Lean Construction

KARI TANSKANEN, TUTU WEGELIUS & HANNU NYMAN Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland ABSTRACT: In this chapter we first review some of the major principles of lean manufacturing. We also discuss the situation of construction ...

Lean Construction

The application of a new production philosophy, leading to "lean production" (using less space, less human effort, less product development time etc), is expected to change almost every industry and bring about radical changes in the organization of work. This text examines this process.

Lean Construction

Rooke, J. (2005) 'Listening is at the Heart of Lean Construction (and every other worthwhile change initiative): A Review of SPEAR'S Paper', IPHRP Working Paper, University of Salford. Rooke, J. (2017) 'Language Action Perspective and ...

Lean Construction

This book collates the main research developments around Lean Construction over the past 25 years with contributions from many seminal authors in the field. It takes stock of developments since the publication of Koskela’s (1992) Application of the New Production Philosophy to Construction and, in doing so, challenges current thinking and progress. It also crystallises theoretical conceptualisations and practically situated learning whilst identifying future research challenges, agendas and opportunities for global collaborative actions. The contributors present the development of Lean Construction as a fundamental part of improving construction productivity, quality and delivery of value to clients and users of built infrastructure. In doing so, the book introduces the reader to the foundational principles and theories that have influenced the way we now understand Lean Construction and has provided very useful insights to students, practitioners and researchers on key junctures over the last 25 years. Highlighting the key contemporary developments and using global case study material the chapters demonstrate good practice but also help introduce new thinking to both lay readers and experienced practitioners alike. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in Lean Construction and construction management, providing a general understanding of the area, current state of the art knowledge as well as providing an insight into areas for future research.

Lean Construction

These answers will allow you to understand the content, gain groundbreaking insights and learn applicable approaches to improve and innovate construction project management. The term lean construction is used, because many of the ...

Lean Construction

Lean-Construction: practical insights for innovating construction management This book grasps some of the most practical and applicable concepts in optimizing construction projects and the objective is, to dig deeper into what is behind this so-called "lean-construction”. Six topics are selected, based on the criteria of highest relevance in conducting construction projects. Each chapter is introduced with a provocative key questions, such as "why is construction progress always lower than planned”, "why is building a steering room more than installing a performance board” or the question of "how to steer a construction site with takt-time” and many other topics such as performance management, or integrated collaborative planning. The content of this book will simplify your life as a construction manager, planner, owner or consultant. And at the same time it is easily understandable and fun to read. Alexander Lange Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Lean Construction Management

Experience and results from implementing lean construction in a large Danish contracting firms. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC-11), Blacksburg, VA, USA, 22–24 July.

Lean Construction Management

The book presents a mixed research method adopted to assess and present the Toyota Way practices within construction firms in general and for firms in China specifically. The results of an extensive structured questionnaire survey based on the Toyota Way-styled attributes identified were developed and data collected from building professionals working in construction firms is presented. The quantitative data presented in the book explains the status quo of the Toyota Way-styled practices implemented in the construction industry, as well as the extent to which these attributes were perceived for lean construction management. The book highlights all the actionable attributes derived from the Toyota Way model appreciated by the building professionals, but alerts the readers that some attributes felled short of implementation. Further findings from in-depth interviews and case studies are also presented in the book to provide to readers an understanding how these Toyota Way practices can be implemented in real-life projects. Collectively, all the empirical findings presented in this book can serve to enhance understanding of Toyota Way practices in the lean construction management context. The readers are then guided through to understand the gaps between actual practice and Toyota Way-styled practices, and the measures that they may undertake to circumvent the challenges for implementation. The book also presents to readers the SWOT analysis that addresses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats towards the implementation of the Toyota Way in the construction industry. The book prescribes the Toyota Way model for use in construction firms to strategically implement lean construction management. The checklist presented in the book enables readers to draw lessons that may be used additionally as a holistic assessment tool for measuring the maturity of firms with respect to their Toyota Way implementation. Consequent to this, management would then be in a better position to develop plans for Toyota Way implementation by focusing on weak areas, strengthening them, and thus increasing the likelihood of success in the implementation of the Toyota Way. In a nutshell, this book provides a comprehensive and valuable resource for firms not only in the construction industry but also businesses outside of the construction sector to better understand the Toyota Way and how this understanding can translate to implementation of lean construction/business management to enhance profitability and survivability in an increasingly competitive global market place.

