Our Story

Driving Construction Project Performance

What is Advanced Work Packaging?

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is a practice that encourages the proper use of scheduling and stakeholder engagement to ensure a construction project is efficient and stays on budget. According to the Construction Industry Institute, out-of-sequence construction wastes time and money (approximately 25% cost overruns and 33% schedule overruns).

AWP methodologies are fully scalable and can drive increased project productivity across multiple sectors of the construction industry.


decrease in cost overruns


decrease in schedule overruns

What we do

Group ASI creates events and communities of practice that help drive awareness and adoption of Advanced Work Packaging and related methodologies and technologies.

We provide information-sharing and professional networking opportunities (in safe harbor environments) for all members of the global construction industry with an interest in improving project safety, quality, predictability and overall performance.

Who we work with

Our events and community initiatives are a collaborative effort: we work with researchers, developers, implementers and practitioners from key industry associations and leading owner, contractors, supply and consulting organizations. Attend our events to learn, grow and generate new ideas.

Benefits of AWP

More about us

Executive Steering Committee (ESC)

Group ASI is guided by our Executive Steering Committee, a global strategic body composed of owners, EPC, and others. This body makes sure the events developed are relevant and forward thinking. They are our compass.

Advisory Boards

Each event has its own Advisory Boards (AB) that develops the events, details the programs and operationalizes the vision of the steering committee.

Think Tank

To examine the big challenges facing the Capital Projects industry Group ASI has created a Think Tank (TT). The Think Tank is focused on two main areas: Leveraging Technology and Improving Project Delivery models. This group helps to ensure that all our events focus on thought leadership.

If you are interested in contributing, please contact us.

Our Team

Lloyd Rankin

Lloyd Rankin

PMP, President

Lloyd started Group ASI in 2008 and continues to lead the organization, navigating the constantly changing AWP landscape. Before Group ASI, Lloyd spent over 20 years as a professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta focusing on project management, statistics, international business and supply chain management. His expertise in these areas lead to him being one of only four Canadians invited to help develop the Advanced Work Packaging model. When he is isn’t volunteering as a member of a CII committee or advocating for the progression of AWP, he can be found with one of his five loves – travelling with his wife Lisa, spoiling their dog Lily, taking care of one of his muscle cars (a 2019 Mustang Convertible 5.0 & a 1939 Ford Phantom Hot Rod) or camping with his grandchildren.

William McSherry

William McSherry


William Mcsherry’s business career has spanned almost fifty years. His experience includes extensive merger and acquisition experiences as a partner of a private equity firm, The Hiller Group; senior financial management positions in Silicon Valley, including partnering with Dr Ted Blackmon to form Common Point Inc developer of ConstructSim and advising several start-up companies. His early business career, he was a CPA with Coopers and Lybrand where he specialized in the construction and healthcare industries. Prior to entering business Bill was an engineer in the nuclear submarine program serving on two nuclear powered attack submarines. Mr. McSherry received an MBA from the University of California Berkeley and a BS from the US Naval Academy. 

Bill joined Lloyd Rankin in GroupASI in 2010 to further the development of Advanced Workpackaging and Workface Planning. GroupASI has grown to be the premier organizer of AWP and related conferences. 

Brianne Janzen

Brianne Janzen

Event Coordinator

Brianne started with Group ASI in 2020 and spends her day ensuring that no ball is dropped and that everyone on the team is as organized as her. Brianne completed her Office Administration Diploma from the Academy of Learning in High River, Alberta and loves spending time in the mountains and camping with her friends and family. Brianne is the proud mom of three beautiful kids.

Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Project Manager

Lisa has worked with Group ASI for several years on an intermittent basis but in 2022 joined the company on a more regular schedule. She brings with her experience in the oil and gas, non-profit, and human services industries doing accounting, management, proposals, reporting, program development and program execution. 

In her private life, Lisa enjoys her family most of all. She also likes camping, travelling, playing pool and cards.