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Lean Construction White Paper

Lean Construction White Paper

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Published by: Jhoner Frank Valero on Jan 12, 2013
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   W   H   I   T   E    P   A   P   E   R 
LeanConstruction
Technology Advances in Lean Construction
 
 
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Contents
1. Introduction ................................................................................................................. 1
 
2. Origins of Lean Construction ....................................................................................... 2
 
3. Lean Construction Principles ....................................................................................... 4
 
4. Advancements in Lean Construction Practices ........................................................... 5
 
5. Work Package ............................................................................................................. 6
 
6. Workflow ..................................................................................................................... 7
 
7. Smart Technology Features for Lean Construction ..................................................... 8
 
7.1 Visualization...................................................................................................................................... 8
 
7.2 Look-ahead Scheduling .................................................................................................................... 9
 
7.3 Prevent Planning Errors ................................................................................................................... 9
 
7.4 Powerful Filtering ............................................................................................................................ 10
 
7.5 Rules of Progress ........................................................................................................................... 10
 
7.6 Just-in-time Deliveries .................................................................................................................... 11
 
7.7 Modular Construction ..................................................................................................................... 11
 
7.8 Animation in 4D .............................................................................................................................. 12
 
7.9 Prevent Double-planning ................................................................................................................ 13
 
7.10 Notice of Change .......................................................................................................................... 13
 
7.11 Internationalization ....................................................................................................................... 14
 
8. Lean Construction: The Future .................................................................................. 15
 
References .................................................................................................................... 16
 
 
Lean Construction
 
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1. Introduction
We hear the term “lean” used very often today, usually associated with lean manufacturing, lean thinking,lean production, and lean construction. There are many arguments and debates on what each of thesehave in common, or what their differentiators are. The single undeniable similarity is that they all use theword “lean”.So, what does “lean” really mean?The word “lean” has many meanings and uses. One meaning is to minimize and eliminate waste, which isa common definition of the word. However, it is not what is eliminated, but added, that is the most definingdenominator:value.Another use of the word “lean” is to sway towards an opinion. This definition may be the most applicablefor the industry use of “lean”, as a common factor in all lean thinking, ideas or principles, is that it requiresadopters to “lean” or sway a new direction, and change their mindset and philosophy.This white paper will explore lean construction and how advances in technology are makingimplementation of lean construction practices achievable for the industry, with core functionality built intothe products as standard out-of-the-box features. By embedding these lean principles in the software,technology is creating lean tools that will become a major differentiator in shifting the constructionparadigm, and delivering maximum value to the industry.

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