Leveraging Lean Production Philosophy for Rationalising a Non-Linear Representation of Construction Specifications

Utiome, Erezi & Drogemuller, Robin (2015) Leveraging Lean Production Philosophy for Rationalising a Non-Linear Representation of Construction Specifications. In Ejdys, Joanna, Chua, David, & Smallwood,, John (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference On Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM2015), Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 166-173.

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Abstract

This paper presents an approach, based on Lean production philosophy, for rationalising the processes involved in the production of specification documents for construction projects. Current construction literature erroneously depicts the process for the creation of construction specifications as a linear one. This traditional understanding of the specification process often culminates in process-wastes. On the contrary, the evidence suggests that though generalised, the activities involved in producing specification documents are nonlinear.

Drawing on the outcome of participant observation, this paper presents an optimised approach for representing construction specifications. Consequently, the actors typically involved in producing specification documents are identified, the processes suitable for automation are highlighted and the central role of tacit knowledge is integrated into a conceptual template of construction specifications. By applying the transformation, flow, value (TFV) theory of Lean production the paper argues that value creation can be realised by eliminating the wastes associated with the traditional preparation of specification documents with a view to integrating specifications in digital models such as Building Information Models (BIM). Therefore, the paper presents an approach for rationalising the TFV theory as a method for optimising current approaches for generating construction specifications based on a revised specification writing model.

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ID Code: 90811
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: construction projects, construction specifications, lean philosophy, tfv theory
ISBN: 9781922216762
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: © Association of Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM-Association).
Copyright Statement: © Association of Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM-Association)has the copyright for the papers.
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2015 23:33
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 05:32

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