The Lean in the Public Sector (LIPS) 2016 Conference was held in Helsingor in Denmark on the 13th and 14th of September 2016.
The LIPS Conference focuses on the conditions that apply for public construction, and serves the purpose to spread and advance the implementation of Lean principles and thinking in the construction industry.
The purpose of this year’s LIPS conference was to give an introduction to Lean Construction (theory and experiences) over a two-day conference:
- Knowledge about the newest and best methods for managing public construction projects (some research, several cases)
- Knowledge and debates on the framework conditions in the construction industry.
- Provide opportunity to network within the Lean Construction Community.
The Keynote Speaker at this year’s conference was Peter Luke – Director of Novo Nordisk (Project Office). Peter presented on common challenges for lean processes for Public and Private Owners:
- Specific areas with challenges in sourcing, contracting, risk management
- Need for upgrade of competences and tools amongst design/construct parties (contractors, engineers & owner)
- How do we advance lean-development in the industry?
It was particularly interesting to note the advances that the Scandinavians in general are making in regards to using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) on Public Sector projects. For example, in Finland, they have developed using IPD over the past 10 years to now having over 40 projects where IPD is being actively used on projects including significant road/rail infrastructure projects and hospital projects. In Norway, Statsbygg (similar to the Office of Public Works in Ireland) is actively working to have at least three projects a year being implemented using IPD.
Another highlight was Professor David Mosey, PhD – Director of the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at the Dickson Poon School of Law – who delivered a very interesting presentation on FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract – Improved Value and New Solutions.
The conference was originally set up by Dr. Glenn Ballard, one of the founders of the lean construction movement.
Each year it has been hosted in a different country. In the past it has been hosted as far away as Australia. Next year, it will be held in Santiago, Chile; and in 2018 it will return to the United States – location yet to be confirmed.
Posted by: Pat Unger, Senior Project Manager, Linesight.