https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0161

LPS Implementation Using Physical and Digital Visual Management-Based Tools: A Case Study in Luxembourg

Duan Hua1 & Thomas Schwartz2

1R&D Engineer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-8793-285X
2Senior R&D Engineer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-1775-0524

Abstract

The Work described in this paper presents the results of a lean construction research project. The objective was to evaluate the impact of Visual Management-based tools to improve Last Planner® System implementation in Luxembourg. To drive this project, a Design Science Research methodology has been used on two construction sites. The first step of the research focuses on the use of physical supports to design visual management-based tools to implement LPS conversations. The results show a very positive impact as it tackles LPS implementation challenges (collaboration between trades, skills acquisition, change management) but also show that the workload to manage LPS conversation is a serious problem. The second step of the research tackles this workload issue by digitizing the Visual Management-based tools designed in the first iteration. The results show a huge improvement for users allowing more efficient meetings, better access to data, improved use of LPS outputs to communicate between the client and the project management team and even more flexibility to respect COVID 19 sanitary rules. The paper concludes with the limit of the digital solution which was used in this project. As it is not specially dedicated to LPS it lacks the possibility to calculate and simulate planning and production data.

Keywords

Last Planner® System, digital, visual management, obeya

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Hua, D. & Schwartz, T. 2021, 'LPS Implementation Using Physical and Digital Visual Management-Based Tools: A Case Study in Luxembourg' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 65-74

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