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    11th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop April 2015

    May 2nd, 2015

    The Lean Construction work group had its 11th meeting in Goteburg, April 20-21, hosted by NCC.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    – Implementation of lean at NCC.

    – Some questions were discussed during the meeting:

    • How do you know lean works?
    • How do people feel the better work environment?
    • How do you get the site to declare defects/problems?
    • How do you improve your own way of working?
    • How do you encourage collaboration / communication?
    • How do you describe your process?
    • Is Last Planner standard?
    • Do you have a system of continuous improvement?
    • To what extent are the subcontractors involved in LP?
    • How VDC / BIM is integrated?
    • What was a special point or event that changed your mind?
    • How do you recognize the improvement of design/quality?

    Next meeting:

    Next Lean Construction meeting which will be hosted by STRABAG SE in Vienna, April 2016.


    10th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop October 2014

    November 1st, 2014

    The Lean Construction working group had its 10th meeting in Eindhoven, 14-15 October 2014, hosted by Ballast Nedam.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    – Site visit production location including presentation IQ-woning.

    – Presentations of successes:

    “Value of Lean Management”
    “(Lean) successes and challanges at IQ”
    “(Lean) successes and challenges at project Coastal Work Katwijk”

    – Interactive session on the topic how to reach the majority:

    How to make the step towards cultural change – ‘Lean is part of our genes’.

    – State of implementation of lean at Ballast Nedam.

    Next meeting:

    Next Lean Construction meeting which will be hosted by NCC in Goteburg, April 20-21, 2015.


    9th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop April 2014

    April 23rd, 2014

    The Lean Construction work group had its 9th meeting in Liechtenstein, April 2-3, hosted by HILTI AG.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    • How to get it implemented and sustainable
    • Leadership and time to improve
    • Visibility and lean – keep momentum
    • How to keep the energy going – change management
    • Get new input in the way we work, learn in other industry
    • How do we convince others in our organisation – change management
    • Leadership and management support
    • How to get the management fascinated by lean
    • Learn about the domain of leadership – main aspects. Situational leadership along the lean journey.
    • How quick does the change take for construction companies Read the rest of this entry »

    8th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop October 2013

    October 20th, 2013

    The Lean Construction work group had its 8th meeting in Duisburg, 8-9th of October, hosted by Hochtief and Cai Von Velsen. The aim for the meeting was to focus on Lean leadership as this is perceived as one of the most important factors when starting the transformation towards Lean construction. The objectives for the meeting was to find a definition of what Lean leadership is and in what respect that differs from other leadership.

    There were interesting presentations on the topic followed by a workshop having a deeper dialog trying to identify characteristics for leadership as well as lean leadership. Highlights from presentations are:

    • Corporate culture and teamwork – essential ingredients
    • Common goals
    • Foundations of lean – cooperation and leadership
    • “Every manager is a coach – we do not have traditional managers anymore”
    • No blame culture – failures are not ever individuals
    • Lean just do not happen – it is a matter of shift in mind-set
    • Lean is not about process it is about people
    • All leaders – Go to Gemba
    • Lean leadership is about getting people leading their own processes
    • Lean Coaches and lean managers to train and support

     At the 9th of October the construction site of new administrative building at Düsseldorf airpor was visited. 

     The conclusions and topics for next meeting are:

    • Engagement in supply-chain –  Suppliers involvement
    • Client engagement
    • Define characteristics / behavior
    • Why do we have difficulties to reach managers – How to reach “sticky middle“
    • Means to how to reach managers
    • Stories of success
    • Levels of trust – How we measure trust?
    • How to link lean to balance score card?
    • Which CPI for lean are the rights?

    Thank you
    Encord would like to thank the host Hochtief, for making this excellent meeting and the site visit possible.

    Next meeting
    Next meeting will be hosted by Hilti 2-3rd of April in Lichtenstein.


    7th ENCORD Lean Construction Workshop March 2013

    March 30th, 2013

    On the 19th and 20th of March 2013 lean Construction Experts from ENCORD companies and Vinci Paris met at the head office and the Louis Vuitton construction site in Paris.

    Topics of the meeting included:

    – An introduction to the head office of Vinci Paris.
    – A short review of the four web meetings since last workshop in Ludwigshafen.
    – An interactive workshop to discuss and to complete the indicators to define the value of lean
    – Best practice presentations of Bam Nuttall, Zueblin, Strabag and CCC.
    – A visit of a construction site of Vinci Paris.

