SAIT Polytechnic offers next level of workface planning with Train-the-Trainer Delivery

Companies undertaking large-scale industrial construction can now develop their own personnel as trainers in Workface Planning (WFP), a project management system designed to achieve significant savings on construction costs. Train-the-Trainer certification is the newest level of WFP training offered by SAIT Polytechnic. Since 2007, SAIT in association with Ascension Systems has had an exclusive contract to deliver WFP training, a model owned by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA).


WFP is a system of organizing all the elements of a construction project before work starts so that workers have the necessary materials, equipment, tools, drawings, information and communication to do the job safely and efficiently. In addition to Train-the-Trainer, SAIT offers a four-day WFP workshop for hands-on planning teams and a half-day overview of the system for management personnel. More information is available at


Lloyd Rankin, a trainer with Ascension Systems, says WFP can boost productivity in a big way. “Productivity on oil and gas construction projects can weigh in as low as 37 per cent in tool time, because crews are routinely kept waiting for resources, equipment and materials. On a $6 billion project, a potential savings of $600 million through increased efficiencies is typical with an investment of $24 million to $48 million in WFP.”


“We developed the new Train-the-Trainer certification in response to industry requests,” says Bill Luxton, SAIT’s Director of Business Development. “It allows companies to manage training to address their unique needs, as well as to maintain complete control of their internal systems and intellectual property.”


JV Driver of Edmonton piloted the Train-the-Trainer program in spring 2009. The company earned an innovation award from the COAA earlier this year for making WFP a part of its daily operations. “With WFP, we’ve seen a substantial improvement in productivity on capital construction, as much as 15 to 25 per cent,” says Bill Elkington, JV Driver Chairman.


JV Driver’s new modular construction facility at Leduc, Alta. was designed using WFP. Details include individually accessible electrical outlets at work stations, designated tool areas for each unit, progressive use of ventilation and light and increased automation. These innovations improve safety, reduce the need for employees to leave their work areas, and ensure that time and equipment are used to full potential. The facility was also planned to accommodate expansion. For example, extra underground electrical was installed so that it can be connected with no delay or further expense when a new phase is added.

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