CONS09002 2017 Lean Construction

General Details

Full Title
Lean Construction
Transcript Title
40 %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
David Collery
Programme Membership
SG_SBIMA_S09 201700 Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management

This module will provide the key steps and processes to allow Lean Construction to be successfully implemented in delivering construction projects. The Lean Construction process minimises activities that do not add to customer value, leaving more time for those that do. Lean process drives improved efficiencies and productivity, and places adding and creating value at the centre of the process. Any activity or process that consumes resources, adds cost or time without creating value becomes an activity to be reduced or omitted. Lean Construction planning underpins a wider approach to applying Lean Thinking to create significant improvements in project safety, predictability, construction and improved productivity. The module will provide the learner with an introduction to Lean Construction and the main key methods and tools to manage and implement the process.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critique lean principles, thinking, and practices, and their application in construction


Establish the five lean principles and a lean quality approach in a project environment


Develop process and continuous improvement skills in the application of lean tools and techniques in a project environment


Evaluate and discuss the importance of Supply Change Management


Assess the relative merits of Quality and Construction Management tools for using Lean and BIM in synergy

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered with online lectures with a strong linkage to case studies to provide practical example to explain the theories. This module can be taught using a combination on‑line lectures and online practicals. A range of Computer‑Aided Learning (CAL) packages are also used to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Adobe Connect, Panopto,) Students are provided with electronic materials for self‑assessment and preparation for assessments/assignments. Self‑directed, student‑centred, independent learning is a core aspect through completion of module coursework


Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy for the module will be a mixture online quizzes, assignment and final exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat final examination and required assignments

Indicative Syllabus


The lecturer will use real world case studies and scenarios to demonstrate the essential principles and provide content for the topics.

Lean Construction Thinking: The student will be presented a range of information and case studies to provide an introduction to, What is Lean Thinking, Lean in Construction, adding value and what is waste.

The five lean principles, identify value, map the value stream, create flow, establish pull and seek perfection.

Lean Process Measurement and Lean Tools

The importance of the supply chain in construction industry, management factors and cost trade‑offs.

Detailed knowledge of the Kazien and 10 ground rules and improvement tools ‑ Flow charting, fishbone diagram

Practical case studies and selecting target processes regarding value stream mapping. What is the current state map and future state map.

What is opportunities and how these can be achieved

Information and communication technology/Building Information Modeling

Implementing the Ancillary tools, quality at source, Poka Yoke, working standards, and implement Lean step to manage time, cost and resources.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Asignment No 1 Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 5 1,2
2 Assement No 2 Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % Week 12 3,4,5
3 Quizzes (4 no) Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 20 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Final Exam Performance Evaluation 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Oakland, J.S. and Marosszeky, M. (2017)Total Construction Management: Lean quality in construction project delivery, Routledge. ISBN-978-1-138-90854-3

MR Ade Asefeso McIps Mba (2014)Lean in Construction : (Key to Improvements in Time, Cost and Quality) By (author)

Shang Gao , By Sui Pheng Low (2014): Lean Construction Management : The Toyota Way By

Gary Santorella (2010): Lean Culture for the Construction Industry : Building Responsible and Committed Project Teams

Lincoln Forbes and Sys Ahmed (2011) Modern Construction – Lean Project delivery and Integrated.


Andersen, B, Belay, AM & Seim, EA 2012, 'Lean Construction Practices and its Effects: A Case Study at St Olav’s Integrated Hospital, Norway', Lean Construction Journal, vol. 2012, pp. 122-49.

Conway, CJ, Keane, C, Sean, M, Ahern, C & Behan, A 2014, 'Leveraging Lean in construction: A case study of a BIM-based HVAC manufacturing process',SDAR Journal of Sustainable Design and Applied Research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 24-30.

Dave, BA 2013, 'Developing a construction management system based on lean construction and building information modelling', Thesis (Ph.D.) thesis, University of Salford.

Gurevich, U & Sacks, R 2014, 'Examination of the effects of a KanBIM production control system on subcontractors' task selections in interior works',Automation in Construction, vol. 37, pp. 81-7.

International Group for Lean Construction 2015, Annual Conference Papers, International Group for Lean Construction, viewed June 2015, <>.

Lean Construction Institute 2015, Lean Construction Journal, Lean Construction Institute, viewed June 2015, <>.

Lean Construction Institute 2015b, Recommended Reading List, Lean Construction Institute, viewed June 2015, <>.

Rooke, JA & Mossman, A 2011, 'IGLC 2011 Special Issue', paper presented to International Group for Lean Construction, Lima, Peru.

Sacks, R, Koskela, L, Dave, BA & Owen, R 2010, 'Interaction of Lean and Building Information Modeling in Construction', Journal of Construction Engineering & Management, vol. 136, no. 9, pp. 968-80.

Shakeri, I, Boroujeni, KA & Hassani, H 2015, 'Lean Construction: From Theory to Practice', International Journal of Academic Research, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 129-36.

Sullivan, KT 2011, 'Quality Management Programs in the Construction Industry: Best Value Compared with Other Methodologies', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 210-9.



URL Resources

Lean Construction Institute

Lean Construction Ireland

 Technicon, VCL 2014, Virtual Construction Site KanBIMTM Experiment, Technicon, Israel, YouTube, <

Other Resources

Becker, TC, Shane, JS & Jalselskis, EJ 2012, 'Comparative Analysis of Lean Construction with Design-Build Using a Framework of Contractual Forms of Agreement', Journal of Architectural Engineering, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 187-91.

Ikuma, LH & Nahmens, I 2012, 'Effects of Lean Construction on Sustainability of Modular Homebuilding', Journal of Architectural Engineering, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 155-63.

Jin, J 2013, AB2564: The BIM Practice of Lean Project Management in the Design and Construction of Shanghai Tower, Autodesk University, <>.

Kim, Y-W & Bae, J 2010, 'Assessing the Environmental Impacts of a Lean Supply System: Case Study of High-Rise Condominium Construction in Korea',Journal of Architectural Engineering, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 144-50.