Planned with vPlanner: St Jerome's Campus Renewal Project Opens October 1st

The official grand opening ceremony for St Jerome's University's 47 million IPD project is scheduled for October 1st at 3:00pm.  The design and construction phases of the project were planned with vPlanner.

In an effort to enhance the academic and student experience, St. Jerome’s University (SJU) embarked on a $47 million campus redevelopment program, their largest capital investment since the early 1960s. Given their concerns about the scope, budget, and fast-track schedule, they decided to adopt an integrated project delivery (IPD) strategy, which they believed best aligned with the spirit of collaboration that is a cornerstone of the university’s mission.  Ghafari Management Services (GMS), led by Samir Emdanat, vPlanner's product development manager, provided full IPD consulting, coaching, and management services.  vPlanner was used to plan the design and construction phases of the project.

IGLC 2016 Paper on Takt Planning by Samir Emdanat

Samir Emdanat, Director of Product Development published a paper co-authored by Meeli Linnik, The Boldt Company and Digby Christian, Sutter Health.  The paper, "A Framework for Integrating Takt Planning, Last Planner System, and Labor Tracking", will be presented at the 24th International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) conference in Boston on Thursday July 21st 2016.   



The paper proposes a framework for incorporating direct field labor hours and costs into an overall production strategy centered on Takt Time Planning (TTP) and the Last Planner® System (LPS). It illustrates how the vPlanner Production Tracker module is used to associate labor information with production activities. The association of field labor hours including budgeted, estimated, and actual with production activities provides an early indicator of risk on projects. The proposed framework improves the consistency and efficiency by which the information is created and maintained so that the system can be scaled to support large projects that span multiple years. This is done to shorten the cycle time between monthly financial forecasting and field labor utilization. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of identifying and mitigating risks of field labor overruns and also the realization of savings opportunities due to improved field labor utilization. The paper outlines the improved workflow processes and presents an analysis of the data collected over several months from implementing this approach on the St. Luke's Hospital project, a new 237,000 sq.ft, seven story hospital in San Francisco for Sutter Health. 

vPlanner V2.0 is Released

This version introduces a number of new features and improves most existing features. 

Notable additions include:

Go-Back Work Manager: This tool provides a practical solution to a common problem many teams face when using the Last Planner System.  Sometimes a production activity is complete enough to allow a clean handoff without interrupting production flow, however a few things may need to be done later to fully complete the original activity as originally stated.  vPlanner now includes a new status code: “Complete with Go-Back” where the go-back work is listed and associated with the original task. vPlanner will track all identified Go-Back work so that production managers can come back later and plan the go back work with the respective team members.  New metrics are also introduced to track and report on Go-Back activities as they may indicate opportunities for improvement.

Batch Commitment Mode: Multiple tasks can now be selected to update their status at once as Committed or Completed via keyboard shortcuts.  This speeds up the manual updating process significantly.  Users can still go back and manually modify the status of specific activities to handle exceptions before finalizing their plans.

Task Import Manager: this is a new tool for importing tasks from MS Project XML, Schedule Planner XML and other formats.  Selective import options are available and users can update imported tasks if their source tasks are updated.  This makes it possible to use vPlanner more efficiently for short term planning while maintaining a master schedule in another tool. 

New Report Types: New reports are introduced for Notes and Decisions associated with tasks.  Items can be sorted, filtered, exported, and printed.

New Attribute Editors: New tools to manage the creation and editing of Task Attributes are introduced to simplify the management of those attributes.

Elastic Pay-Per-Use Subscription Manager: vPlanner V2.0 features a new pay-per-use subscription model that gives users total control over how to utilize the features of vPlanner to suit their project needs.  Existing project subscriptions are not affected by this change.  Existing users who are interested in the new subscription model should contact

Other: High DPI awareness,  improved scaling on Windows 10, Docking support, Improved Printing, Improved PPC options (rollup by Week or Month), Improved export to Primavera P6, Improved Timeline view Printing and many more.

Recommended Reading: Project Delivery, Working the IPD Framework

IPD Champions Jay Love, S.E, Panos Lampsas, and John Leuenberger, S.E have recently published an article that outlined how the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) framework is implemented on the Sutter Health Van Ness and Geary Hospital in San Francisco.  The article provides an overview of the project, discusses how the team was assembled, and overviews the various tools and methodologies used to manage the project.  The article concludes with a discussion of preliminary results and lessons learned.  The project is one of the early adopters of vPlanner and continues to use the system to plan detailed design and construction activities.  

The team utilizes vPlanner software, a Last Planner(R) System to produce predictable, continuous work flow in planning, design, and construction, to review the prior week’s work and to plan or re-plan future work. Daily check-in meetings, usually for only 15 minutes, supplement the Big Room meetings, engaging main system leaders to exchange the work in progress, identify constraints, and “Swarm” items that need to be addressed in the short-term.
— Structure Magazine, November 2015 p.26


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vPlanner Identified as a Key Last Planner(R) System Development

Daniel, et. al. in their recently published IGLC 2015 research study "Exploring the Implementation of The Last Planner (R) System Through IGLC Community: Twenty One Years of Experience" identified vPlanner due to its strong emphasis on visual management of workflow as one of the major developments of the Last Planner system since LPS was first introduced in 1993.   The paper was presented at this year's IGLC conference in Perth, Australia.