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Buildings 2018, 8(3), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8030038

A Lean Approach for Real-Time Planning and Monitoring in Engineer-to-Order Construction Projects

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Universitätsplatz 5, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Via Bonanno Pisano 25/B, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 16 February 2018 / Accepted: 7 March 2018 / Published: 9 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lean Construction)
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Engineer-to-order (ETO) construction companies are characterized by an off-site and on-site production. Often, budget deviations for installation works on-site are identified in a late stage when improvement actions cannot be applied anymore. Consequently, installation tasks are often affected by significant delays and/or reworks. This work proposes a “real-time” capable approach for planning and monitoring in construction and a corresponding information technology (IT) framework. The core is represented by the so-called “pitching” concept known from lean management, which breaks down large job orders into smaller controllable parts. It can be considered as the main enabler for gathering management information in real-time and to identify problems and their causes on time. The most noticeable consequence lies in smaller jobs and a software-aided punctual control that allows a better rescheduling capability and, thus reduced, delays. A case study is provided, showing how the model was applied and validated in an ETO façade supplier company. View Full-Text
Keywords: lean construction; process management; real-time progress measurement; information management; digitization; small and medium sized enterprises lean construction; process management; real-time progress measurement; information management; digitization; small and medium sized enterprises
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Dallasega, P.; Rauch, E.; Frosolini, M. A Lean Approach for Real-Time Planning and Monitoring in Engineer-to-Order Construction Projects. Buildings 2018, 8, 38.

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