Lean Construction Management
Lean Construction Management
Acceleration and improvement in efficiency
The principles of lean management are finding increasing application in the area of project management as a way of ensuring a continuous improvement in processes during the project term, and thus significantly better project results as well. A study from the United Kingdom shows that 20 percent of all costs in construction projects are incurred as the result of inferior processes, rework, and waste, and that these could be avoided. Application of the three lean criteria, "maximize added value, minimize waste, and perfect processes" produces a significant acceleration and improvement in efficiency.
Following the principle of lean criteria, our experts first conduct a process analysis and then develop framework planning in line with the pull principle. Documents, plans, and materials are then drawn up in transparent processes, and delivered precisely when they are required in the process, in other words just in time, eliminating any duplication of effort and waiting times.
To begin with, in the planning phase we place a focus on ensuring agility and flexible processes. Agile Planning means independent planning, along with targeted interaction between the main participants with mutual assurances. This represents a paradigm shift involving the dismantling of rigid, traditional planning structures and opaque processes that it is possible to hide behind. Detailed management is based on the SCRUM method for controlling planning processes, an agile procedure that ensures the specified schedule is always adhered to, or improved on.
Lean Logistics is the next stage. This means that materials are only delivered to the construction site if they can be installed within the next two to three days. Adherence to this just-in-time principle significantly reduces inventories both on the site and in the stores. Transport requirements are also reduced and the goods required can be located by everyone without any great effort. Warehouse costs are cut, natural loss on the construction site is eliminated, the quality of building materials is maintained, and the material is only handled once.
In the end, Lean Site Management represents a strong, consistent and transparent "production management" tool for the management of construction processes. The strategic perspective (top-down) is combined with the execution skills of the full operational level (bottom-up) to create the optimum overall process. The Lean Construction Managers work closely together with the construction management and the different companies on site. In this way, problems are identified before they have a chance to impact the project. This significantly enhances the stability of execution.
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“The consistent application of Lean Construction Management allows substantial cost reductions to be achieved and deadlines to be met at an earlier date. At the same time, quality is improved and notices of delays are largely eliminated. It is rather like turbocharged project management – something that is not exactly cheap, but is highly effective. It is well worth investing in!”