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We do not win on the project - we win in pre-construction. The greatest generals in history would win the war before going to battle. This was one of the major concepts presented in the book, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. It can be helpful to look at construction like war at times.
“Design is an iterative process." That's the phrase I most often hear when architects and engineers respond to how long some design deliverable will take to complete. When pushed, you may get a response, but it won't be accurate.
Between January 2012 and early 2014, more than 500 Indian migrant workers and 382 Nepalese died in Qatar performing construction work connected to the 2022 World Cup.
The process of design is complex. Hundreds of people, many with competing interests, come together to provide input needed to create a facility. And when it comes to designing a medical facility, the stakes can be high.
Why do Clients expectations fall short of design services providers fees and prescribed timeframes? That is, they feel they are not getting the value for services that they contracted for. Clients ask when will I be able to benefit from the work I asked for? How much will it cost me to get there?
Set-based Design (SBD) is a design methodology that has many applications in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. It was discovered when researcher studied the engineering and design process at Toyota . Known as the “second Toyota paradox”.
I wanted to start this blog post with the most important message I have for all those who read this – you don’t need to have an IPD project in order to successfully use lean tools during design and preconstruction!
Back in Spring 2004, Sutter Health held a conference for the design and construction companies that they had worked with to build their facilities. Lean Project Consulting facilitated the event and presented a manifesto to guide Sutter’s future capital program.
The design and construction process is usually complex, uncertain, and requires the input and decisions from many stakeholders in multiple organizations to produce the final asset that is “ready for operation”.
The application of Lean in the design and engineering of capital projects lags behind Lean applications maturing in both construction fabrication and site assembly processes. There is still much that we can learn from the world consumer product development.