Identifying Waste: Applications of Construction Process Analysis

Seung-Hyun Lee1, James E. Diekmann2, Anthony D. Songer3 & Hyman Brown4

1Graduate Student, Construction Engineering & Management, University of Colorado- Boulder, seungl@colorado.edu
2Professor, Construction Engineering & Management, University of Colorado-Boulder, diekmann@colorado.edu
3Assistant Professor, Construction Engineering and Management, University of Colorado- Boulder, asonger@colorado.edu
4Senior Instructor, Construction Engineering and Management, University of Colorado- Boulder, brownh@colorado.edu

Abstract

Implementation of lean production philosophy into the construction environment represents tremendous opportunity and challenge. One aspect challenging lean construction advocates is the systematic identification and quantification of waste, development of lean operations, and improvement verification. Through case studies, this paper discusses the use of the Construction Process Analysis (CPA) technique as an appropriate tool for lean management in construction. Results indicate that for highly repetitive processes such as steel erection, CPA is effective at identifying and quantifying waste.

Keywords

Lean construction, construction process analysis, structural steel construction process.

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Lee, S. , Diekmann, J.E. , Songer, A.D. & Brown, H. 1999, 'Identifying Waste: Applications of Construction Process Analysis' In:, 7th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Berkeley, USA, 26-28 Jul 1999. pp 63-72

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