Developing a Flow-Based Planning and Control Approach for Linear Infrastructure Projects

Carlos T. Formoso1, Patrícia Flores2, Karina B. Barth3, Martin Suarez4, Ivo Magalhães5, Verónica Ksiazenicki6 & Álvaro Acquarone7

1 Professor, Building Innovation Research Unit (NORIE), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, [email protected],
2Assistant Professor, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay, [email protected]
3Managing Director, LD Consulting, Brazil, [email protected], 6246
4Site Superintendent, Stiler Engineering, [email protected]
5Project Manager, Stiler Engineering, [email protected]
6Innovation and Continuous Improvement Manager, Stiler Engineering, [email protected]
7Site Superintendent, Stiler Engineering, [email protected]


The Last Planner System (LPS) and Location Based Planning and Control (LBPC) have been successfully used in many projects, either separately or together. Despite previous studies that have discussed the role of each of them, the complementarity between LPS and LBPC still needs to be further explained by using core Lean Production concepts. Moreover, most implementations reported in the literature of those two planning models have been concerned with building projects. Only a few cases are related to infrastructure projects, which have different types of complexity in relation to conventional building projects. This paper reports the initial results of the development of a planning and control model for linear infrastructure projects. This investigation was based on a case study carried out in a construction company from Uruguay. The development of the model considers some specific complexity features of linear infrastructure projects, such as high uncertainty, and independent linear processes spread around large urban or rural areas. The main insights provided by this study are concerned with devising a flow-based planning and control tool for look-ahead planning, the definition of criteria for devising location-based systems, the emphasis of work-inprogress control, and the use of visual management.


Flow, production planning and control, linear projects, Last Planner, Location-based management, visual management.



Formoso, C. T. , Flores, P. , Barth, K. B. , Suarez, M. , Magalhães, I. , Ksiazenicki, V. & Acquarone, Á. 2022. Developing a Flow-Based Planning and Control Approach for Linear Infrastructure Projects, Proc. 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) , 1186-1197.

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