Conference paper

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...
Conference paper

The beauty of a phase-overlapping Last Planner System with incorporated Takt

This research concludes that the Last Planner System (LPS) aligns to the Toyota Production System (TPS) and its recognized management theory, which is a vehicle to integrate the minds + hands philosophy within projects from early design phase till handover. Our findings show that adopting...
Conference paper

Does Choosing by Advantages promote inclusiveness in group decision-making?

In construction projects, a significant number of female Lean practitioners found their ideas and input were not taken seriously. Empowering people in an organization and in the field means to include them in the decision-making process. The authors found evidence that Choosing by Advantages (CBA)...
Journal article

Proposed model of sustainable construction skills for engineers in Chile

The purpose of this article is to present a conceptual model that can be used to design and evaluate engineering training programs in sustainable construction (SC). There were five skills identified as necessary for the future engineer, among them, two stand out: teamwork (collaborative) and...

Building a lean culture into an organization

The Indian construction industry is in need for a change; a change that can help its people and organizations discard the conventional project management approach of 'Command and control'; a change that can create better collaboration between project teams and reduce blame games. Lean construction...

Introduction to the Last Planner System

The Last Planner System allows teams to identify constraints early on, and clear them so that the work can flow with no disruptions. It raises the accountability of all participants, and it eliminates rework, waiting, and other wastes.
Conference paper

Mapping of BIM process for teaching lean

Value Stream Mapping (VSM), a Lean tool and Building Information Modelling (BIM) are two contemporary approaches that aim to reduce waste and enhance collaboration in the realization of construction projects. While the principles and practices of both are found to benefit construction processes; there are...
Journal article

Target Value Design inspired practices to deliver sustainable buildings

The design of environmentally-friendly buildings relies on the work of interdisciplinary teams who have to look at problems in a holistic way. Teams need to communicate, collaborate, and make decisions not solely based on first cost considerations. For this purpose, Target Value Design (TVD) related...
Conference paper

Collaborative design decisions

Decision making on projects is often done in isolated silos, lacking collaboration and communication between teams. This modality often leads to inefficiencies due to late changes in the design and the need for rework. Team moods decay when there is lack of a clearly defined...
Conference paper

House of cards - A simulation of lean construction principles

The "House of Cards" simulation was developed to stimulate discussion and improve the application of lean production concepts (5S, flow, waste, kaizen, transparency, and collaboration) to construction engineering and management. It is a simple, scalable, hands-on exercise that enables a facilitator to lead teams to...