Last Planner & Bim Integration: Lessons From a Continuous Improvement Effort

Patricia Tillmann1 & Zach Sargent2

1Project Manager, Director of Lean Integration, Superior Air Handling, patricia.tillmann@superiorairhandling.com, +1 408-630-1320
2Vice President, Superior Air Handling, zach.sargent@superiorairhandling.com

Abstract

This paper discusses the benefits of adopting the last planner system and Building Information Modelling (BIM) from a Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEPF) perspective. The main objective of this research was to understand how to advance the integration of such practices as means to improve workflow in complex and fast-pace projects. The paper presents the anticipated benefits from such integration and the barriers identified to realize those benefits. The discussion is based on findings of an in depth empirical study in which the learning component of last planner was used to initiate a continuous improvement effort. A comparison is drawn between a desired state on BIM and last planner integration to a real case, followed by reflections on potential solutions to bridge the observed gap. The main contribution of this paper to practice is to understand how to advance the integration of BIM and last planner to improve MEPF coordination and workflow in any kind of construction project, independently from the method of delivery. Expected contributions to theory are related to further understanding how lean processes and technology can be used together as catalysts to increase collaboration in construction projects.

Keywords

BIM, Last Planner System, Production Flow, MEPF coordination

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Tillmann, P. & Sargent, Z. 2016, 'Last Planner & Bim Integration: Lessons From a Continuous Improvement Effort' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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