https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0184

Can Last Planner® System Help to Overcome the Negative Effects of Design-Bid-Build?

Sergei Kortenko1, Lauri Koskela2, Patricia Tzortzopoulos3 & Shervin Haghsheno4

1Researcher, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Drees & Sommer, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, +491727698610, [email protected], [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-0968-2100
2Professor of Construction/Project Management, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK, +441484472892, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-4449-2281
3Professor of Construction/Project Management, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK, +441484472892, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-4449-2281
4Professor, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Gotthard-Franz-Str. 3, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, +4972160842646, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-0602-6370

Abstract

The design-bid-build (DBB) procurement method has negative effects on construction projects. To find out whether those effects found in the literature appear in the field and to find ways to overcome them, nine interviews with practitioners from the architecture, engineering and construction industry have been conducted. It was found that building a lean culture in the DBB projects and/or setting up a management system that acknowledges lean ideals can help to overcome the negative effects of DBB. Using compatibility assessments of teams and “add-ons” to the standard contracts such as FAC-1 (Framework Alliance Contract) or Construction Manager at Risk were also mentioned as ways to overcome the problems existing in DBB environment. It was found from the interviews that Last Planner System supports tackling the existing problems of DBB in number of ways. It enables building lean culture in the DBB projects through improving communication, visualization, transparency and collaboration, building trust, enhancing mood and relationships, as well as overcoming claim culture. It does help to minimize the negative effects of the DBB procurement method on construction projects.

Keywords

Last Planner® System, design-bid-build, cost-led procurement, collaboration, action research.

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Reference

Kortenko, S. , Koskela, L. , Tzortzopoulos, P. & Haghsheno, S. 2021, 'Can Last Planner® System Help to Overcome the Negative Effects of Design-Bid-Build?' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 787-796

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