Collaborative Design Management

Trond Bolviken1, Bjornar Gullbrekken2 & Kjetil Nyseth3

1Director, Business Development and Strategy, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, N-0214 Oslo, Norway, Phone +47 21055000, trond.bolviken@veidekke.no (Veidekke Entreprenør AS is a Norwegian subsidiary of Veidekke ASA, one of the major Scandinavian construction and real estate development companies).
2Design Manager, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, N-0214 Oslo, Norway, Phone +47 21055000, bjornar.gullbrekken@veidekke.no .
3Head of Improvement Processes, Veidekke Entreprenør AS, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, N-0214 Oslo, Norway, Phone +47 21055000, kjetil.nyseth@veidekke.no .

Abstract

So far, Lean Construction has exerted a far greater influence on the production aspect of construction than on its design. However, Koskela and Ballard – the authors of what are to date the two most influential contributions to come from Lean Construction – both regard their respective input as no less relevant to one of these aspects than to the other. The theory hypothesis of this paper is that Lean Construction and the Last Planner SystemTM principles are equally relevant to design and production in construction. The study is based on the design process in design-build contracts, where design is partly carried out in parallel with construction, and the completion date is fixed. Literature studies of the design process indicate that the hypothesis is partly true. However, the findings of this paper indicate that the design process has certain characteristics that makes it fundamentally different from the production process. This paper argues that the design process should be defined as consisting of three phases, involving three different management strategies. The decision making process is identified as an integral part of the design process. A relationship between design and production plans, and six preconditions for the constraints analysis in design processes, are proposed.

Keywords

Design management in construction, Preconditions for design, Decision making.

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Reference

Bolviken, T. , Gullbrekken, B. & Nyseth, K. 2010, 'Collaborative Design Management' In:, Walsh, K. & Alves, T., 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Haifa, Israel, 14-16 Jul 2010. pp 103-112

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