Value and Waste in Lean Construction

This concept, central to lean construction, should be revisited to incorporate the psychological aspects found by studies in decision making. Note In developing this chapter, the author has drawn on Senior (2012).

Value and Waste in Lean Construction

Non-value adding activities are otherwise known as ‘waste’ in the lean construction lexicon. The aim of this collection is to build a common understanding of the role and contribution of value-adding activities in achieving stipulated objectives and continuous improvement in construction projects, and to contrast this with waste. Although the lean approach to construction projects has been widely covered, this is the first book that explicitly provides the link between value and waste in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. This internationally researched collection seeks to create a paradigm shift, which will shape work processes and future directions for how value is conceptualized and operationalized in both the project management and business aspects of construction. The readers will gain an understanding of: The value-adding paradigm in construction How to make value-supporting decisions Waste identification and control in practice With contributions from South Africa, Brazil, Norway, and the USA, the implications of this book are globally relevant. This is essential reading for all higher level students of construction management and economics, and all professionals interested in value management.

Lean Construction Concrete Tower Sequencing Pre Excavation to Occupancy

I highly recommend watching in the site trailer “Why Lean Construction. An Owner's Perspective” part one and two, on YouTube by Eric Ahistrom with the above group. This will help set the stage for the rest of the site trailer meetings.

Lean Construction Concrete Tower Sequencing Pre Excavation to Occupancy

A high percentage of construction projects have budget and cost overruns. Productivity has flatlined in the last fifty years. Costly rework and defects are common. Lean construction is the bringing together and the respect for all jobsite team members. Built on trust, fairness and honesty. Helping every jobsite team member with skill development and growth. Recognizing and rewarding their improvements. By eliminating waste and adding value, Lean will produce safer jobsites, uninterrupted trade handovers, better quality and schedule reliability. Down to earth collaboration between owners, architects, consultants and site personnel. Working together towards a quality tower handover to the suite owners, developers and general contractors. MANUAL READERS: New Developers, Construction management, General contractors and office staff, Junior project managers, junior inside and outside superintendents, site coordinators, subtrade foremen/women, journeymen who want to move up. Construction management and project management students.

Profitable Partnering for Lean Construction

Unless they first measure the effective utilisation of labour and materials throughout the design and construction supply chain, they cannot know how much improvement is either possible or desirable and they cannot prioritise the key ...

Profitable Partnering for Lean Construction

The lean procurement techniques given in this practical guide couldsave clients up to 40% of total design and construction costs; casehistory evidence is included to prove that the techniques reallywork. The guide goes on to explain in equal depth the leanconstruction techniques that supply-side design and constructionfirms (including trades contractors) need to adopt to deliver thesavings while boosting their profit margins. Written in an accessible style, it explains why lean constructiontechniques will only deliver this high level of savings if they areunderpinned by long-term, strategic, supply-side partneringrelationships between consultants, construction contractors, tradescontractors and manufacturers. This is a 'how to' book written in terms everyone can understand,without the need for an expert interpreter or costly training.

Lean Construction

This book collates the main research developments around Lean Construction over the past 25 years with contributions from many seminal authors in the field.

Lean Construction

This book collates the main research developments around Lean Construction over the past 25 years with contributions from many seminal authors in the field. It takes stock of developments since the publication of Koskela’s (1992) Application of the New Production Philosophy to Construction and, in doing so, challenges current thinking and progress. It also crystallises theoretical conceptualisations and practically situated learning whilst identifying future research challenges, agendas and opportunities for global collaborative actions. The contributors present the development of Lean Construction as a fundamental part of improving construction productivity, quality and delivery of value to clients and users of built infrastructure. In doing so, the book introduces the reader to the foundational principles and theories that have influenced the way we now understand Lean Construction and has provided very useful insights to students, practitioners and researchers on key junctures over the last 25 years. Highlighting the key contemporary developments and using global case study material the chapters demonstrate good practice but also help introduce new thinking to both lay readers and experienced practitioners alike. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in Lean Construction and construction management, providing a general understanding of the area, current state of the art knowledge as well as providing an insight into areas for future research.

