LEAN CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY
If you consider BIM to be the solution to low construction productivity, think again.
3D visualization and technology will do little to solve construction project delivery woes.
The root of the decades long decline in construction productivity and associated poor facility management practices is cultural.
Construction is like any other relatively complex manufacturing process. It requires a focus upon best management practices, education and training, key performance indicators, and continuous improvement, in short, LEAN business process application.
Reducing end product variability, cycle-times, waste, and cost is not rocket science. There are multiple proven LEAN construction delivery methods and life-cycle / total cost-of-ownership models available. Owners must drive their accelerated adoption.
The most widely used and successful LEAN construction delivery methods are Integrated Project Delivery, IPD, for major new construction, and Job Order Contracting, JOC, for renovation, repair, maintenance, sustainability, and minor new construction. When deployed and managed properly by Owners, on-time, on-budget, quality construction is the norm versus the exception.
Characteristics of LEAN Construction Delivery
- Mutual Respect & Trust
- Financial Transparency
- Owner Leadership without excessive management & control
- Shared Risk/Reward
- Best Value Procurement
- Common Standard Terms, Definitions, & Data Architectures (UNIFORMAT, MASTERFORMAT, OMNICLASS)
- Continuous Education, Training, & Improvement
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) / Audits
- Written Execution / Operations Manuals (Roles, Responsibilities, Deliverables, Workflows / Standardized Work Processes, Reporting Requirements…)