Over the last decades, Lean methodologies (also called Agile) sparked an operational revolution for Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Airlines and other billion-dollar industries. The approach has extensively reduced the waste of precious time & material resources and produced massive process improvements. The results for these industries are much greater efficiency, output value and profitability!
So, how are Lean principles applied to projects in the construction industry, and what are their benefits? Felipe Engineer-Manriquez, an award-winning Lean master practitioner who has trained countless construction teams globally illuminates us: “Lean Construction is radically focused on identifying where resources are lost and where processes can be upgraded. This constant flow of small and big incremental improvements leads to surpassing the competition by working first easier, then better, next, faster, and much safer.”
In a discussion, a Senior Project Manager in New York noted: “One of the most impactful ways to apply Lean Construction is on the jobsite because that’s where money is lost quickly if you’re not careful. A Lean Jobsite avoids wasted trade time, excess resources, and protects my margin and delivery schedule.”
SkillSignal’s management software and mobile apps can unlock the Lean Jobsite for you now. Working directly with Lean Construction experts, SkillSignal’s innovations obsessively roots out time & resource waste, upgrades jobsite processes and protects clients’ profit margins:
1. Automated compliance, auditing and inspection processes
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3. 100% paperless site
4. Simplified daily field processes to save a significant portion of field staff’s time
5. Visual and intuitive task management on collaborative Kanban boards
THE LEAN JOBSITE
Introducing Lean or Agile principles on construction jobsites allows for an all-around improved work environment. The practices are also very useful as they help to break projects down into smaller tasks, which has several benefits.
There have been numerous studies that correlate high incident rates with the design of the project. Between 1990 and 2003, 42% of injuries in the U.S. construction industry were related to decisions made during the design process.
Implementing Lean design practices can prevent safety hazards, improve construction safety and assist with risk management. By reducing waste and labor-intensive operations, Lean Construction is more efficient. This reduces the amount of time that workers will spend on a potentially dangerous jobsite - thus reducing risk and improving worker safety.
Lean Construction also enhances the organizational processes meaning that construction companies can better monitor and manage their construction sites. As such, they can mitigate accidents onsite and reduce any confusion or misunderstandings.