The Lean Movement is gaining popularity in the construction world, and with good reason–it’s about cutting out waste and increasing value-added activities. Who wouldn’t want that?
Among a myriad of other benefits, removing waste from the process drives greater profits, reduces risk, improves safety, shortens schedules, and improves relationships. Some types of waste as defined by Lean including: 1) Excess Transportation, 2) Inventory, 3) Unnecessary Motion, 4) Waiting, 5) Overprocessing, 6) Overproduction, 7) Defects and 8) Under-utilized Talent. A previous post covered this topic greater in depth.
In addition to tackling these wastes with typical lean processes such as the Last Planner System, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, etc., how can you leverage technology to reduce waste? Below are six categories of technology that you should be looking at.
Lean Construction Ireland Webinar, 22nd July 2020 at 3.00pm.
Title: “A Lean Approach for the adoption of the BIM methodology in an organization”
By: Victor Roig Segura from BIMETRIC
When: 3.00pm, 22nd July 2020.
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a methodology that allows the generation and management of all the information related to a built asset, both buildings and civil works, during its life cycle. The methodology is based on structured databases related to three-dimensional objects, working in a technological environment that facilitates collaboration between all agents involved in the development of built assets.
The different organizations, both public and private, on the one hand, are aware of the benefits that the adoption of this methodology can bring to them in the provision of their services, and on the other hand, they see the proliferation of published mandates by the governments of the different areas, both national and territorial, through which the application of the methodology in the development of new projects and constructions in their management areas is mandatory.
Achieving positive results through the adoption of BIM means that organizations will have to make the transition from document-based processes to a new scenario in which decisions regarding the management and operation of their assets are made on the basis of a global vision of the useful life of each of them, and are supported by integrated databases with true, accurate and reliable information.
To meet these challenges, organizations must define a BIM Action Plan that sets out the objectives and timeframe for the actions to be developed to achieve the implementation of the methodology in their respective strategic areas.
In the session “Lean Approach for the adoption of the BIM methodology in an organization” a working method is presented that facilitates the definition of a BIM action plan, customized for each organization, based on the principles of Lean Building, and structured in 4 stages and 8 workshops.
Lean Construction Ireland is sad to hear of the passing of Greg Howell.
Greg was co-founder and former President of the Lean Construction Institute in USA and Chairman of LeanProject, a Lean construction consulting firm.
A leading advocate for the adoption of Lean thinking and practices by the construction sector, the ideas and influence Greg brought to helping clients and organisations improve project delivery through Lean design and Lean construction methods will be a legacy which will live on.
Webinar Title: The Persuasive Power of the Last Planner® System Metrics Speaker: Maria Ryan Crystal Lean Solutions Organisation: Crystal Lean Solutions Date: 3.00pm, 17th June 2020.
The Last Planner® System is a powerful production management system, with 6 key phases to support on time delivery of a project. Projects typically utilise the Pull Plan, 6 Week Look Ahead and Constraints, WWP and Daily Huddle. This presentation explores the LPS Metrics in more detail including Constraints Management metrics and PPC and how they can be utilised to systematically improve both the current and future projects.
Webinar Title: Leadership for Lean Project Delivery Speaker: Kevin McHugh Organisation: Mace Group Date: 20th May 2020
• Develop partnership model with your client
• Build ownership with team leaders to deliver strategy
• Establish a learning environment & no blame culture
• Collect and share Data to monitor delivery performance (One Plan Approach)
• Use visual aids to present & share information collaboratively
• Integrate digital process
• Use gathered information
• Celebrate success
Take away from the Webinar:
Create a learning environment by
• Visual management to communicate the project status across the project
• Collect information using digital last planner system
• Highlight improvements removing project constraints collaboratively
• Measure production performance and share PPC to improve production planning (celebrate success)
• Identify and share project improvements
Webinar Title: Cultural Challenges of Implementation of LPD Speaker: Alan Mossman Organisation: The Change Business Date: 29th April 2020
LPD, Lean Project Delivery, is very different from the traditional way of delivering projects. LPD involves a different way of thinking, a different approach to procurement, high levels of collaboration, engaging the team in a way that makes them “advocates for the project”.
