Decarbonising construction: putting carbon in the business case
This report asserts that an embedded (or embodied) carbon ‘base case’ should be included in all business cases for infrastructure projects and programs in Australia over $100 million in capital cost.
Changing the game: a critical analysis of large-scale corruption in mega-sport event infrastructure projects
This paper highlights the ramifications of corruption in Mega-Sport Event (MSE) infrastructure, a reoccurring issue in MSE history resulting in poor quality and inflated constructions. Issues are assessed across major events, finding concerns in project planning and ineffective channels to report wrongdoing.
AHP-systems thinking analyses for kaizen costing implementation in the construction industry
This study explores the potential of kaizen costing strategy to engender effective cost management within construction project delivery systems in developing countries.
Developing a neighbourhood: Exploring construction projects from a project ecology perspective
As a consequence of ongoing urbanisation, construction projects are likely to be performed in multi-project contexts. Zooming out from the single project and focussing on the context in which construction projects are performed is suggested as a way to broaden our understanding and develop new...
Waste in design management operations from the viewpoint of project needs
Traditional design management processes aim to remove waste on individual design processes, neglecting to view the process as a whole. This research answers the question: How project participants perceive waste in design management operations, and in which ways the waste could be eliminated?
Takt performance indicators
The novel contribution of this paper to the practice of takt is to highlight (1) general challenges expected during the takt plan-execution and (2) takt performance indicators that reveal these challenges.
Empirical assessment of the impact of VDC and Lean on environment and waste in masonry operations
This study measures the impact of Lean and VDC on waste in operations, and on GHG emissions of masonry partitions.
Lean tools proposal to mitigate delays and cost overruns in construction projects
Time and cost deviations in the construction industry are frequent. This paper developed a literature review to examine 33 research papers published since 1988 in the Web of Science database to identify the main factors causing these deviations.
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...
Keeping track of productivity in house-building
It is unclear how productivity is used by house-builders on-site to control, evaluate and improve operations. This study addresses how Swedish house-building companies keep track of productivity in the processes and sub-processes of production.
Digital visual management tools in design management
Visual Management (VM) has the potential to increase process transparency in design and facilitate the information transfer between stakeholders. The main findings of this paper include the discussion of VM concepts in a digital design environment, as well as the analysis of existing VM tools...
Agent-based modelling and simulation of construction crew performance
This paper presents an Agent-Based and Discrete-Event model that allows project controllers to simulate current or future project states within the Weekly Work Plan (WWP) of the Last Planner System (LPS) in order to orient the project activities and performance as desired.
Optimization of green building design processes: case studies within the European union
Two case studies in Italy and two case studies in Spain are analyzed, and the effects of the project management issues are evaluated under three different points of view: Time, cost, and level of sustainability of the building. A poorly planned process for the achievement...
Lean and BIM meet social sciences: new perspectives in construction engineering and management
Lean construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are central means of ongoing transformation in the construction industry. The current transformation of the industry is a major opportunity for social science researchers to observe interesting social phenomena, e.g., creativity, problem solving, collaboration, co-creation, commitment, and trust...
An assessment of lean design management practices in construction projects
This paper aims to assess the lean management practices that are performed at the design phase of construction projects. Evidence exists for the implementation of 19 lean design management practices, grouped into three categories: stakeholder management, planning and control, and problem solving and decision making.
An integrative approach to analyze the attributes shaping the dynamic nature of value in AEC
What are the attributes that affect value generation, enhancement, and optimization on projects? The research conducted in this paper shows that project value is not easily understood, it is connected to multiple attributes that shape the dynamic and evolving nature of value.
From concept development to implementation: choosing by advantages across an organization
Choosing by Advantages (CBA) is a decision-making method that has been growing in application and acceptance in the last few years within the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) community. This paper closes the gap on how it can be applied by giving guidance and...
Contracting for collaboration in construction
The promotion of more collaborative environments stands front and center as a solution to the industry problems by promoting, via contractual terms, collaborative behaviors and processes. This study investigates the language of construction contracts by identifying keywords commonly associated with collaboration and comparing the incidence...
Site layout planning through BIM visualisation - a case study
The paper here explores minimisation of wastes on construction sites, as defined by Lean Construction, using a BIM model highlighting the construction site layout planning to visualise the various aspects of space constraints, access routes, safety considerations, and a visual approach to progress monitoring and...
Conceptual foundations for a new lean BIM-based production system in construction
To prove whether productivity deficiencies in construction can be improved, a new lean BIM-based production system is designed to assess the hypothesis that a true integration of BIM functionalities with the Last Planner System will contribute to a more efficient project delivery. This paper discusses...
Enthusiasm for lean
Despite implementing the continuous improvement and respect for people principles as understood from the current research, many lean transformations fail. This paper provides an argument that there is a missing yet important set of elements supporting these principles that needs to be understood, and examines...
When a business case is not enough: motivation to work with lean
Implementing lean construction from the lean construction community’s perspective is seen as a significant change from traditional project management and perhaps even a paradigm shift.
A guide to improving value by reducing design error
The Get it Right Initiative is an organisation with a mission to tackle avoidable error in the construction industry. The initiative’s single aim is to significantly reduce error and its associated consequences, and its members are united to build a better UK Construction Industry.
The role of slack in standardized work in construction: An exploratory study
While some studies have addressed the key elements of standardized work (SW), the role played by the concept of slack as a fundamental element of operations design is rarely discussed in an explicit way. Considering the context of the construction industry, the aim of this...
Make ready planning using flow walks: A new approach to collaboratively identifying project constraints
Many authors identify flow and pull as key lean production principles. In lean construction (LC)these principles are embodied within the Last Planner System (LPS) to create more reliable workflow which is the heart of Lean Project Delivery. LPS has continued to evolve and develop over...