Collaborative Implementation of Lean Planning Systems in Chilean Construction Companies

Luis F. Alarcón1, Sven Diethelmand2 & Oscar Rojo3

1Professor of civil Engineering, Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, e-mail: lalarcon@ing.puc.cl
2Research Engineer, Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, e-mail: sdiethel@ing.puc.cl
3Research Engineer, Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, e-mail: orojo@ing.puc.cl

Abstract

This paper describes the strategies applied by the research team of the Universidad Católica de Chile to implement the Last Planner System in twelve construction companies. The paper reports the results obtained, analyzes critical factors, barriers found in the organization and strategies to manage them in order to strengthen the implementation process. Twelve Chilean construction companies are currently developing a collaborative research and implementation effort to improve their competitiveness in the local and international market. The strategies followed for implementation include some key elements such as: training for action, collaborative sharing among companies, coaching and action research. All these aspects are part of an overall strategy to introduce principles of lean construction and better practices in the organizations. The incremental nature of the implementation, has made it possible to observe, analyze and identify the impacts of individual changes in the planning process and in the project/production management practice of the companies. The paper discusses some important aspects of the Last Planner implementation, including human and organizational aspects that seem to be key for a successful implementation.

Keywords

Last Planner; lean construction; production management; human resource management

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Alarcón, L.F. , Diethelmand, S. & Rojo, O. 2002, 'Collaborative Implementation of Lean Planning Systems in Chilean Construction Companies' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Ballard, G., 10th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Gramado, Brazil, 6-8 Aug 2002. pp 541-551

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