Evaluating the efficacy of a dedicated last planner® system facilitator to enhance construction productivity

William Power, Derek Sinnott, Patrick Lynch

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Abstract

Construction unknowingly plans for poor levels of productivity with substantial waste, inefficiency, and rework stemming from a proliferation of non-value adding activities embedded within traditional delivery processes. This approach negatively influences construction’s economic and environmental sustainability. Last Planner® System (LPS) is a key tool of Lean Construction (LC) and is lauded as a value-add process that prioritises flow efficiency by addressing workflow variability and waste elimination on construction projects. This research evaluates how the presence of a dedicated knowledgeable and competent LPS Facilitator, enabling a complete LPS implementation, contributes to improved construction flow, efficiency, and productivity. The study adopted a mixed-methods approach utilising case study design and data collected from a literature review, site observation diary, site documentation analysis, and semi-structured interviews. Limitations exist around small survey size, lack of generalisability, and potential bias of researchers. Findings posit considerable productivity increase; more reliable, predictable, and stable workflow; enhanced team collaboration; as well as accrual of safety, quality, cost, and schedule benefits. Embedding a knowledgeable and competent LPS Facilitator appears to assist successful implementation of LPS with sectoral and societal value-add opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-158
Number of pages17
JournalConstruction Economics and Building
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Facilitator
  • Last Planner System
  • Lean Construction
  • Mindset

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