https://doi.org/10.24928/2019/0200

Establishing a Link Between the Last Planner System and Simulation: A Conceptual Framework

Mohammed A. Abdelmegid1, Vicente A. González2, Michael O’Sullivan3, Cameron G. Walker4, Mani Poshdar5 & Luis Fernando Alarcón6

1Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Corresponding author), +64 9 373 7999, E-mail: mabd556@aucklanduni.ac.nz
2Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand, +64 9 923 4106, E-mail: v.gonzalez@auckland.ac.nz
3Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 923 7907, E-mail: michael.osullivan@auckland.ac.nz
4Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 923 7009, E-mail: cameron.walker@auckland.ac.nz
5Lecturer, Department of Built Environment Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand, +64 921 9999, E-mail: mani.poshdar@aut.ac.nz
6Professor, Department of Construction Engineering and Management, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. E-mail: lalarcon@ing.puc.cl

Abstract

The Last Planner System (LPS) is considered one of the most established lean-based construction planning methods due to its ability to stabilise construction production and to increase plan reliability. Several technologies have been proposed to support the implementation of the LPS such as simulation modelling, BIM, and spreadsheets. Simulation modelling is proven to support construction project management by providing a virtual means to test decisions before real implementation. This study aims at establishing a link between the LPS and simulation modelling to support the implementation of the LPS in the construction industry. The scope of this study is focused on the Conceptual Modelling (CM) phase of simulation studies. CM encompasses the planning process of how a simulation model should be developed and how it relates back to the real system. The intended link is established by matching the elements of the LPS with simulation CM to develop an integrated LPS/CM framework. A case study of a stadium expansion project, in which the LPS was fully implemented, is presented to illustrate the applicability of the integrated framework.

Keywords

Lean construction, last planner system, collaboration, simulation, conceptual modelling, first-run studies.

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Abdelmegid, M. A. , González, V. A. , O’Sullivan, M. , Walker, C. G. , Poshdar, M. & Alarcón, L. F. 2019, 'Establishing a Link Between the Last Planner System and Simulation: A Conceptual Framework' In:, Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 Jul 2019. pp 335-246

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