A System for Evaluating the Ongoing Building Process - Theory and Practice

Randi Muff Ebbesen1

1PhD.-Student, Department of Production, Aalborg University, DK 9220 Aalborg East, +45 9635 7113, randi@iprod.aau.dk

Abstract

One of the reasons for the limited development in the Danish building industry is the lack of both documentation of achievements and the sharing of experiences. For solving this problem, a knowledge management and learning system has been developed with the aim of improving the learning as well as the communication and documentation of knowledge, both between the different trades in one project and between projects. The system consists of two parts. The first part mainly aims to support learning and the verbal communication of knowledge from person to person. It is a learning circle called "Method of seven steps". The second part is a system for the administration of data used to evaluate the building process continuously - together the two parts form the system called SAVE - an acronym (in Danish) for "System for Administrating Data to Support Continuous Assessment and Evaluation of Projects". The system is based on the measurements and commitment as known from the Last Planner System i.e. PPC and weekly planning meetings on the building site. In contrast to other systems, SAVE is a continuous assessment system that fits the actual challenges of the building project. The data and information, complemented by the personal competences of the workforce, result in a basis for action to be taken during the building process so that the people involved immediately will see the effects of the system. From spring this year, the system will be tested on two construction projects, and experience gained from the tests will illustrate the viability of the system and the theories it is built on.

Keywords

Communication, implementation, performance measurements, learning process, knowledge capture, lean construction.

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Ebbesen, R.M. 2004, 'A System for Evaluating the Ongoing Building Process - Theory and Practice' In:, Bertelsen, S. & Formoso, C.T., 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Helsingør, Denmark, 3-5 Aug 2004.

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