Last Planner System Innovation Efforts on Requirements for Digital Management System

Rein Terje Thorstensen1, Bo Terje Kalsaas2, John Skaar3 & Sigmund Jensen4

1Senior Lecturer, Dept for Engineering Science, University of Agder, Jon Lilletunsvei 9, 4879 Grimstad, NORWAY, Phone +47 37 23 30 00, rein.t.thorstensen@uia.no
2Professor, Dept for Working life and Innovation, University of Agder, Jon Lilletunsvei 9, 4879 Grimstad, NORWAY, Phone +47 37 23 30 00, bo.t.kalsaas@uia.no
3Lean Construction Manager at Skanska Norway, Skanska, Rigedalen 15,4626 Kristiansand, NORWAY, Phone +47 45 86 91 78, john.skaar@skanska.no
4Supply chain manager at Skanska Norway, Skanska, Rigedalen 15,4626 Kristiansand, NORWAY, Phone + 47 98 21 02 76, sigmund.jensen@skanska.no

Abstract

The plans and on-going efforts of a major Scandinavian construction company to digitalise their LPS-inspired planning processes have provided the focus in this paper. A management system designed to reduce uncertainty by ensuring that soundness criterions are met, is proposed and discussed. The proposal involves predefining “process trains” and introducing tollgates and a traffic light system to visualize the soundness status. Our conclusion is that such a system is possible and desirable provided that the user threshold is low and that the system is low-maintenance. The latter is achieved by as far as possible making it an automatic part of other, already existing processes. If successful, the system could also provide additional support for decision-making in relation to principals and engineering issues.

Keywords

Last planner system (LPS), digitalising, tollgates for sound activities, visualising

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Thorstensen, R.T. , Kalsaas, B.T. , Skaar, J. & Jensen, S. 2013, 'Last Planner System Innovation Efforts on Requirements for Digital Management System' In:, Formoso, C.T. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Fortaleza, Brazil, 31-2 Aug 2013. pp 669-678

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