Reduce Project Cost, Schedule and Risk

SPS Intelligent Production

Modernize and digitalize design, engineering, fabrication, construction and commissioning with SPS Intelligent Production

Leverage Data Science and Operations Science to do real-time Project Production System modeling, optimization and control

Over 20 years of innovation and leadership

For over twenty years, SPS software has enabled world leading companies to reduce the duration, cost, use of cash and risk for the most complex and mission critical projects, from vast energy field developments to industrial facilities, data centers, defense programs and major civil engineering works.

 

  • 1997   Co-founded the Lean Construction Institute (LCI)
  • 1997   Created the first Last Planner software (WorkPlan)
  • 2001   Developed the first Project Production Control software (SPS|Production Manager)
  • 2002   Built the first Pull-based Supply Flow Control software for Projects
  • 2002   Released the first Real-Time Integrated 4D Visualization software
  • 2008   Partnered with Stanford’s CIFE in the development and delivery of the VDC Certificate Program
  • 2010   Launched the first Operations Science-based Energy Field Development Control Solution
  • 2013   Founded the Project Production Institute (PPI) to bring PPM ideas and knowledge to market
  • 2016   Created first Project Production System Optimization software
  • 2018   Acquired Factory Physics - a world leader in Operations Science
  • 2019   Launched industry’s first Intelligent Production platform
  • 2020   Released Operations Science-based Discrete Event Simulation Web Application

SPS Intelligent Production solutions address a significant gap in the current approach to project delivery – the overreliance on the administrative aspects of project management and the underinvestment in management of work (both knowledge and craft).

Unlike project management practices that focus on administrative activities, SPS Intelligent Production solutions are built upon an Operations Science foundation, providing effective elimination of unnecessary use of resources. Learn more.

SPS offers a variety of solutions to effectively map, model, analyze, simulate, optimize and control Project Production Systems from engineering through fabrication and construction / commissioning. SPS Intelligent Production solutions are also used to understand and influence other types of production systems including processing, manufacturing and job shops, all of which are most often elements of a project supply network.

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Leadership

Roberto J. Arbulu

Roberto J. Arbulu

Vice President, Technical Services

Arbulu has twenty three years of experience in the delivery and optimization of major capital projects in the oil and gas, mining, industrial and civil infrastructure sectors. He has authored several papers that have been published in various trade journals and presented at conferences around the world including being a lead instructor for the Stanford CIFE / SPS VDC Certificate program. Roberto earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. He also holds masters degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.

H.J. James Choo, PhD

H.J. James Choo, PhD

Chief Technical Officer

Choo has over twenty five years of experience in research, development and implementation of solutions for optimizing the delivery of complex and critical capital projects. He has published numerous papers on the subject in various technical journals, which have been presented at global conferences and are regularly cited by other authors. James earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Yonsei University, Korea, and a PhD in Construction Engineering & Management from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rico Ebetino

Rico Ebetino

Director, Technology & Telecommunications

Ebetino has extensive experience in rapid deployment of operational strategies, leading cross-functional teams, development of educational / training programs and innovation through the use of technology. Prior to joining SPS, Rico enrolled in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps and later earned a bachelor degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and served in Special Operations as a SEAL.

Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Richardson brings thirty years of leadership experience in the oil and gas industry, including twenty-two years with a US supermajor covering drilling and completions, field development, capital projects and production operations in the UK North Sea, North America, Africa and Papua New Guinea. He has operated in an advisory capacity to board level executives in industry leading super majors and emerging North American onshore operators and has been involved directly in advising and leading major capital projects for over fifteen years. He holds a B.Eng. in Mining and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

Will Russell

Will Russell

Director, Energy & Industrial

Russell brings over two decades of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining SPS, he worked in Institutional Sales for an Energy Investment Bank, supporting the institutional investment community with detailed financial analyses of energy sector public companies. Will also served as a Marine Corps Officer and earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama.

Mark L. Spearman, PhD

Mark L. Spearman, PhD

Director, Technical Solutions

Spearman brings over thirty years’ experience in the optimization of manufacturing supply chains by improving on-time delivery, increasing productivity and reducing cycle times and inventories. He is the founder of Factory Physics, Inc., providing the scientific framework to control and optimize the fundamental operations of any manufacturing and supply chain system. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Factory Physics. Mark holds a PhD in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and has been a tenured professor at Northwestern University, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.

Todd R. Zabelle

Todd R. Zabelle

Founder & CEO

Zabelle has more than thirty years of experience in the delivery of complex and critical capital projects. He was the founder and president of Pacific Contracting, an equity partner in the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), and founder of the Project Production Institute (PPI).