Lean Construction: From Theory to Practice

Antonio Sergio Itri Conte1

1Director of Lean Construction Institute of Brazil. e-mail:asiconte@leanconstruction.com.br Logical Systems Consultoria S/C Ltda.R. Caravelas, 326 – Vila Mariana – São Paulo – SP – 04012-060 Fone/Fax: (11) 5573-6937 e-mail:lcibr@uol.com.br

Abstract

The application of Lean Construction principles and techniques implies the adoption of a new organization design that can make Project Management systems feasible in the construction sector. The flexibility achieved by Production Management systems with the adoption of this model should come together with new applications that monitor the operating performance of each Project being executed. They go from execution deadlines and production costs to compliance levels related to quality standards and job safety specific to each particular Project. This paper discusses the results obtained by the practical application of Lean Construction to ventures located in several Brazilian cities, with a total accumulated built-up area of more than 250,000 square meters. We emphasize the example of building an upscale, 18-floor residential building in São Paulo with four flats per floor and a built-up area of 14,230 square meters. The Project employed specific control techniques that sought to consolidate a management vision focused on the systematic reduction of activities that did not add value to the end product.

Keywords

Lean Construction, Project Management, Production Management, Cost Performance.

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Reference

Conte, A.S.I. 2002, 'Lean Construction: From Theory to Practice' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Ballard, G., 10th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Gramado, Brazil, 6-8 Aug 2002.

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