The Principles of the Application of Lean Construction in Singapore

Mohammed Fadhil Dulaimi1 & Caoline Tanamas2

1Assistant Professor, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, 4 Architecture Drive, National University of Singapore, tel: 0065-8746501, fax: 0065-7755502, mdulaimi@nus.edu.sg.
2Building Batchelor Student, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, 4 Architecture Drive, National University of Singapore

Abstract

Lean construction is a new way to design and build capital facilities. It advocates the simultaneous consideration of product and process development using simultaneous engineering. This philosophy has challenged the belief that there is always a trade off between cost, time and quality. This study examines the pre-requisites and barriers for the possible implementation of lean construction in the local industry. Interviews are done with the managing directors and construction managers from selected Singapore ISO 9000 certified construction firms. From the research findings, it is found that only certain features of lean construction have been implemented locally. The biggest barrier is the cultural resistance to change.

Keywords

Lean construction, Quality, Barriers, Singapore, Value, Waste.

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Reference

Dulaimi, M.F. & Tanamas, C. 2001, 'The Principles of the Application of Lean Construction in Singapore' In:, Ballard, G. & Chua, D., 9th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Singapore, Singapore, 6-8 Aug 2001.

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