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Construction is one of the industries with the highest environmental impact. AECO companies are working to optimise processes to reduce waste and improve economic benefits. Let’s see how Lean Construction can contribute.

Currently, research shows that the execution of a work and its subsequent operation means 40% of total energy consumption. On the other hand, water consumption is another key factor, which worldwide could reach 15% of total consumption only in construction. Finally, the production of waste and the use of chemical materials are aspects to consider.

The Lean Construction concept incorporates the idea of optimizing processes to increase quality, decrease the use of resources and reduce the generation of waste, generating greater profitability for the end customer with less impact.

To implement Lean it is necessary to know the workflows in detail, visualizing the work as a whole and documenting all the information, anticipating unforeseen events that increase the use of resources, errors, repetition of processes and cost overruns.

In short, Lean Construction solves:

  • Project and construction management without taking advantage of technological benefits such as automation or BIM.
  • Lack of knowledge of the processes and the economic and temporal impact on the globality of the projects.
  • Little capacity to define a budget adapted to the true needs of the projects.
  • Errors, rework, lack of coordination, information overlap, among others.

Traditional work processes have a linearity that has been assumed to be correct, but the reality is that with the use of technology and work methodologies, it is possible to alter this flow to make it better.

With the use of BIM, the integration of platforms and teams establish an automated and offshoring collaborative work, which facilitates communication and decision-making. Projects by employing Lean Construction and BIM will be safer, more profitable and efficient.

Among the benefits of using the Lean Construction and BIM methodology are:

  • Have a clear budget, increasing the benefits for the team and clients.
  • Greater productivity, reducing the number of activities and guaranteeing the best quality.
  • Use of automated and integrated digital technologies, where the use of Artificial Intelligence facilitates decision-making.
  • Work from the cloud, with the ability to access digital models, reports, incidents, among others.