Short Takt Time in Construction – a Practical Study

Marco Binninger1, Janosch Dlouhy2, Mathias Müller3, Marco Schattmann4 & Shervin Haghsheno5

1Research Fellow, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, [email protected]
2Research Fellow, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, [email protected]
3Site Manager, weisenburger bau gmbh, Germany, [email protected]
4Department Leader, Heinrich Schmid GmbH&Co. KG, Germany, [email protected]
5Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, [email protected]


Takt Planning and Takt Control (TPTC), as a method of Lean Construction, has been developed over years and has increasing applications in construction practice over the last years. The collective understanding is that this method can only be implemented when there is a high level of repetition in the structure of a building project and in fact it is frequently used in such kind of projects. A case study shows how this method was implemented on a construction site with no obvious repetition in the structure. Takt Time was reduced to a level of one hour and the single room construction site was split into small areas. A high collaborative approach of the TPTC was used. The completion time was reduced from over ten days to three days. This paper documents the steps of the implementation, the integration of the team and subcontractors and also compares the typical approach before the optimization with the results after the Takt Time integration.


Takt Time Reduction, Takt Planning, Takt Control



Binninger, M. , Dlouhy, J. , Müller, M. , Schattmann, M. & Haghsheno, S. 2018, 'Short Takt Time in Construction – a Practical Study' In:, 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Chennai, India, 18-20 Jul 2018. pp 1133-1143

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