Title: Quantifying lean construction effects: a discrete system simulation approach

Authors: Salah R. Agha, Mamoun Al qedra, Ramadan Al Kurd, Reem Mohanna

Addresses: School of Industrial Engineering, Islamic University, Gaza, Gaza Strip. ' School of Civil Engineering, Islamic University, Gaza, Gaza Strip. ' School of Civil Engineering, Islamic University, Gaza, Gaza Strip. ' School of Industrial Engineering, Islamic University, Gaza, Gaza Strip

Abstract: This research deals with quantifying the effects of implementing lean construction using discrete system simulation. A medium sized project for which the daily reports were detailed and available is studied. The project was classified into activities and processes and these processes were identified as value added and non-value added. To obtain the productivity data of these processes, standards were reviewed and experts were interviewed. A simulation model using Arena was developed and verified for the project. Finally, lean construction criteria were applied using the same simulation model. The results show that using lean construction increased value added time by 14% and decreases the total cycle time of the project by more than 400 hours.

Keywords: discrete simulation; productivity; non-value added; value added; lean construction; quantification; implementation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRAPIDM.2010.034251

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 2010 Vol.1 No.3, pp.292 - 307

Published online: 30 Jul 2010 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article