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Partnering with Port Houston to Create a World-Class Port Operation

Summary

CAVU has been partnered with Port Houston since 2017 to establish a “World Class” Port Houston team with great people, processes, partnerships, and systems to guarantee capital efficiency, capital effectiveness, and expense stewardship. CAVU is focusing its “High Reliability” best practices on implementing a continuous improvement culture within Port Houston’s Infrastructure and Commercial Divisions.

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The Challenge

CAVU has been partnered with Port Houston since 2017 to establish a “World Class” Port Houston team with great people, processes, partnerships, and systems to guarantee capital efficiency, capital effectiveness, and expense stewardship. CAVU is focusing its “High Reliability” best practices on implementing a continuous improvement culture within Port Houston’s Infrastructure and Commercial Divisions.

Actions

CAVU addressed these opportunities by focusing on three of theInfrastructure Division’s major job functions; Project Management,Construction Management, and Project Controls. Through on-site coaching and mentoring, CAVU facilitated discussions centered on improvement in the following key areas:

  • Leadership accountability, expectation setting, and team alignment
  • Continuous improvement, process refinement, and application of “LEAN-Sigma” principles
  • Process execution, critical checklist development, and key performance indicators
  • Situational awareness, teamwork, and cultural sustainment

Throughout the three-year program, the CAVU Continuous Performance Improvement initiative has resulted in a more resilient, collaborative, and effective Port Houston organization fueled by a strong focus on accountability and ownership.

Results

Creation and implementation of a PCM Guide standardizing roles and responsibilities for the Project Managers, Construction Managers, Inspectors, and Project Controls – improving ownership by “Knowing what you own”

Project Construction Management (PCM) team awarded 94% of the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) target totaling $179 Million — a 68% improvement over 2018.

Key Capabilities

CAVU coaches and mentors are proven leaders with decades of experience in industry and the military, leading men and women in nearly every kind of challenging environment. We love building winning teams and we can help your executives, directors, and supervisors lead winning teams as well.