A Case Study of Last Planner System Implementation in Nigeria

Ograbe Ahiakwo1, David Oloke2, Subashini Suresh3 & Jamal Khatib4

1BTech, MSc, PhD Student in Built Environment, School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Str. Wolverhampton WV1 1LY United Kingdom,+44(0)1902321271, ograbe.ahiakwo@wlv.ac.uk
2BEng, MSc, PhD, Snr. Consultant-Built Environment, School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Str. Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, United Kingdom +44(0)1902322273, d.a.oloke@wlv.ac.uk
3BEng, MEng, PhD, Principal Lecturer, School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Str. Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, United Kingdom +44(0)1902321710, s.subashini@wlv.ac.uk
4BEng, MEng, PhD, Professor in Civil Engineering Material, Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, School of Technology, Wulfruna Street, WV1 1LY, United Kingdom, +44(0)1902518588, j.m.khatib@wlv.ac.uk

Abstract

The work described in this paper presents preliminary results of an ongoing Research project. It focuses on the implementation of Lean Construction (LC) technique to improve construction management practice in Nigeria. To achieve this, design science research strategy was undertaken with different data collection methods. These methods included direct observations, interviews, questionnaires and documentary analysis. The research was carried out in a University construction site, where four prototype hostel buildings were being constructed simultaneously by four different contractors. LC technique via the Last Planner SystemsTM (LPS) was adopted by one of the contractors in the construction of one of the hostel building. The results reveal that the LC project made significant improvements in terms of; the timely completion of the project, 30% cost savings as against the others and an average Percentage Plan Completed (PPC) of 80%. These improvements were facilitated by the way the site was planned, managed and controlled using LPS. Last Planner System (LPS) is the most developed LC tool used in improving work plans and control of projects. The paper concludes by discussing possible barriers hindering the full potential of LPS. These barriers include; lack of commitment to change and innovation, and starting off the implementation half way into start of the project. The critical success factors are also discussed and further research is being proposed.

Keywords

Design Science, Last Planner System (LPS), Lean Construction (LC), management, planning

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Ahiakwo, O. , Oloke, D. , Suresh, S. & Khatib, J. 2013, 'A Case Study of Last Planner System Implementation in Nigeria' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Fortaleza, Brazil, 31-2 Aug 2013. pp 699-707

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