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Prior research has investigated the sources of waste in order to gain better understanding of waste in production systems and to promote the use of lean methods .
The construction industry is seen, by researchers, as a slowly progressing industry that is suffering from low productivity and poor performance compared to other industries.
In this article, I will explain the different types of waste in the construction industry by giving examples of my own experience, discuss how lean principles can enable their systematic elimination, and give recent examples of lean principles currently in play.
Have you been on a project where workers are standing around with nothing to do or areas on your project ready to go with nobody around and all you hear are crickets chirping? This is caused by variation in production which simply means you have inconsistent processes.
Brazil’s public and private infrastructure sector is investing in processes improvement and kaizen implementation. Included in this investment is a study of the of ratio of value added vs. non-value added activities on site.
In many ways, lean construction is about ensuring the right people receive the right information at the right time. Cloud and mobile technologies can greatly facilitate these goals. By storing information in the cloud, a construction team gains a single source that connects all the project data.