A Route Map for Implementing Last Planner® System in Bogotá, Colombia

Camilo Mejía-Plata1, Juan S. Guevara-Ramirez2, Daniel F. Moncaleano-Novoa3, María C. Londoño-Acevedo4, Juan S. Rojas-Quintero5 & Jose L. Ponz-Tienda6

1Graduate student, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, camilomejiaplata@hotmail.com
2Graduate student, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, juanguevarar@gmail.com
3Graduate student, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, dfmoncaleano@gmail.com
4Research assistant. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, mc.londono1449@uniandes.edu.co
5Instructor. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, js.rojas128@uniandes.edu.co
6Assistant Professor. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director of Construction Engineering and Management. Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, jl.ponz@uniandes.edu.co

Abstract

In recent years, Lean Construction (LC) has come to be known among the construction industry in Colombia for its proven waste reduction potential, ability to increase value and improvement of project performance overall. The Last Planner® System (LPS) is one of the most valued and commonly used LC methodology in Colombia, however, there is not enough clarity about how it works or how to properly apply it. To this extent, this qualitative research proposes a route map for implementing LPS in Bogotá, based on a review of its current application, in order to guide companies toward a proper use of it. The assessment was carried out throughout a benchmarking process known as The Reading Model in which four of the eighteen competing companies that use LPS, were evaluated in terms of their commitment and scope in each aspect of the three main LC pillars: culture, philosophy and technology. The aim of the research is to identify possible improvements for the LPS implementation and to adapt the True North route map to the assessed context. Despite the fact that only four companies participated, it was found that all of them face similar barriers related to contractors’ engagement, reluctance to change and lack of training.

Keywords

Last Planner System, Lean Construction, Culture, Production Planning, Benchmarking.

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Mejía-Plata, C. , Guevara-Ramirez, J.S. , Moncaleano-Novoa, D.F. , Londoño-Acevedo, M.C. , Rojas-Quintero, J.S. & Ponz-Tienda, J.L. 2016, 'A Route Map for Implementing Last Planner® System in Bogotá, Colombia' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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