Transparency in Building Construction - A Case Study

Luiz Fernando M. Heineck1, Pedro Eduardo Pereira2, Madalena Osorio Leite3, Jose de Paula Barros Neto4 & Igor Barros Pinho5

1PhD., Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Production Engineering. Department, Univ. of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil, FAX +5548/3317075, heineck@eps.ufsc.br
2Civil Engineer, Consultant, M. Informática Comércio e Serviços Ltda., 304-01 Santos Dumont, Fortaleza, +5585/252-5225 FAX +5585/252-5122, minfo@secrel.com.br
3Civil Engineer, IRB Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda., 1200 Marcos Macedo, Fortaleza, CE 60150- 190, Brazil, FAX +5585/261-2319, madalenaleite@uol.com.br
4Dr. in Administration, Professor at the Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil, FAX +5585/2889612, jpbarros@ufc.br
5Civil Engineer, IRB Empreendimentos Imobiliários Ltda., 1200 Marcos Macedo, Fortaleza, CE 60150- 190, Brazil, FAX +5585/261-2319, igorbpinho@zipmail.com.br

Abstract

This paper reports on managerial developments that a particular building company made during the last 5 years using mostly the transparency concept as advocated by lean construction. Productivity measurement is taken just as another transparency managerial action and comes after the building company reaches a state of maturity in its administrative and technological processes. It concludes by showing that wide dissemination of production and productivity information not only creates new issues for site communication and discussion, but also gives support to the perpetuation of administrative and technological developments, as long as positive outcomes are documented.

Keywords

Lean construction, transparency, productivity measurement

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Reference

Heineck, L.F.M. , Pereira, P.E. , Leite, M.O. , Neto, J.D.P.B. & Pinho, I.B. 2002, 'Transparency in Building Construction - A Case Study' 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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