Development of an Experimental Waste Framework Based on Bim/Lean Concept in Construction Design

S. Mollasalehi1, A. Fleming2, A. Talebi3 & J. Underwood4

1PhD Candidate, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK, Email: S.Mollasalehi1@edu.salford.ac.uk
2Fellow Higher Education Academy, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK, Email: A.J.Fleming@salford.ac.uk
3PhD Candidate, School of Art, Design, and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, UK, Email: Saeed.Talebi@hud.ac.uk
4Professor, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK, Email: j.underwood@salford.ac.uk

Abstract

The construction industry faces many problems and challenges especially with the construction of housing which are due to the high level of non-value-adding activities (waste) that reduce the overall construction performance and productivity. In recent years, there have been investigations and research on improving the performance of construction. Lean construction is widely known as an effective process which aims to maximise customer value and the efficiency of the project by eliminating non-value-adding activities or waste. Moreover, the Building Information modelling (BIM) concept has been recognised as a collaborative process which aims to improve the overall project performance through its tools' capabilities. This paper intends to study the potential effects of integrating these two concepts in order to reduce construction waste. This paper presents a framework, named an Experimental Waste Framework based on the findings of this paper to explore how an integrated BIM and Lean concept can contribute to the practicable reduction of construction waste in the design process of construction.

Keywords

Lean construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Waste.

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Mollasalehi, S. , Fleming, A. , Talebi, A. & Underwood, J. 2016, 'Development of an Experimental Waste Framework Based on Bim/Lean Concept in Construction Design' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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