CONS09002 2019 Lean Construction

General Details

Full Title
Lean Construction
Transcript Title
Lean Construction
40 %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
David Collery
Programme Membership
SG_SPROJ_M09 201900 Master of Science in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SBIMA_S09 201900 Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction 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 to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

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

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecturing 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007 The Machine that Changed the World Free Press
ISBN 1847370551 ISBN-13 9781847370556

When James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos wrote THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD in 1990, Japanese automakers, and Toyota in particular, were making a strong showing by applying the principles of lean production. However, the full power of lean principles was unproven, and they had not been applied outside of the auto industry. Today, the power of lean production has been conclusively proved by Toyota's unparalleled success, and the concepts have been widely applied in many industries. Based on MIT's pioneering global study of industrial competition, THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD offers a groundbreaking analysis of the entire lean business system, including product development, supplier management, sales, service, and production - an analysis even more relevant today as GM and Ford struggle to survive and a wide range of British abd American companies embrace lean production. A new Foreword by the authors brings the story up to date and details how their predictions were right. As a result, this reissue of a classic is as insightful and instructive today as when it was first published.

Required Reading
2016-12-15 Lean Construction Tredition Gmbh
ISBN 3734581699 ISBN-13 9783734581694

Lean-Construction: practical insights for innovating construction management This book grasps some of the most practical and applicable concepts in optimizing construction projects and the objective is, to dig deeper into what is behind this so-called "lean-construction." Six topics are selected, based on the criteria of highest relevance in conducting construction projects. Each chapter is introduced with a provocative key questions, such as "why is construction progress always lower than planned," "why is building a steering room more than installing a performance board" or the question of "how to steer a construction site with takt-time" and many other topics such as performance management, or integrated collaborative planning. The content of this book will simplify your life as a construction manager, planner, owner or consultant. And at the same time it is easily understandable and fun to read. Alexander Lange Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Recommended Reading
2017-02-16 Total Construction Management Routledge
ISBN 1138908541 ISBN-13 9781138908543

A convergence of lean management and quality management thinking has taken place in organizations across many industries, including construction. Practices in procurement, design management and construction management are all evolving constantly and understanding these changes and how to react is essential to successful management. This book provides valuable insights for owners, designers and constructors in the construction sector. Starting by introducing the language of total quality, lean and operational excellence, this book takes the reader right up to the latest industry practice in this sector, and demonstrates the best way to manage change. Written by two of the world's leading experts, Total Construction Management: Lean quality in construction project delivery offers a clearly structured introduction to the most important management concepts and practices used in the global construction industry today. This authoritative book covers issues such as procurement, BIM, all forms of waste, construction safety, and design and construction management, all explained with international case studies. It is a perfect guide for managers in all parts of the industry, and ideal for those preparing to enter the industry.

Required Reading
2014-05-23 Lean Construction Management Springer
ISBN 9789812870148 ISBN-13 9812870148

The book presents a mixed research method adopted to assess and present the Toyota Way practices within construction firms in general and for firms in China specifically. The results of an extensive structured questionnaire survey based on the Toyota Way-styled attributes identified were developed and data collected from building professionals working in construction firms is presented. The quantitative data presented in the book explains the status quo of the Toyota Way-styled practices implemented in the construction industry, as well as the extent to which these attributes were perceived for lean construction management. The book highlights all the actionable attributes derived from the Toyota Way model appreciated by the building professionals, but alerts the readers that some attributes felled short of implementation. Further findings from in-depth interviews and case studies are also presented in the book to provide to readers an understanding how these Toyota Way practices can be implemented in real-life projects. Collectively, all the empirical findings presented in this book can serve to enhance understanding of Toyota Way practices in the lean construction management context. The readers are then guided through to understand the gaps between actual practice and Toyota Way-styled practices, and the measures that they may undertake to circumvent the challenges for implementation. The book also presents to readers the SWOT analysis that addresses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats towards the implementation of the Toyota Way in the construction industry. The book prescribes the Toyota Way model for use in construction firms to strategically implement lean construction management. The checklist presented in the book enables readers to draw lessons that may be used additionally as a holistic assessment tool for measuring the maturity of firms with respect to their Toyota Way implementation. Consequent to this, management would then be in a better position to develop plans for Toyota Way implementation by focusing on weak areas, strengthening them, and thus increasing the likelihood of success in the implementation of the Toyota Way. In a nutshell, this book provides a comprehensive and valuable resource for firms not only in the construction industry but also businesses outside of the construction sector to better understand the Toyota Way and how this understanding can translate to implementation of lean construction/business management to enhance profitability and survivability in an increasingly competitive global market place.

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.




Journal Resources

Journal's links are provide on the module moodle page

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.


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