I feel fortunate to be living in an era when there are Computers,
iPhones, iPads, Androids, Google Glasses, Google Earth, Facebook, Twitter and
Broad Sustainable Construction. All but the last one out of my list are pretty
obvious and I do not feel explaining why they are awesome. However, I feel like talking a lot about Broad
Sustainable Construction, a company which is based out of China and doing
miracle after miracle and revolutionizing what world calls development. As a
matter of fact, China is doing great with several other things too. But this
blog won’t be talking about that.
At this very moment (January 5th 2013) Broad
Sustainable Construction is building world’s tallest building – Sky City –1, which
is almost a kilometer high (838 m/2749 ft to be precise) with 220 floors. They
are set to complete the construction of this building within 90 days. This is
remarkable and revolutionary. They claim to prefabricate 95% of building off
site. Guess what, whole world is trying to bri…
Recently I came across this article by Dennis Sowards "BIM and LPS improve project management". Dennis explained LPS-Last Planner System and Building Information Modeling (BIM) fairly well.
However, in my opinion there is no point in asking the question "Should we choose BIM over Lean or Lean over BIM?" As Dennis explains in the article that before asking this question "you need to consider what each process offers before choosing one over the other", I would say: lean is a management philosophy and BIM is a technology for effective management of project information. In other words lean is a way of management and BIM is a tool for management.
Lean construction is based on a simple principle "reduce waste and increase value." To reduce waste (of time, material, labor etc.) a number of initiatives have been taken, for example Last Planner System (LPS) of production control, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Target Value Design (TVD) etc.
Vijay Govindarajan recently caught attention for his recent book "The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge" published by Harvard Business Review and his work on "Designing $300 Home". He is called the strategic innovation Guru and he is also the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at Dartmouth’s Tuck School in US. He believes that perspiration is more important than innovation i.e. execution of an idea is more important than only coming up with the idea itself.
I will try to explain the advantages of BIM, Lean, Green and IPD by his theory of strategic inovation. He talks about three boxes that large organizations operate into (or where organizations' projects fall into)-
Building Lean and Green using BIM and IPD fall under Box-2 and Box-3 that is selectively forgetting the past practices and creating the future (and here we are talking about 20 years from now i.e. about 2030).
Hear is his talk with Harvard Business Review -…