Learning, Structural Masonry Technology and Lean Construction a Case Study In a Small Building Site

Aerson Moreira Barreto1 & Luiz Fernando M. Heineck2

1Professor, Civil Engineering, UFERSA, Brazil, Phone +55 (84) 9680-9331, aersonbarreto@ufersa.edu.br
2Professor, Civil Engineering, Federal Univ. of CearĂ¡, Brazil, Phone +55 (85) 32670096, heineck@pq.cnpq.br

Abstract

This paper aims to analyze the learning processes of construction workers when they interact with new knowledge in the implementation of structural masonry in a lean environment. Specifically, mortar production control was established through the use of kanbans. Moreover workers have incorporated new techniques in the execution of structural masonry operations and lean principles as transparency, group working, prototyping and proper use of simple innovative tools. Site management took and active role in introducing an open minded atmosphere for communication and discussion in connection with new concepts that were taught. Learning occurs due to a new balance of coordination actions between engineer and workers. Thus, learning became part of production. There was a greater involvement of workers enhancing their ability to build up theoretical and practical knowledge that they deemed useful for the course of their professional lifes.

Keywords

lean construction, learning, productivity, kanban

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Reference

Barreto, A.M. & Heineck, L.F.M. 2012, 'Learning, Structural Masonry Technology and Lean Construction a Case Study In a Small Building Site' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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