https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0110

The Role of Common Data Environments as Enabler for Reliabe Digital Lean Construction Management

Christoph Paul Schimanski1, Gabriele Pasetti Monizza2 & Dominik T. Matt3

1PhD Cand., Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-0747-7173. Research Associate, Fraunhofer Italia Research, Bolzano, Italy. BIM Manager, HOCHTIEF ViCon GmbH, Essen, Germany
2Research Associate, Fraunhofer Italia Research, Bolzano, Italy, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-2197-6267
3Head of Fraunhofer Italia, Fraunhofer Italia Research, Bolzano, Italy, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-2365-7529. Full Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy

Abstract

Collaboration has always been a core element of Lean Construction. However, the current pandemic is changing the way collaborative environments can be created. Moving away from face-to-face discussions, concepts are needed that allow people to collaborate without meeting in person. Lean Construction methods implemented with digital technologies are a possible way to achieve this. Digital technologies in the built environment sector rely often on the Building Information Modelling (BIM) process. When information is managed and exchanged in a BIM process, Common Data Environments (CDE) as central information hubs come into play. How Lean concepts can make use of a standardized CDE workflow to access reliable information needed, e.g. for construction process planning, is yet to be addressed by the scientific community. This paper outlines a concept for using CDE workflows together with a digital variant of the Last Planner® System that has been devised from a Design Science Research initiative. We hypothesize that this concept allows for achieving similar positive collaboration effects in remote planning sessions as in physical ones. First findings from a mock-up implementation of this concept in a Focus Group environment are presented and discussed in this paper.

Keywords

Common data environment, BIM, Last Planner® System, lean construction, information management.

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Schimanski, C. P. , Monizza, G. P. & Matt, D. T. 2021, 'The Role of Common Data Environments as Enabler for Reliabe Digital Lean Construction Management' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 97-106

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