Construction planning and control is a managerial process that is closely related to the aim of improving the effectiveness of construction projects. Despite its importance, there is growing concern over the failure of construction planning and control to achieve its goals. The main objective of this article is to present the development process of a model for planning and controlling production in small sized building companies, as well as a method for implementing it. The model involves three different levels of planning and control: (a) weekly basis operational planning, using the concept of shielding production, at the lower level; (b) lookahead planning at the intermediate level; and (c) tactical planning concerning the whole production stage, at the higher level. The development of this research project is based on the conceptual framework of the New Production Philosophy (Lean Production). The applicability of its concepts and tools has been tested on the development of the production planning and control process.
Construction planning and control, shielding production, information systems.