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction

Learning from collaborative benchmarking in the construction industry. Proceedings of the 9th annual conference of the international group for lean construction (IGLC- 9), August 6–8. Singapore, University of Singapore. Angelo, T. 2010.

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction is the new and enhanced edition of the pioneering book Modern Construction by Lincoln H. Forbes and Syed M. Ahmed. This book provides a multi-faceted approach for applying lean methodologies to improve design and construction processes. Recognizing the wide diversity in the landscape of projects, and encompassing private and public sector activity, buildings and infrastructure, the book expands upon the detailed coverage of integrated project delivery and new lean tools and techniques to include: Greater emphasis on the importance of creating a lean culture and the initiatives required to transform the industry; Expanded discussions of the foundational writings in lean construction theory; Exploration of the synergies between "lean" and "green" initiatives; Specific procedures for modifying planning and scheduling activities to improve the performance of the project team; Expanded sections on quality, and topics that have become a part of the lean lexicon, such as Choosing by Advantages, "line of balance"/location-based scheduling, virtual design teams, takt time planning and set-based design; Discussion questions for beginners and advanced lean practitioners; and Improved cross-referencing within the text to help the reader navigate the frameworks, techniques and tools to support the application of lean principles. The techniques described here enhance the use of resources, reducing waste, minimizing delays, increasing quality and reducing overall costs. They enable practitioners to improve the quality of the built environment, secure higher levels of customer/owner satisfaction, and simultaneously improve their profitability. This book is essential reading for all those wanting to be at the forefront of construction management and lean thinking.

BIM in the Construction Industry

Koseoglu, O.; Nurtan-Gunes, E.T. Mobile BIM implementation and lean interaction on construction site: A case study of a complex airport project. Eng. Constr. Arch. Manag. 2018, 25, 1298–1321. [CrossRef] 53. Koseoglu, O.; Sakin, M.; ...

BIM in the Construction Industry

This book contains 19 peer-reviewed papers on the subject of BIM in the construction industry. These articles cover recent advances in the development of BIM technologies and applications in the field of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Construction Journal. Owen Matthews, Gregory A. Howell, and Panagiotis Mitropoulos (2003). Aligning The Lean Organization: A Contractual Approach”. Proceedings of the 11th conference of the international group for lean construction ...

Lean Manufacturing


The Lean Office

Applying lean principles to construction really means applying them to project management . This transformation may not utilize manufacturing cells or quick changeovers , but it does involve mapping the construction processes ...

The Lean Office

The Lean Office: Collected Practices and Cases is a compilation of articles previously published in the Productivity Press newsletter, Lean Manufacturing Advisor. These articles discuss lean implementations in non-manufacturing operations, from design to processing invoices to customer service. Most articles are written in the form of case studies. Highlights include— Practical, in-depth description of lean implementation, written in a conversational, easy-to-read style A large quantity of case studies unavailable from any other single source Responds to your desire for real-world lean office information

Chinese Management

www.emeraldinsight.com/researchregister www.emeraldinsight.com/0025-1747.htm Modern-day lean construction principles Low Sui Pheng School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore, ...

Chinese Management


Value and Waste in Lean Construction

This is essential reading for all higher level students of construction management and economics, and all professionals interested in value management.

Value and Waste in Lean Construction

Non-value adding activities are otherwise known as ‘waste’ in the lean construction lexicon. The aim of this collection is to build a common understanding of the role and contribution of value-adding activities in achieving stipulated objectives and continuous improvement in construction projects, and to contrast this with waste. Although the lean approach to construction projects has been widely covered, this is the first book that explicitly provides the link between value and waste in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. This internationally researched collection seeks to create a paradigm shift, which will shape work processes and future directions for how value is conceptualized and operationalized in both the project management and business aspects of construction. The readers will gain an understanding of: The value-adding paradigm in construction How to make value-supporting decisions Waste identification and control in practice With contributions from South Africa, Brazil, Norway, and the USA, the implications of this book are globally relevant. This is essential reading for all higher level students of construction management and economics, and all professionals interested in value management.

