Value Stream Mapping of the Architectural Executive Design in a Governmental Organization

Mariana Lima1, Larissa Rolim2 & Thais da C.L. Alves3

1Architect, M.Sc. Student, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering (www.deecc.ufc.br), Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus Universitário do Pici, Bloco 710, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, Phone +55 85 3366-9607, marimxl@yahoo.com.br
2Engineer, M.Sc. Student, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering (www.deecc.ufc.br), Universidade Federal do Ceará, larissabisio@yahoo.com.br
3Assistant Professor, J.R. Filanc Construction Engrg and Mgmt Program, Dept of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engrg, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA, talves@mail.sdsu.edu

Abstract

This paper presents a study to investigate the development of the architectural executive design of low-income housing projects at Habitafor, which is part of the City of Fortaleza administrative organizations. In FY-2009 Habitafor managed a budget of approximately $100 million dollars allocated to the design and construction of new projects (~ 20,000 new homes), as well as the improvement of existing communities (~ 20,000 home improvements). The authors hypothesized that this process is plagued with inefficiencies that in turn result in long product (plans and specifications) lead times. In order to confirm this hypothesis and make the attributes of this process visible, the authors used Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to analyze the process activities. This study has found evidence that supports the working hypothesis, and proposed recommendations that, if implemented, would cut a third of the total lead time for the process. The authors believe that processes like the one presented in this paper are performed under similar circumstances in various parts of the world. Therefore, they encourage others to conduct similar studies to reveal and banish wasteful practices that consume taxpayer money but do not generate the services they need.

Keywords

Value stream mapping, Public sector, Architectural executive design, Housing.

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Reference

Lima, M. , Rolim, L. & Alves, T.D.C. 2010, 'Value Stream Mapping of the Architectural Executive Design in a Governmental Organization' In:, Walsh, K. & Alves, T., 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Haifa, Israel, 14-16 Jul 2010. pp 415-424

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