Virtual Design and Construction Leaner Than Before

João Bosco P. Dantas Filho1, Bruno M. Angelim2 & José de Paula Barros Neto3

1MBA, Master's Student, Federal University of Ceará. Architect, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceará (IFCE), Fortaleza, Brazil, +55 85 99168-0846,
2C.E., VDC/BIM Coordinator, FortBIM Engenharia S/S, Fortaleza, Brazil, +55 85 98899-8589,
3DBA., Full Professor, Department of Structural Engineering and Civil Construction, Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil, +55 85 99969-1871,


Virtual design and construction is turning into a more essential service to develop construction designs. Builders-developers are demanding virtual design and construction even in pre-BIM design processes. In this context, companies specialized in virtual construction need to get ready to meet its increasing demand. The aim of this study is to identify how virtual design and construction process works to suggest improvements from lean construction tools. Based on a qualitative methodology and through lean construction diagnostic tools to collect data, process structure elements are described, stream mapping are designed, cycle times are analyzed, restriction are identified, process changes are suggested. Through feedback from case study respondents, this research has concluded that there would be a meaningful improvement in global productivity and decrease in total amount of time.


Value Stream Mapping, virtual design and construction, VDC, BIM, Lean construction.



Filho, J.B.P.D. , Angelim, B.M. & Neto, J.D.P.B. 2016, 'Virtual Design and Construction Leaner Than Before' In:, 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Boston, USA, 20-22 Jul 2016.

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