Analysis and Assessment for Lean Construction Adoption: The DOLC Tool

Bruno Soares de Carvalho1 & Sergio Scheer2

1PhD Student, PPGECC - Post Graduation Program in Construction Engineering. Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil.
2Professor, Civil Engineering Research Center. Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil.


Construction companies have difficulties to measure the performance of their efforts regarding the use and application of the Lean Construction philosophy. To serve as support for this development, a tool called DOLC was created to analyze and assess the degree of Lean Construction of a construction company. Based on the 11 principles of Koskela (1992), the DOLC performs the analysis involving 5 (five) different stakeholders: directors, engineers, construction workers, suppliers and designers of a construction company. This tool generates an index for the establishment of improvement by the analyzed constructors. In this paper, 35 case studies are presented between 2008 and 2016, in which the tool was used in Brazil, applied by different researchers and presented in published papers. Based on this research, an overview on the conditions of use of Lean Construction in Brazil is presented.


Lean construction, DOLC, Degree of Lean Construction.



Carvalho, B.S.D. & Scheer, S. 2017, 'Analysis and Assessment for Lean Construction Adoption: The DOLC Tool' In:, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 Jul 2017. pp 429-435

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