The Path from Lean Manufacturing to Lean Construction: Implementation and Evaluation of Lean Assembly

O. Salem1, A. Genaidy2, M. Luegring3, O. Paez4 & J. Solomon5

1Head, Construction Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210071, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071, Phone +1 513/556-3759, FAX 513/556-2599, osalem@uc.edu
2Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering, 633 Rhodes, Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072, Phone +1 513/556-6299, FAX 513/556-4999, genaidam@uc.edu
3Vice President, Messer Construction Co., 5158 Fishwick Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45216, mluegering@messer.com
4Graduate Student, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering,, Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0072, Phone+ 1 513/497- 4649, FAX 513/556-4999, paezor@email.uc.edu
5Graduate Student, Construction Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071, Phone +1 513/621-6718, FAX 513/556-2599, solomoje@email.uc.edu

Abstract

Since the early 1990's, the US construction industry has taken interest in the application of lean production as a new theoretical framework. The IGLC has provided a new set of tools to improve project performance measures (e.g., productivity, quality, and safety). This article compares the techniques developed for lean assembly with those of lean manufacturing. It also introduces an assessment tool implemented by a general construction project in Ohio, USA. This assessment tool comprises six elements: Last Planner, Increased Visualization, Huddle Meetings, First Run Studies, FiveS's, and Fail-Safe for Quality. The successful understanding and impact of this tool emphasizes the need for a simple and comprehensive approach that is transferable to any construction project.

Keywords

Lean assessment, performance tracking, construction tools, manufacturing tools.

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Salem, O. , Genaidy, A. , Luegring, M. , Paez, O. & Solomon, J. 2004, 'The Path from Lean Manufacturing to Lean Construction: Implementation and Evaluation of Lean Assembly' 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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