A General Framework for Improvement of the Construction Process

Alfredo Serpell1, Luis Fernando Alarcón2 & Virgilio Ghio3

1Department of Construction Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
2Department of Construction Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
3Department of Construction Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Abstract

A general framework developed for construction improvement and waste reduction is presented. This framework has been successfully applied during the last three years to several construction sites in Chile, through consulting services and research studies. The approach includes a set of structured activities and tools that are performed and applied for the identification and evaluation of the problems that produce construction waste, and the causes associated to them. A second stage of the approach corresponds to the development of both short and mid-term solutions in order to act on the factors that produce these problems with the purpose of reducing or eliminating their effects. A summary of the major improvements achieved through the application of this framework is also included to show the potential of this approach.

Keywords

construction, construction management, change management, waste reduction, productivity improvement

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Serpell, A. , Alarcón, L.F. & Ghio, V. 1996, 'A General Framework for Improvement of the Construction Process ' In:, 4th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Birmingham, UK, 1-.

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