Project Pull Planning Based on Location: From Construction to Design

Clarissa Biotto1, Mike Kagioglou2, Lauri Koskela3, Patricia Tzortzopoulos4 & Sheyla Serra5

1 Professor, Architecture and Urbanism and Design Department, Federal University of CearĂ¡ (UFC), Brazil, [email protected], 0000-0002-2433-6735
2Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia, [email protected], 0000-0003-3521-1484
3Professor, University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], 0000-0003-4449-2281
4Professor, University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], 0000-0002-8740-6753
5Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, [email protected], 0000-0002-9508-976X


Construction project management is known for being fragmented and disconnected between the stages of design, supply and construction. Lean construction has a variety of well known production planning and control methods that may be used to integrate and improve the information flow between these stages. These methods and techniques include location-based tools and the Last Planner System (LPS). However, the combined use of location-based tools with the LPS to allow an entire project, including the design, supply and construction, to be pull planned, has not been described in the literature. This paper presents results of one study in which location-based planning tools were deployed to pull the project planning from construction to design. The study is part of a doctoral thesis which used the design science research as a mode to produce new knowledge. The main contribution of the paper is the model to develop a location-based project management including the use of the LPS in construction, supply and design. The model enables project managers to have a holistic view of the project plan, and structure it as a pull flow from construction to design, reducing work-in-progress and batch sizes between stages, and improving the information flow among project stakeholders.


Project management, pull planning, location-based schedule, design, construction.



Biotto, C. , Kagioglou, M. , Koskela, L. , Tzortzopoulos, P. & Serra, S. 2022. Project Pull Planning Based on Location: From Construction to Design, Proc. 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) , 599-610.

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