PRLog - Jul. 21, 2014 - LONDON -- Why Lean In Construction?
Lean In Construction
That’s the question that Ade Asefeso answers in his new book “Lean In Construction (Key to Improvements in Time, Cost and Quality)”
Ade said. “A Lean system, process, and organisation is one that is waste free. Lean is not about size or number of people employed. A reduction in employees may cut costs, and eliminate the waste of those employees, but does not decrease the proportion of waste to value adding within the organisation or process. Most waste is through products waiting to be worked on by succeeding activities.”
Ade also said that. “Construction is possibly the last frontier for lean. Although manufacturing’
Ade pointed out that “The Seven Waste in construction as:
Defects: Everyone in construction understands this type of waste. It includes doing the wrong installation, defects in fabrication, and errors in punch lists. Not meeting the required code is waste. Rework in construction is rarely measured.
Overproduction of goods: This happens when we fabricate material too early or stockpile material in the warehouse or at the job site. Estimating and bidding jobs that are not won is a form of this waste. Printing more blueprints or making more copies of a report than needed is overproduction.
Waiting: Construction is full of this waste, including when a crew waits for instructions or materials at the job site, when a fabrication machine waits for material to be loaded, and even when payroll waits for the always-late timesheets.
Motion: This “treasure hunts” happen when material is stored away from the job or when workers look for tools, material, or information. This waste also occurs in the office or job site trailer, when looking for files, reports, reference books, drawings, contracts, or vendor catalogues.
Inventory: This includes uncut materials, work in process, and finished fabrications. Some contractors claim that they have no inventory because they job-cost all material. While this may work for accounting, if the material is not yet installed and isn’t being used by the customer, it’s waste. This waste includes spare parts, unused tools, consumables, forms and copies, employee stashes, and personal stockpiles. One could argue that the unfinished facility is inventory and is waste until operational.”
Ade mentioned the fact that “Waste is everywhere in construction and has been for hundreds of years. This is not a statement of blame, just fact. It is so much a way of life that most construction managers don’t even see it. They accept waste as inevitable and unpreventable and add it into the cost of the job. Thus, the customer pays for it; However, some construction companies don’t accept waste as a necessary part of doing business. They attack it through the application of lean.”
Ade concluded by saying “Lean has been used in many industries for years and is just beginning to show success in construction. Because almost everyone and everything is affected by the cost of construction projects, becoming lean should be of great benefit to the construction industry and its customers.”
Ade spent a lot of his time representing various companies either at supply chain level, operational level, sales and marketing level, and senior executive level across Asia, North America, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe.
Ade is currently the CEO of AA Global Sourcing Ltd. A company that helps local businesses outsource so that they can enjoy the benefits that used to be enjoyed by big corporations for years.
All this still doesn’t make mention of Ade’s increasingly successful career as an author, of numerous books on Finance, Business Ideas, Personal Development, Self help, Outsourcing, Lean Manufacturing, Agile and Lean Office, Lean Office, Six Sigma, Lean Startup, Lean Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Real estate and Online Marketing.
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