LCM Digital: An Innovative Platform For Digital Schedule And Process Planning

In cooperation with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), the largest building contractor in the Middle East, Drees & Sommer is developing a new platform for efficient construction-processes – LCM Digital. The tool is based on the lean construction management method, which is abbreviated as LCM®. The online production planning tool allows an exchange of information in realtime, daily progress checks on the building site and a high degree of collaboration, from the planners through to the construction workers. Another feature is that LCM Digital can be linked to building information modeling (BIM) and supply chain management systems.

‘Combining lean construction management and building information modeling on a single platform is unique. LCM Digital even more closely links virtual and real building sites. It harnesses the full potential of BIM and LCM. This leads to highly transparent, up-to-date and efficient procedures, and it speeds up processes by as much as 25 percent, which enormously benefits principals, architects, planners, contractors and other project participants,’ says Patrick Theis, Partner at Drees & Sommer SE and Managing Director with responsibility for the new platform.

By using LCM Digital, the project participants can share all of their information about planned or changed deadlines, building site processes and possible obstacles in real time, and they can also view each other’s information without delay. This will enable them to react flexibly to short-term changes and to make up-to-date decisions. The innovative platform thus acts as an interface between human experience and digital data, and on its own it can deduce standard processes, identify inter-dependent elements and indicate the next steps in the process and any possible risks and planning mistakes. The cloud-based platform will be available for interested parties from November 2018.