Designing for Lean Construction

Silvio Burrattino Melhado1

1Civil Construction Engineering Department, Escola Politécnica, University of São Paulo, Av. Professor Almeida Prado, tv. 2, n. 271 CEP 05508-900 São Paulo, Brazil, Phone +55 011 818 51 64 Fax +55 011 818 55 44, E-mail:[email protected]


This paper proposes an initial draft of guidelines to fit design methods based on lean construction principles. It results into innovative design procedures that can illustrate the application of “lean thinking design” for production efficiency improvement in building construction companies. The main concepts related to lean construction are discussed under design and production points of view as well as the optimal managerial relations among building design procedures and production activities. An experience of using innovative design methods is described as a practical reference. The proposed design methodology results in changes to the traditional design team arrangement and also to the design development and co-ordination. The difficulties for the implementation of the proposal in building construction companies are briefly examined.


Lean construction, building design, building construction.



Melhado, S. B. 1998. Designing for Lean Construction, 6th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , -.

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