What is Lean Construction?
Lean Construction origins are based on the research work of Lauri Koskela, doctorate in Industrial Management. His investigation is based on Toyota’s production processes (Just In Time) and ‘Lean’ doctrine applied exclusively to construction.
Also called ‘lossless construction’, Lean Construction is a system that pretends to improve continously the whole construction process, analyzing and setting those activities that don’t generate added value for the customer.
Some of the standard practices of this system are:
- The set design of both structure and its delivery, looking for significantly demonstrate the commitment with the customer.
- The structuring of each execution process for leveraging resources and so making the most of the process.
- The performance management and improvement of each process, which involves the improvement of the whole project performance.
- The ‘control’ term redefinition: from being results measurement to be directly the problems resolution of every hitch that may occur, don’t stop that long on evaluating the problem but on its solution.
There are two concepts that are linked to the impending maturity of Lean Construction implementation, and they are: the Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).
BIM is more focused on technology, and Big Data administration for the project. Otherwise, the IPD is oriented towards the management of all project’s stakeholders: project executors, designers, developers, subcontractors and constructors.
The developer and biggest illustrator of this philophy is Juan Felipe Pons Achell, who with his web platform Think In Lean, and throughout the three elements synergy has achieved the traditional Project Management revolution.
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