Site implementation and assessment of lean construction techniques

O. Salem, J. Solomon, A. Genaidy, M. Luegring

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to test the effectiveness of some lean construction tools, in particular, those tools that can be applied in medium size construction firms. Due to the success of the lean production system in manufacturing, the construction industry has adapted lean techniques to eliminate waste and increase profit. A field study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of some lean construction techniques including last planner, increased visualization, daily huddle meetings, first run studies, the 5s process, and fail safe for quality. The data collection methods included direct observations, interviews, questionnaires, and documentary analysis. The effectiveness of the lean construction tools was evaluated through the lean implementation measurement standard and performance criteria. It was found that last planner, increased visualization, daily huddle meetings, and first run studies achieved more effective outcomes than expected. However, the results of implementation of 5s process and fail safe for quality did not meet the expectations of the tool champions and the research team. It was found that there is need for behavioral changes and training for effective use of lean tools. Most of the lean construction tools selected for the project are either ready to use, or are recommended with some modifications. A summary of the results is provided, and future research needs are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalLean Construction Journal
Volume2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Last planner
  • Lean construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Salem, O., Solomon, J., Genaidy, A., & Luegring, M. (2005). Site implementation and assessment of lean construction techniques. Lean Construction Journal, 2(2), 1-21.