March 9th 2017
Shop Layout Optimization utilizing Function Analysis
James Tan and Darsh Nawaratna
Abstract of Presentation
Construction Services, Infrastructure Delivery (previously Drainage Design & Construction), Integrated Infrastructure Services Department undertook a transformation initiative in 2013-2015 to reassess its business model and strategies and, to develop new strategic directions to align with the City’s overall vision and goals. The transformation initiative resulted in the acquisition of a new facility; Edmiston Yard. This new shop/yard will provide the necessary space to deliver equipment services and supports to the construction groups as well as taking on the new initiative of undertaking the tunnel boring machine refurbishment in-house.
A study to optimize the usage of the shop area was commenced on February 2015 and completed in June 2015. The deliverables of the study are: (1) An optimized shop space layout plan with analyses to determine optimum location for each piece of equipment based on the work flow and process needs, identifying optimum requirements for each functional need and minimizing recycling and movement crossing points and (2) An equipment relocation plan from the old Coronation Yard to the new Edmiston Yard. The relocation plan is to include an optimized schedule of the equipment transfer with minimal disruption on the equipment services and supports to construction activities and a staging plan
Value engineering was utilized in the study. More specifically, the team applied function analysis to identify critical needs and control the “good-to-have items”. This presentation will highlight the project objectives, process, and major findings.
James Tan, P.Eng, AVS
James graduated with a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from University College London, England in 1981.
James has 33 years of diversified experience including leadership, council & public interaction, strategic planning, program & project management, municipal engineering, land development, construction, value engineering, risk assessment and constructability evaluation.
James is presently the Director of Construction Services, Infrastructure Delivery, Integrated Infrastructure Services, City of Edmonton, responsible fororganizing, directing and managing about 300 staffs in the delivery of drainage construction projects.
(Darsh) Wimal Nawaratna, M.Sc., MBA, P.Eng.
Darsh has 20+ years of progressive managerial and technical experience working for both
domestic and international organizations. Darsh specializes in manufacturing, mechanical design and engineering consulting. In the past, Darsh has been employed by Stantec Consulting leading mechanical design related to petrochemical industry. He has also held managerial positions with international manufacturing firm Johnson Electric.
He joined the Drainage Branch of the City of Edmonton as a Senior Mechanical Engineer seven year ago. Darsh is currently the General Supervisor of Equipment (Trades & Shop), Construction Services, Infrastructure Delivery, Integrated Infrastructure Services Dept. of the City of Edmonton. During his tenure with the City, Darsh has implemented number of progressive changes in the Equipment Section and was recognized two times with the City Manager’s OH&S award for equipment innovation. Darsh is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta. Additionally, he holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Michigan, USA and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.
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