needs, and utility configurations, one must also consider the selection and placement of appropriate types of floor tiles to solve for similar design challenges and system requirements.

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Topics: NEHP, Raised Access Flooring, Raised Floor Tiles

A Winning Formula For Alloyed Raised Access Flooring

Posted by Adam Tarr on May 17, 2017 1:37:46 PM

The Benefits of SB Tech's New ECO Al-Mg Raised Access Flooring

The industrial world uses large amounts of Aluminum (Al) and Magnesium (Mg) alloys because of their relative abundance, good strength-to-weight ratios, and in the case of Aluminum, corrosion resistance. Magnesium, however, has a disadvantage that when in a molten state for casting into products, it will oxidize (burn) on contact with the air. To combat this, manufacturers typically use some type of ‘melt protection’, such as a gas or liquid to isolate the molten surface of the magnesium from ambient air conditions.

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Topics: NEHP, SB Tech, ECO Al-Mg, Raised Access Flooring

Always Factor This Into Your Clean Room Design

Posted by Adam Tarr on May 3, 2017 4:07:04 PM

Proper Clean Room Design Is Essential To Our Current Quality Of Life

You'd be surprised at all of the aspects of your day to day life that are impacted by our ability to create ultra-clean processing environments, aka Clean Rooms.

Most people are familiar with the concept of clean rooms from seeing pictures or video of people in 'bunny suits' manufacturing semiconductors. But clean room practices go well beyond microchips to impact our lives in so many unrecognized ways.

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Topics: NEHP, Clean Room Design, Clean Room Standards, Raised Access Flooring

How Raised Floor Technology Will "Carry" The Future

Posted by Adam Tarr on May 3, 2017 3:48:56 PM

A Case For Raised Floor Technology In Commercial And Manufacturing Facilities

"Harvard Business Professor Dr. Michael Porter is the founder of the modern strategy field and one of the world’s most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness. The author of 19 books and over 125 articles, he is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School and the director of the school’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. He has influenced more executives - and more nations - than any other business professor on earth." So when he speaks, we pay attention!

According to Dr. Porter, we are now in the third wave of the Internet of Things. From here on, humanity will continue to develop a rapidly diversifying portfolio of smart connected products.

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Topics: NEHP, Raised Floor Technology, Raised Access Flooring