Application of PULL and CONWIP in Construction Production Systems

Roberto Arbulu1

1Implementation Leader, Strategic Project Solutions Inc., 1040 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111, USA, Phone: 1-415-362-3200, email: [email protected]


One of the main characteristics of construction is that work flows through temporary production systems from the start to the end of a project. The way the production system is designed has a major influence in the outcome of the project. This paper presents a case study on rebar that illustrates how the application of PULL and CONWIP techniques can drastically improve value delivered. Benefits include reduction in physical inventories, an increase on transparency across the production system, reduction in variability levels for both demand and supply, lead time reduction, and better collaboration amongst stakeholders.


CONWIP, demand, lean, production control, PULL, production system, reliability, supply, WIP.



Arbulu, R. 2006. Application of PULL and CONWIP in Construction Production Systems, 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , 215-226.

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