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Buildings 2015, 5(1), 209-228; doi:10.3390/buildings5010209

A Production Model for Construction: A Theoretical Framework

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Received: 3 December 2014 / Revised: 13 February 2015 / Accepted: 15 February 2015 / Published: 3 March 2015
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Abstract

The building construction industry faces challenges, such as increasing project complexity and scope requirements, but shorter deadlines. Additionally, economic uncertainty and rising business competition with a subsequent decrease in profit margins for the industry demands the development of new approaches to construction management. However, the building construction sector relies on practices based on intuition and experience, overlooking the dynamics of its production system. Furthermore, researchers maintain that the construction industry has no history of the application of mathematical approaches to model and manage production. Much work has been carried out on how manufacturing practices apply to construction projects, mostly lean principles. Nevertheless, there has been little research to understand the fundamental mechanisms of production in construction. This study develops an in-depth literature review to examine the existing knowledge about production models and their characteristics in order to establish a foundation for dynamic production systems management in construction. As a result, a theoretical framework is proposed, which will be instrumental in the future development of mathematical production models aimed at predicting the performance and behaviour of dynamic project-based systems in construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: production model; system model; lean construction; process control; building construction; uncertainty; risk management; variability production model; system model; lean construction; process control; building construction; uncertainty; risk management; variability
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Antunes, R.; Gonzalez, V. A Production Model for Construction: A Theoretical Framework. Buildings 2015, 5, 209-228.

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