The role of visual management in collaborative integrated planning and control for engineer-to-order building systems

Daniela Viana, Carlos Torres Formoso, Josana Wesz, Patrícia Tzortzopoulos

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Abstract

Visual Management is a key approach in the implementation of Lean Production. It emphasizes the importance of developing easy-to-understand visual devices for sharing knowledge within an organization. Such visual devices can play an important role in mitigating the complexity of engineer-to-order production systems. A major difficulty in managing engineer-to-order prefabricated building systems is the need to integrate planning and control of different processes, such as design, fabrication and assembly on site, in a multiple project environment. This paper reports preliminary findings on the implementation of visual devices for collaborative and integrated planning and control in a Steel Fabricator, which designs, fabricates and assembles steel structures. The aim of this paper is to understand how visual management tools can contribute to improve the effectiveness of planning and control in this environment. A set of visual devices have been used in the planning and control system in this company, including a panel that makes available information about 200 simultaneous contracts in an easy-to-understand way. The implementation of those tools has enhanced the participation of different people in the planning process from operational levels or from the different production units.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014
PublisherThe International Group for Lean Construction
Pages775-786
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 25 Jun 201427 Jun 2014
Conference number: 22

Conference

Conference22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC 2014
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period25/06/1427/06/14

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    Viana, D., Formoso, C. T., Wesz, J., & Tzortzopoulos, P. (2014). The role of visual management in collaborative integrated planning and control for engineer-to-order building systems. In 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014 (pp. 775-786). The International Group for Lean Construction.