Our industry has a choice. Become way, way more efficient so that customers receive the project safely, on-time or sooner, at or below budget, with the full scope — or customers will find others to create the facilities that they need to deliver their business plans, political goals or build, refurbish or alter their homes. It is that simple.
Switching to LPD involves the whole supply chain from customers to painters and landscape gardeners.
Our industry has been in crisis for years. Late delivery, exceeding the customer’s budget, killing and maiming people, poor quality (defects and punch lists), rework that the customer ends up paying for. Construction productivity is lower than it was in the mid-60s. Even before Corvid-19 there was a skill shortage in our industry.
Even though the crisis has been recognised for decades most people in construction appear to be satisfied with how things are. They know nothing else. The way things are, now fits with what they learned as an apprentice, in college and at university; it fits with how things have been throughout their career in construction.
Tinkering at the margins of the way things are done does not work. Partnering has not worked, casual labour has not worked, Critical Path planning has not worked.
Alan Mossman will talk about:
• full-on LPD
• why it involves a system change
• what customers/clients/owners need to do to appreciate the benefits for them – and for the their supply chain
• what LPD-lite involves and how you and your company can work on company and project culture to support it
Webinar Title: Integrated Project Delivery Speaker: Digby Christian Organisation: Sutter Health Date: 26th February 2020
“Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)” is a project delivery system that seeks to align and integrate all project team members’ interests and objectives. Ideally, the team is established during the pre-design phase, with members including the client, architect/engineer, general contractor, and key subcontractors. IPD integrates people, systems, business structures, and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimise efficiency through all phases of the project and reduce waste from early design through project handover.
Sutter Health in the USA, has been a pioneer in the adoption of Lean Construction thinking and practice and is a key client/owner in the Lean Construction Institute (LCI USA). IPD is integral to Sutter Health’s capital projects and in this webinar, Digby Christian will provide a general overview of IPD, its benefits and challenges, and share his and Sutter Health’s learnings on its implementation.
This webinar will be particularly relevant and informative for Irish capital project clients/owners and their contractors. Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) is presently exploring the opportunities IPD can offer the Irish public and private client base and wider construction sector.
Webinar Title: Putting the spotlight on quality. Speaker: Peter E.D Love Organisation: Curtin University Date: 22nd January 2020
A symbiotic relationship exists between quality and safety. In construction, however, there has been a tendency for organizations to frame these competing demands in either/or terms. During construction, preference is often given to safety, which has resulted in fewer resources being used to manage quality. As result, the likelihood of non-conformances (NCRs) and engineering failures increases.
Rework is required to ensure the NCRs and failures conform to functional to specification and standards. Yet, it is during the process of undertaking rework that most safety incidents materialize.
In this webinar, Professor Love aims to address the following question: “How can construction organizations improve quality in their projects and mitigate the risk of defects, engineering failures and rework?”
Webinar Title: Target Value Delivery Speaker: Glenn Ballard Organisation: University of California Berkeley Date: 27th November 2019
“Target Value Delivery of Construction Projects” will explain what Target Value Delivery is, how it works, and the benefits it provides. It is meant for everyone who touches or is touched by a built environment project: owners, designers, constructors, users, neighbors….
Target Value Delivery is standard practice in Lean Product Development of automobiles, clocks, and refrigerators. Buildings, highways, and tunnels are different; principally because they must be assembled where they are to be used, and become so large that eventually workers must move through the product rather than have the product moved through fixed workstations. Clear targets and aligned interests are vital necessities in the delivery of such built environment projects, in part because coordination must be achieved through plans, not through layout of interconnecting conveyor systems.
In the webinar, an argument will be made that the natural target for built environment projects is net benefits in use over the life of the constructed asset (building, highway, tunnel, etc.). This is the primary target from which supporting targets are set; e.g., for functionality, cost, and delivery date. Steering to those targets differs in design, construction and use of the constructed asset–and will be explained in the webinar.
One example of Target Value Delivery benefits: In 2012, Sutter Health reported that they had used Target Value Delivery and supporting Lean methods on 22 projects above $10 million, some much larger. No projects were over budget, no projects were completed late, all buildings (in their case) were fit for purpose, and the average cost was 3.4% below target and 15% below market. That persuaded Sutter Health to commit their capital program to Lean Project Delivery, of which Target Value Delivery is a key element.