Comparison Between Location Based Management and Takt Time Planning

Adam G. Frandson1, Olli Seppänen2 & Iris D. Tommelein3

1PhD Student, Civil and Envir. Engrg. Dept., Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2Professor of Practice, Civil and Structural. Engrg. Dept., Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland,
3Professor, Civil and Envir. Engrg. Dept., and Director, Project Production Systems Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712, USA,


Construction planning methods may or may not explicitly model space as a resource. This paper compares two methods that do. The first method is used in the Location Based Management System (LBMS). The second method is Takt Time Planning (TTP). Both are iterative design methods for planning and controlling construction work, both focus on creating a balanced production schedule with a predictable timing of work while also preventing spatial interference between trades, but they differ in how they achieve these goals. The contribution of this paper is to (1) highlight the similarities and differences between these two methods and (2) describe a proposal for future exploratory research to evaluate the systems using common metrics.


Location Based Management System (LBMS), Line of Balance (LOB), Takt Time Planning (TTP), buffers, resource continuity.



Frandson, A.G. , Seppänen, O. & Tommelein, I.D. 2015, 'Comparison Between Location Based Management and Takt Time Planning' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 3-12

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