A Production Planning Support System for Construction Projects

Luis F. Alarcon1 & Rodrigo Calderon2

1Professor, Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, Fax : 011-562-686-4806, e-mail: lalarcon@ing.puc.cl
2Research Assistant, Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Ingeniería, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile, Fax : 011-562-686-4806, e-mail: rcalderg@ing.puc.cl

Abstract

This paper describes a computer system developed by the Production Management Center of the Catholic University of Chile (GEPUC) and companies involved in collaborative projects. The general objective of the system is to provide a support tool that could integrate the overall GEPUC improvement initiative. The current version of the system “Plan Control” used the LPS as the core of the development, providing integration capabilities with other tools used in the implementation effort. One specific objective of “Plan Control” is to facilitate better management of the information of the LPS to allow a learning and transparency stage to take place in the companies, to generate a continuous improvement mechanism. A second specific objective is to provide support for the implementation of the LPS concepts across all the parties in the construction project, to obtain a better understanding of the concepts and to facilitate their adoption. This paper shows as a collaborative work between GEPUC and companies, during the creation of the prototype Plan Control, breaks up with the cultural barrier of adoption of this type of support tools. The first impacts generated by the application of the prototype system are commented, and the components of the definitive system, currently under development, are presented.

Keywords

Plan Control, Last Planner System, learning process, transparency process, collaborative work.

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Alarcon, L.F. & Calderon, R. 2003, 'A Production Planning Support System for Construction Projects' In:, 11th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Virginia, USA, 1-.

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