Building Lean Building BIM

Construction Management and Economics, 24(8), 869–881. Sacks, R., Esquenazi, A. and Goldin, M. (2007). “LEAPCONTM: Simulation of Lean Construction of High-Rise Apartment Buildings”. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ...

Building Lean  Building BIM

Building Lean, Building BIM is the essential guide for any construction company that wants to implement Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to gain a strategic edge over their competition. The first of its kind, the book outlines the principles of Lean, the functionality of BIM, and the interactions between the two, illustrating them through the story of how Tidhar Construction has implemented Lean Construction and BIM in a concerted effort over four years. Tidhar is a small-to-medium-sized construction company that pioneered a way of working that gave it a profit margin unheard of in its market. The company's story serves as a case study for explanation of the various facets of Lean Construction and BIM. Each chapter defines a principle of Lean and/or BIM, describes the achievements and failures in Tidhar's implementation based on the experiences of the key people involved, and reviews the relevant background and theory. The implementation at Tidhar has not been a pure success, but by examining their motives alongside their achievements and failures, readers will learn about what pitfalls and pinnacles to expect. A number of chapters also compare the experience of Tidhar with those of other companies who are leaders in their fields, such as Skanska and DPR. This book is highly relevant and useful to a wide range of readers from the construction industry, especially those who are frustrated with the inefficiencies in their companies and construction projects. It is also essential reading for Lean and BIM enthusiasts, researchers and students from a variety of industries and backgrounds.

Assessment of Production Planning Process in Residential Construction Using Lean Construction and Six Sigma

Lean principles have been applied successfully worldwide in the automobile industry . ... Two primary entities have advocated application of lean philosophy to construction : The International Group of Lean Construction ( IGLC ) and The ...

Assessment of Production Planning Process in Residential Construction Using Lean Construction and Six Sigma


Distributed Planning and Coordination to Support Lean Construction

LCI White Paper1 , Lean Construction Institute , < http://www.leanconstruction.org > , visited on 5/25/1998 . Lean Construction Institute . ( 1999 ) . “ Lookahead Planning : Streamlining the Work Flow that Supports Last Planner .

Distributed Planning and Coordination to Support Lean Construction


Modern Construction

The book also discusses why true lean construction can best occur when all the construction stakeholders, owners, designers, constructors, and material suppliers are committed to the concept of optimizing the flow of activities holistically ...

Modern Construction

During the past several decades, the manufacturing and service industries significantly increased their levels of productivity, quality, and profitability through the application of process improvement techniques and information technology. Unfortunately, the construction industry lags far behind in the application of performance improvement and optimization techniques, as well as its overall competitiveness. Written by Lincoln H. Forbes and Syed M. Ahmed, both highly regarded for leadership and innovation, Modern Construction: Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices offers cutting-edge lean tools and other productive strategies for the management of people and processes in the construction industry. Drs. Forbes and Ahmed focus mainly on lean construction methodologies, such as The Last Planner(R) System, The Lean Project Delivery System (TM), and Integrated Project Delivery(TM). The tools and strategies offered draw on the success of the world-renowned Toyota Production System (TPS) adapted to the construction environment by construction professionals and researchers involved in developing and advocating lean construction methods. The book also discusses why true lean construction can best occur when all the construction stakeholders, owners, designers, constructors, and material suppliers are committed to the concept of optimizing the flow of activities holistically while de-emphasizing their self-interest. The authors also reintroduce process improvement approaches such as TQM and Six Sigma as a foundation for the adoption of lean methodologies, and demonstrate how these methods can improve projects in a so-called traditional environment. The book integrates these methods with emerging interest in "green construction" and the use of information technology and Building Information Modeling (BIM), while recognizing the human element in relation to motivation, safety, and environmental stresses. Written specifically for professionals in an industry that desperately needs to play catch up, the book delineates cutting-edge approaches with the benefit of successful cases and explains how their deployment can improve construction performance and competitiveness.

Communication Structures in the Design Phase of Lean Project Delivery

Proceedings 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC), Lima, Peru. Hickethier, G., Tommelein, I. D., and Gehbauer, F. (2012). “Reducing rework in design by comparing structural complexity using a ...

Communication Structures in the Design Phase of Lean Project Delivery