Design Thinking in action: a DPR case study to develop a sustainable digital solution for labor resource management
Even though new tools and technologies are emerging rapidly for the construction industry, the rate of innovation and innovation adoption is low. The Design Thinking approach, which resembles the pull strategy in the Lean concept, has great potential in searching for and developing sustainable and...
Integration enabled by virtual design & construction as a lean implementation strategy
This theory paper probes the intersections of Lean, Mass Production and conventional Construction, Lean Construction, the Simple Framework for Integrating Project Delivery model, and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). The authors argue that Toyota recognized that integration was necessary to achieve the goal of global...
Improving on-site meeting efficiency by using an automated model breakdown tool
Integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) to on-site meetings in the construction phase has been a challenge to general contractors mainly due to the inflexibility of the current practice in grouping and organizing models to facilitate rapid, on-the-spot model queries. We have developed an automation tool...
Integrating delivery of a large hospital complex
Building a high performing building requires project teams to integrate their knowledge, their organization and their information, leveraging metrics, models (energy, BIM, cost and schedule), co-location and collaboration, and production management. Senior project leaders on the UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals project created an integrated community...
Automation of the building information model breakdown structure
Breaking down project information via different breakdown structures has been a successful way of managing and controlling construction projects with levels of efficiency and effectiveness otherwise unimaginable to achieve over the past decades. This paper introduces underlying concepts of a method that allows automatic grouping...