Lean Is Not a Band-Aid For Flawed Construction Processes
By Kelcey Henderson, ENR
The software industry at the turn of the century needed a new direction. After years of preparing for Y2K, and then the dot-com crash, it was time for change. Industry leaders came together and created their call to action, the Agile Software Manifesto. This helped to ring in the most creative and productive...
Lean Construction for Trades Toolbox Talk Series
Click to read Lean Construction for Trades Toolbox Talk Series. The Trades Toolbox Talk Series Goals are:Recognize opportunities to review and improve current processes, Describe how to empower each other to identify and eliminate waste, work, safely, and reduce overproduction and Adopt a Lean culture....
Why Lean? Why Now?
By Sam Spata, Lean Construction Blog
Lean project delivery has entered the mainstream of construction, yet Lean adoption lags among design professionals. Architects and engineers who transformed the industry by first pioneering sustainable design and later the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) remain spectators while trade...
Lean Techniques Could Boost Construction Firm Profitability
Written by Ciuni & Panichi, Inc.
The focus of lean construction is simple: Understand the real value your business delivers to its customers and remove any waste that prevents that value from being delivered. Sounds sensible, but adapting to the changes may not be simple.
Lean manufacturing generally results in faster...
Drilling Deeper into Lean With Target-Value Design, Delivery
By Kim Slowey, Construction Dive
While it’s probably safe to say that most construction managers have either been involved with a project that used lean construction or at least have heard of lean principles, championed by the Lean Construction Institute, the same can’t be said for target-value design (TV-Design) and...
How Predictive Data Is Revolutionizing Preconstruction Planning
By Sherman Wong Sr., Engineering News-Record
Preconstruction planning has been, and continues to be, one of the most challenging aspects of the building lifecycle. Thanks to modern data science and predictive analytics, those involved in the construction planning phases are now able to supplement historical data with reliable projections...
How Builders can Navigate Sudden Price Shifts
Credit for this article goes to Mary Salmonsen, Builders.
Out of all the factors that affect the sales price of a new home, materials price changes had the biggest impact in 2018, according to Tony Callahan, president and CEO of Kennesaw, Ga.–based Callahan Consulting Group.
“It would be easier to list the products...
NABTU: Union, Wage Protections Must Underlie $1T Infrastructure Plan
Article written by Kathleen Brown, Construction Dive.
Union leaders and some of their congressional advocates are convening at North America’s Building Trades Unions’ 2019 Legislative Conference this week, and the need for infrastructure investment has been the resounding theme.
NABTU President Sean McGarvey kicked...
Growth Through Lean Transformation
By Michael Mclin, Managing Director, Maxim Consulting Group, An Agc Of Colorado Building Chapter Member, Constructor Magazine.
Within the construction industry, contractors struggle with challenges – schedule compression, pricing pressure and manpower shortages. The answer lies in defining a new business model that addresses...
Electric Dreams: Will Heavy Construction Equipment Go All-Electric?
By Kendall Jones, ConstructionConnect
For years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been enacting stricter emissions standards for nonroad diesel engines like those used in construction. Future regulations could require zero emissions on heavy construction equipment which would pave the way for manufacturers to drop...