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A few words about the Construction Industry

The Construction Industry is uniquely complex and dynamic—constantly addressing disruptions from a myriad of sources including labor, supply chain, resource scarcity, climate and weather issues, ongoing digitization and many more complex challenges. Despite low financial interest rates and mounting economic recovery, change and disruption are constant obstacles to industry growth and development.

In all critical areas of activities ranging from building sites to planning meetings to production lines, Kepner-Tregoe serves construction and engineering companies with consulting and capability development services that help organizations achieve benchmark performance and build resilience in the face of change.

Our structured methodologies are utilized in solving problems, making decisions, reducing risk, and managing projects. These help individuals and teams bring order and efficiency to planning and operations. Industry-leading construction and engineering companies engage KT to optimize scarce project resources, improve project management skills and advance the way work is done with data-driven, analytic problem solving and decision making.

When a global engineering company for a European automobile manufacturer was tasked with site selection for an assembly plant in the US, they used KT Decision Analysis to assess hundreds of factors and make the best choice for its location.

When a construction materials company engaged KT to lower manufacturing costs, our rapid, targeted performance improvement project lowered costs and increased throughput quickly and sustainably. To improve safety on a huge construction site with a diverse and frequently changing workforce, KT helped integrate risk management into the way work was done, helping to surpass safety goals.

To support Lean and Six Sigma projects with rapid problem solving, our structured approaches are used in manufacturing to quickly eliminate complex quality issues, supply chain bottlenecks and other hidden causes of chronic waste.

To learn more about Kepner-Tregoe consulting and training in the Construction Industry, contact Kepner-Tregoe.

Success Stories

Challenge

CSR Limited is one of Australia’s leading manufacturing companies with operations in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. CSR’s revenues are over $3 billion AUD a year. Faced with a development project implemented by the local government, CSR needed to select land for the plant. This decision was complicated by stakeholders with differing objectives.

$60M

Land acquisition decision expedited

$34K

Consultant fees saved

Results

Using KT Decision Analysis, the response time for making a major decision on a $60 million AUD investment was greatly improved. A few short months after the initial Situation Appraisal, the land acquisition was approved. A peer review of the decision, as well as the required corporate approval were also accelerated because the decision was well-documented and easily reviewed. Many questions normally asked during due diligence were made transparent by the process.

Challenge

Cement Australia is the leader in cement in Australia. Each year, necessary maintenance is performed during a major plant shutdown. If the shutdown runs over the budgeted timeframe, it has a significant financial impact on the business. KT was asked to help improve the quality of the next shutdown.

$500K

Under budget

4.5

Days ahead of schedule

Results

The teamwork and planning paid off. The shutdown exceeded expectations, coming in 4.5 days ahead of schedule and a half million dollars under budget. Based on this success, there is confidence that there will be new successes in future shutdowns.

Challenge

When using KT Problem Analysis at an Australian Vinyls construction materials plant revealed additional, related problems, the cross-functional team investigated further.

3,000 ton

Increase in production

20,000 ton

Related increase in production

Results

The initial objective was to extend the life between cleanings to 250 batches. When the project was declared complete, one reactor was at 450 batches and still going strong and the other had achieved a successful 250-batch inspection after the last set of changes had been made.

Challenge

Working with KT, a Singapore-listed company wanted to shorten the structural construction cycle-time for typical floors in a mixed-use building (from 11 to 9 days within 3 months).

60%

Improved monthly RFI

56

Days (construction delays reduced by)

Results

Underpinned by a combination of capability transfer and process integration, the company and KT collaborated to develop a customized model that can replicate success at other project sites.

33%

Improved VO approval duration

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Business Solutions Senior Consultant
North America
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Regional Managing Director - Europe
Europe
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Business Solutions Senior Consultant
Asia
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Business Solutions Consultant
Japan

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