This paper starts with (i) an introduction on building construction sector design process main characteristics and (ii) a presentation and discussion on its efficiency problems. The Concurrent Engineering concept as a tool to improve this process, approximating it to lean construction approach is introduced. It also describes a case study on a 22 companies group quality program. This group includes building construction companies, as well design offices, which are implementing some design process changes. The paper ends up proposing a building design process methodology, based on the concurrent engineering principles.
Building design, design flow management, concurrent engineering, lean construction.
Fabricio, M.M. , Melhado, S.B. & Baia, J.L. 1999, 'Brief Reflection on the Improvement of the Design Process Efficiency in Brazilian Building Projects' In:, 7th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Berkeley, USA, 26-28 Jul 1999. pp 345-356