Technology is changing the way every industry operates and that’s no less true for the field of construction. In fact, many construction companies are already utilizing technology to help their organizations run more efficiently. To maximize profits and minimize your impact on the environment, lean operations may be the way to go.
What is Lean Construction?
When we think of the word lean in relation to finances, we often think of eliminating spending and making sacrifices. Certainly, that’s one aspect of it, but, in this case, it also means implementing new practices and adding new tech innovations to help reduce waste. This may be even more important in the construction industry, where there’s a higher degree of risk and success can vary from one project to the next.
Operating a lean construction business involves addressing issues at every level. The management of the business must be able to react quickly to any challenges that arise.
Otherwise, costly delays may affect one or several projects. The best way to implement a more efficient (lean) management style is to merge financial and operational control into a single system.
The Unified Project Solution Paradigm
One system for creating a fully integrated construction operation is the Unified Project Solution Paradigm. This system incorporates four primary concerns in managing the business and consolidates them under a single program. This eliminates the unnecessary waste of manpower, resources, time, and money.
- Aligning the Project – In any given project, there are a number of aspects that seem to work independently, but really affect one another. Everything from dealing with vendors to the use of equipment should be managed under one system.
- Automation – Instituting procedures for automating the way some aspects of the business are run is essential. This can reduce time and save resources. More importantly, it can also compel different departments in the operation to work more fluidly together.
- Real Time Visibility – Construction projects are tenuous by their nature. One minor mistake can necessitate a series of changes and, if those changes aren’t implemented early enough, work may need to be torn down and redone. By initiating a system that lets everyone access changes to a project in real time, these situations are avoided.
- Best Practices – Institute a new policy that ensures every person in the operation is employing the best standards in doing their work. This is most successful, when company policies establish disciplined practices and rules that affect every department. This promotes unity within the organization and, where everyone is working together, mistakes are far less likely.
Trimming operating costs and reducing waste is easier to accomplish, when every aspect of the operation is working together. By centrally controlling the operation, each project is completed more efficiently and without having to adjust for costly mistakes.