Implementing Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) in Veidekke – Using Simple Metrics to Improve the Design Management Process

Vegard Knotten1 & Fredrik Svalestuen2

1PhD Candidate/ Design manager, NTNU/ Veidekke Entreprenør AS. P.O.Box 506 Skøyen, N0214 Oslo Norway, Phone +47 21055000, Vegard.Knotten@ntnu.no
2PhD Candidate/ Design manager, NTNU/ Veidekke Entreprenør AS. P.O.Box 506 Skøyen, N0214 Oslo Norway, Phone +47 21055000, Fredrik.Svalestuen@veidekke.no

Abstract

The productivity in the AEC industry in Norway has had a decline since the 80´íes and Veidekke has sought out new approaches to deal with the issue. One of the approaches has been to work with Stanford University and CIFE to improve efficiency of the design phase, by using Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). Through a certificate course in VDC the participants got an introduction to the use of VDC and in the following year implemented VDC in their projects. Metrics is a key part of VDC, and by using simple metrics the participants discovered how to increase the efficiency of the design phase and how to improve the control of the design phase, including changing the processes that did not work well. The aim of this paper is to present some of the course participants' experiences in implementing VDC in their projects and to show how simple metrics can document their efforts. The following main findings were reported: • The time spent with quantity take off (QTO) can be reduced dramatically. • The PPC (Per cent Planned Complete) can be increased by using the 6 prerequisites of a healthy design process to determine the root cause of uncompleted tasks.

Keywords

VDC, Metrics, Design management, Constraint analysis, Improvement

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Reference

Knotten, V. & Svalestuen, F. 2014, 'Implementing Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) in Veidekke – Using Simple Metrics to Improve the Design Management Process' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 1379-1389

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