As head of global marketing for the AEC Industry at Dassault Systèmes, Mr. Moriwaki launches and promotes groundbreaking Industry Solution Experiences including "Optimized Construction," "Façade Design for Fabrication," and "Civil Design for Fabrication." He is a member of buildingSMART.
7 Reasons for Lean: A summary of the benefits and challenges of Lean construction as reported by McGraw Hill
February 6th, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
McGraw Hill Construction (MHC) recently published Lean Construction: Leveraging Collaboration and Advanced Practices to Increase Project Efficiency (download the full report here) to explore the benefits, obstacles and technologies related to the practice of Lean.
As part of a series of BIM research reports, MHC has proven that a collaborative approach improves productivity and profitability, and that Lean (including the use of BIM and prefabrication) makes firms more competitive and yields strong business benefits.
According to the report – and Dassault’s own observations of global trends – it’s time for the US construction industry to become better informed about the inefficiencies in current construction processes. We should also be focusing more on the opportunities to improve projects and keep clients satisfied by a Lean approach.
The most compelling benefit of Lean, experts agree, is an ability to succeed in a competitive market. Lean is designed to improve reliability of outcomes, increase profit margins, improve quality of construction, create greater customer satisfaction, reduce costs and reduce schedules.
All these factors combine to allow Lean practitioners to stand apart from AEC professionals who don’t recognize the inherent inefficiencies in the traditional design and construction processes.
Yet there are still many US firms that are not familiar with the term Lean construction. We hope that an increase in information and conversations about Lean will help change this fact.
Even current Lean practitioners would benefit from wider industry awareness and adoption, due to the interconnected nature of construction work.
The biggest challenges to Lean adoption uncovered in the MHC research were “lack of knowledge” (reported by 47% of practitioners) and “lack of industry understanding of Lean” (reported by 39% of non-practitioners).
Lean experts also cite employee resistance as a key challenge, although most acknowledge that employees grow very enthusiastic and engaged after they experience the benefits. These findings reinforce the need for greater education in the industry.
So please, share this list with your network:
The Biggest Benefits of Lean Construction, According to Lean Practitioners
Source: McGraw Hill Construction, 2013