Lean construction is a collection of principles that emphasizes communication, collaboration, and waste reduction on construction projects. In the previous section, we covered a few of these principles. Now, we will cover the remaining principles of lean construction. For aid in lawfully implementing these principles and techniques on your project sites, consult a Florida contractor lawyer at Cotney Construction Law.
The Remaining Principles of Lean Construction
Construction firms and contractors are forced to constantly push the envelope to meet deadlines, come in under budget, and keep up with labor demands. If these obstacles are all too familiar to you, you stand to benefit from the following principles:
One of the main principles of lean construction is its focus on waste reduction. Waste can take many forms on a construction project, including overproduction, wasted time, underutilized workers, and excess processing. Never produce or order more inventory than you need. When possible, reduce the number of trips needed to transport workers, machinery, and materials, and never waste a skilled worker on a menial task.
Pull planning is when all parties involved in a construction project work together to schedule a project in reverse, from end date to start date. This technique is advantageous for a number of reasons, including highlighting potential problems, cutting wasted time, and allowing the project to be seen as a whole. Pull planning encourages everyone to plan together in order to achieve a common goal.
Anyone looking to adopt the principles of lean construction must strive to consistently improve the construction process. You can never reduce too much waste. Your workflow can never be too efficient. Success in this industry means not only succeeding on one project but also taking what you learn and applying that to all future projects.
As we reach the conclusion of this series, we’ll be discussing the many benefits that can be gained by adopting the principles of lean construction. Construction companies that fail to adopt these tenets may become overwhelmed and inadvertently cause a construction defect. If you are ever accused of causing a construction defect, immediately contact a Florida contractor lawyer at Cotney Construction Law.
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