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

Power, William and Sinnott, Derek and Lynch, Patrick (2021) Evaluating the efficacy of a dedicated last planner® system facilitator to enhance construction productivity. Construction Economics and Building, 21 (3). pp. 142-158. ISSN 2204-9029

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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.

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Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2021, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. All rights reserved.
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 23:11
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2023 22:25
URI: http://repository-testing.wit.ie/id/eprint/4556

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