Lean construction aims to optimise construction supply chain processes to the highest level of efficiency utilising the minimum amount of resources. By implementing a strategic approach which values customer service above all else, a company can remain competitive, enhance productivity and maintain an effective use of resources. Wherever the company fits into the supply chain, from design through raw materials and to site operations, an outstanding system which has consistent access to real-time information, strong supply chain processes, and efficient stock management will assist your company in achieving a competitive advantage.
Team BDS understands that lean construction practice is best achieved by identifying and eliminating waste which can be achieved through working smarter, not harder. We approach each business on a case-by-case business as no two companies will be at the same stage of development, nor will they have the same requirements based on where they fit in the chain. We look at your strategies and performance across a number of areas including the following:
Production : We identify whether too much or too little inventory is being produced, or whether it is being produced too fast or too slow.
People Power : We look at the labour force involved in the operations process, identifying where skills are not being utilised and if feedback and training is not being taken on board.
Transport : We identify where items such as stock and materials are being moved unnecessarily between locations.
Time : We assess the time required to complete processes, delays caused by waiting for parts or people, work stoppages caused by malfunctioning machinery.
Having assessed these areas, we utilise the Five Principles of Lean Management and their application, combined with Six-Sigma methodology. Team BDS provides training and implementation support, selecting the most relevant improvement methodologies for each particular challenge faced by your construction organisation.
1. Specify Value– Understanding what value the customer places upon the product or service.
2. Map the Value Stream– Looking at the life-cycle of the product or process from raw material right through to customer use and subsequent disposal in order to identify areas of waste.
3. Create Flow and Pull– Ensuring that all aspects of the process are moving efficiently and in harmony with one another.
4. Involve and Empower– Improving the efficiency of the process to the point where nothing is produced or sourced unless the customer needs it. The aim is to reduce the time it takes to produce and ultimately deliver to the customer. This is only achievable if all processes are working in ‘flow’ with one another.
5. Continuous Improvement– Constantly striving to eliminate wasteful processes in order to achieve the perfect customer solution and exceptional customer service.
Through the application of Lean Principles, we deliver Managed Programmes geared towards Operations Excellence which deal with issues and challenges immediately.
We would be delighted to discuss how we can help your business implement Lean excellence.
Contact us today to find out more.