    The meeting also included: Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD Lean Construction workshop September 2012

    October 15th, 2012

    On 25 and 26 September 2012 Lean Construction Experts from ENCORD companies met at the factory of Joseph Vögele AG in Ludwigshafen Germany in an ENCORD Lean construction workshop.

    Topics of the meeting included:
    – An introduction to the factory of Joseph Vögle.
    – A short review of the workshop in London.
    – A presentation to come to a protocol to develop the value of lean construction.
    – A presentation of the history of STRABAG BPM and their Lean implementation
    – A presentation of the lean process of Hilti
    – A presentation by Taylor Woodrow of Victoria station now in September 2012 seen more from the contractor’s site of view.
    – Best practice presentation by Hochtief, CCC, Balfour Beatty and BAM Germany
    – A presentation to explain the flow of the production in the manufacturing process of Vögle.
    – A site in the factories of Joseph Vögle.
    – A best practice presentation by YIT

    Next meeting: The group will meet again in Paris in March 2013 and hosted by Vinci Construction France. Topics of the meeting will include:
    – Customer needs and –satisfaction.
    – Lean in the design phase/process.
    – A short review of this meeting and summary of the results
    – More about the protocol the value of lean construction

    Review of ENCORD Lean Workshop March 2012

    March 24th, 2012

    On 21 and 22 March 2012 20 Lean Construction experts from ENCORD companies and London Underground met at the project site of the London Underground Victoria Station Upgrade project in an ENCORD LEAN Construction workshop.

    Topics of the meeting included:
    – an introduction to the project and the Taylor Woodrow BAM Nutall JV, as well as an insight to some key Lean Construction initiatives taken by the project and London Underground.
    – a presentation by London Underground to explain their Lean journey, the benefits and challenges.
    – a site visit to the Victoria Station Upgrade project with a focus to Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD LEAN Workshop November 2011

    November 7th, 2011

    On 2 and 3 November over 20 Lean Construction experts met on Bafour Beatty’s A46 Construction site east of Nottingham in an ENCORD LEAN Construction workshop.

    The meeting included
    – a presentation by the Highways Agency, focusing on the client’s view of lean construction,
    – best practice presentations given by the participants with intense discussions,
    – an introduction and site visit of the A46 highway construction project and
    – a presentation on how to measure the effects and value of LEAN approaches in the construction sector.

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    ENCORD Lean Construction Management Workshop

    April 27th, 2009

    27-28 April 2009 | Vught, the Netherlands

    The ENCORD Lean Construction Management Workshop was held on 27-28 April 2009 in Vught, The Netherlands and was organised by Richard Bufferfield of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services and Ger Maas of Royal BAM Group. 34 participants from Balfour Beatty, Ballast Nedam Infra, CCC, Ferrovial, Hochtief, Royal BAM Group, Vinci/Vinci Construction, YIT Corporation and Züblin/ENCORD as well as from Arpa Bouw and University of Technology of Eindhoven attended the workshop.
    The first ENCORD workshop on Lean Construction Management in 2007 (Copenhagen) offered an introduction. The second ENCORD workshop on Lean Construction Management in 2008 (London) focussed on the value creation. This third ENCORD workshop on Lean Construction Management provided a guide to an approach of Lean Construction Management by sharing examples from implemented construction projects, putting a focus on the operational side of the topic. This also seemed even more essential with the backdrop of the current European (and global) economic crisis, in which “Lean Construction Management” as a toolbox of various approaches and methods is a possible way of improving efficiency to meet constrained budgets – ‘getting the same for less’.

    Lean Construction, 2nd workshop

    March 17th, 2008

    Hosted by: Balfour Beatty, 17-18 March 2008, in London

    Organised by Balfour Beatty, the 2nd workshop focussed on the implementation of lean principles. The main topics were policy deployment and process mapping and modelling. The members had the chance to hear invited speakers and discuss their own Lean Construction experience with them. Existing tools were discussed and demonstrated in a working session using a hands-on example.

    Lean Construction

    March 5th, 2007

    Hosted by: NCC, 5-6 March 2007, in Copenhagen

    Lean techniques provide the one feasible way to cut costs while also shortening production lead times and time-to-market, improving quality and providing customers with exactly what they want precisely when they want it. They also make it possible to design, order, produce and deliver goods at smaller production scales by means of dedicated product teams, without paying a scale or investment-cost penalty. The aim of this ENCORD workshop was to present different approaches to Lean Construction and to enable ENCORD members to share their experiences and to form a common base for further development within this field. Interest levels were very high, and the approx. 30 participants agreed that this workshop will be continued in the near future.