Reduce Cost, Schedule and Risk
SPS Intelligent Production®

Schedules Establish What We Want -
Production Systems Dictate What We Get

The evolution of project management has focused on administration and in so doing ignores production (design, make, transport and construct). SPS Intelligent Production® addresses this fundamental gap in accepted practice.

Effectively plan and control execution of work in design, fabrication, logistics, construction and commissioning using SPS Intelligent Production®.

Leverage the power of Operations Science-based Digital Twins to map, model, simulate, analyze, optimize, control, and improve project-based production systems and supply chains in real-time, virtually anywhere, anytime.

If Current Methods Are So Good, Why Are Project Outcomes So Bad?

If Current Methods Are So Good, Why Are Project Outcomes So Bad?

Today’s construction projects are too complex and dynamic for yesterday’s methods. Move beyond outdated centralized critical path method schedules, spend-based progress calculations, home-grown spreadsheet trackers and productivity initiatives.

Take control, real control of project outcomes throughout all phases of a project from early concept through construction and handover with SPS Project Production Control. Capture data and make decisions at the speed of relevance.

Harness the power of real-time distributed planning and control (not controls) using Operations Science and IoT-enabled cloud-based computing. No more driving using the rearview mirror with outdated reporting and forecasting - understand and control critical success factors such as work sequence, work-in-process, and capacity utilization to influence project outcomes.

Right materials in the right quantity to the right place at the right time every time

Right materials in the right quantity to the right place at the right time every time

Late and wrong material deliveries drive construction crews to wait, slow down or work out of sequence, all of which result in increased cost and schedule delays. However, due to the need to handle, store, and preserve materials along with risk of damage, theft, and obsolescence, too much material onsite also increases cost and use of cash. Both scenarios increase risk of environmental, health and safety incidents.

Unlike conventional approaches that attempt to schedule deliveries and ultimately result in dedicated teams of people expediting and tracking using various spreadsheets, SPS Supply Flow Control integrates Operations Science with cloud-based software to create an operational digital twin of the supply chain enabling absolute control and transparency of material flow through the supply chain.

Enable Real Time Location and Environment with IoT

Monitor the flow of materials in real-time using existing data feeds including cellular, satellite, WiFi, and other communications platforms. Perform scenario analysis using real time location feeds connected to demand requirements.

Identify Opportunities to Improve Reliability while Reducing Cost and Cycle Time

Apply Operations Science algorithms and simulation methods to analyze and simulate supply chain performance.

Improve Performance with Analytics

Leverage automated supply specific analytics including cycle time, work-in-process, capacity utilization, etc. to continuously improve reliability and reduce cost of supply.

Identify And Remove Unnecessary Resources, Time And Cost

Identify And Remove Unnecessary Resources, Time And Cost

The ability to design and optimize a production system, whether at a construction site, in a fabrication shop or throughout a total project network, drives customer satisfaction, cost, and profitability. Too much inventory of work and stocks results in unnecessary cost and use of cash, while not enough inventory of work and stocks causes cost of labor, equipment, and space to increase.

SPS Production System Optimization tools enable customers to effectively map, model, simulate, analyze, and optimize workflows associated with design, fabrication, logistics and construction/commissioning.

They are also used to optimize core operations and processes for virtually any form of production from manufacturing and processing to service-based production systems including design offices, shipyards, maintenance crews, etc.

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Over 20 Years of
Innovation and Results

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)

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

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

Leadership

Roberto J. Arbulu

Senior Vice President Technical Services

Roberto J. Arbulu

Roberto J. Arbulu

Senior Vice President Technical Services

Arbulu has over twenty 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

Chief Technical Officer

H.J. James Choo, PhD

H.J. James Choo, PhD

Chief Technical Officer

Choo has over twenty 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.

Mark L. Spearman, PhD

Director, Technical Solutions

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

Founder & CEO

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).