Lean Practices Transforming Construction Industry

Inefficiency in the construction industry is not new. Much has been written in recent times about the industry’s lack of productivity, disconnected information systems, labor and material waste as well as the abundant amount of landfill debris generated by construction projects. The devastating impact of the great recession as well as the availability of new technologies and processes makes business as usual unacceptable. Lean construction provides a new approach that allows companies to thrive in any economic conditions.

Fortunately, the industry is undergoing a significant transformation that is changing the way work is performed and managed. Owners are demanding higher performance buildings delivered with greater economy. This requires that all players in the industry be more competitive by applying lean construction to deliver projects on time, on budget while improving work site safety and efficiency. ASSA ABLOY offers unique programs to meet the needs of this market.

Our strategy supports the four key elements of lean construction: Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), virtual design, off-site construction and Lean practices, with the tightest focus placed on3D virtual design and offsite construction. Following is a brief explanation of each element.

  1. IPD—A collaborative approach to project delivery that drives alignment between owners, architects and general contractors through innovative business rules, risk sharing and financial incentives  based on the outcome of the total project. 
  2. 3D Virtual Design—Building Information Modeling (BIM). Virtual design provides computer based descriptions of a construction project and reduces the risk that building components will not work as planned and require expensive last minute redesigns. If the design works in BIM, then the construction team is confident it will work on the actual project. This increases certainty, improves efficiency and slashes waste. ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio is the most robust BIM tool vailble in the door and hardware industry.
  3. Off-site Construction—Components of a project such as door openings are prefabricated off-site in a controlled environment before they are shipped to the construction site. This improves product quality, facilitates just-in-time delivery and reduces landfill debris by eliminating waste from component packaging.
  4. Lean—General contractors use lean tools and practices to facilitate planning and drive commitments to schedule. A wide range of benefits include higher quality construction, greater customer satisfaction, increased productivity and improved safety.