Use of Virtual Design and Construction, and Its Inefficiencies, From a Lean Thinking Perspective

María G. Mandujano1, Luis F. Alarcón2, John Kunz3 & Claudio Mourgues4

1Ph.D.candidate. of Civil Engineering, Dept. of Construction Engineering and Management, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 360, Correo 22, Santiago de Chile, Phone (56 2) 2354-4200, mmandujanor@uc.cl
2Professor of Civil Engineering, Dept. of Construction Engineering and Management, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 360, Correo 22, Santiago de Chile, Phone (56 2) 2354-4201, lalarcon@ing.puc.cl
3Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, Phone 650-725-1546, kunz@stanford.edu
4Assistant Professor, Construction Engineering and Management Dept., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Chile, +56-2-2354-4245, cmourgue@ing.puc.cl

Abstract

In recent years, the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has broadly expanded the use of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), particularly Building Information Modeling (BIM). However, this use is not always well planned and defined by the companies, which introduces inefficiencies in their VDC use. This research explores the literature to identify examples of waste in VDC from a Lean Construction perspective, and proposes VDC practices and Lean methods to reduce this waste. The exploratory research found examples of 8 waste types in the use of VDC: Non-value added processing, Motion (excess), Inventory (excess), Waiting Overproduction, Employee knowledge (unused), Transportation/Navigation, and Defects.

Keywords

VDC, BIM, Lean, Waste

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Mandujano, M.G. , Alarcón, L.F. , Kunz, J. & Mourgues, C. 2015, 'Use of Virtual Design and Construction, and Its Inefficiencies, From a Lean Thinking Perspective' 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 836-845

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