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(PS-1604) Lean Construction Planning Implementation

Primary Author: Ms. Hannah E. Schumacher PSP and Ms. Donna J. Nardella PE, LEED AP EVP PSP

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2014 AACE International Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract: Lean Construction Planning is an upcoming trend in the construction industry driven by Owner demands for more reliable project completions. Now Contractors and Subcontractors are finding that these Lean processes eliminate waste, achieve a more stable work flow and subsequently gain higher productivity and improved construction quality. What is Lean Construction? What is Pull Planning and how can it be implemented in conjunction with the CPM schedule to make planning and building construction projects more efficient? What are the inherent challenges and risks? How do these processes tie into the AACE® International Basic Total Cost Management® (TCM) Process Model – Plan, Do, Check, Assess (PDCA)?

In this paper, the authors’ will answer these questions and discuss the implementation of Lean Construction Planning from both the Owner’s and Contractors perspectives. They will describe the processes as they relate to planning and scheduling as well as lessons learned and suggested solutions in the implementation of these principles in the construction industry.