Lean Construction Management and BIM: How to speed up construction

27 April, 2015 | 13:00 - 14:00

Lean Construction Management and BIM: How to speed up construction

About this event

Patrick Theis, DS Consulting, and Martin Cowell, TfL, explained Lean Construction Management, and outline how the lean processes have been used and the lessons learnt on this project. Listen to the ICE webinar to find out more about how to implement Lean Construction for reaping the benefits in time and efficiency savings.


Topics covered in the webinar:

  • Lean Construction Management as a production planning tool
  • Detail Planning for construction on a daily basis
  • Structure of the planning board
  • Visualization of open issues
  • Generation of action lists from planning board
  • Management of the resources
  • Visualisation of daily work
  • How to track materials through the supply chain, and for daily demand
  • How to use reliable processes to speed up projects
  • Performance Management System for construction sites
  • Integrated planning with design, supply chain and construction site

Find out how to identify and resolve bottlenecks, using the LCM system linked with the BIM system.

On the construction site Lean and BIM support each other to effectively increase the efficiency of the construction processes. Some of the benefits include:

  • Significant increase in the utilization of bottle neck resources (e.g. in one example from 28% to 92%)
  • Acceleration of the construction process by 26%
  • Increase of stability and reliability of processes (92%)
  • Reduction of claims (28%)

The presenters were Patrick Theis, partner at Drees & Sommer and Managing Director of DS-Consulting, and Martin Cowell, Senior Project Manager in the Integrated Stations Programme at TfL, and the chairman was Simon Murray.

This is the first in a series of events to be held on collaboration. Future webinars will include

  • Webinar on Managing Change in Complex Projects: Configuration Management, Asset Information and Big Data Jennifer Whyte, Wednesday July 1st 1-2pm
  • Webinar on the role of the owner/operator, Graeme Winch. Thursday July 9th 1-2pm

Chair: Simon Murray - Chairman, Geoffrey Osborne, Director, acumen7

Simon is a civil engineer specialising in infrastructure development. He has been a senior manager in the aviation and railway industries and the client for several large projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. He has a particular interest in modern methods of construction and in improving the industry’s performance. Simon is a founder member of acumen7.

Career details and achievements:

  • Chairman, Geoffrey Osborne Ltd
  • Trustee, Christ’s Hospital Foundation
  • Non-executive director, Manchester Airport Developments Ltd
  • Non-executive director, Ascot Authority Holdings Ltd
  • Director Major Projects and Investment, Railtrack Plc
  • MD Group Technical Services, BAA Plc
  • Director, Ove Arup & Partners

Skill detail, track record and services provided

Simon has been a director of an engineering consultancy, on the board of a FTSE-100 infrastructure company and chairman of a privately owned construction company. This experience has given him a rare perspective and deep knowledge of how infrastructure is developed and how the construction industry works

Since 2001 Simon has been an independent consultant specialising in infrastructure development and modern methods of construction. His clients include Transport for London, Anglian Water and Parsons Brinckerhoff. His work has been in developing viable strategies for companies in the infrastructure sector and in managing organisational change.

Simon developed his passion for improving construction whilst working for John Egan at BAA in the 1990s. Simon led the transformation of BAA’s construction programme and the preparations for the construction of Terminal 5. He worked closely with John Egan on the Government’s task force on the construction industry and the drafting of Rethinking Construction.

Presenter: Patrick Theis - Partner at Drees & Sommer and Managing Director of DS-Consulting

Patrick studied civil engineering and holds an MBA in international management. After several years with a consulting company he joined the Drees & Sommer Group in 2003. He is partner at Drees & Sommer and Managing Director of DS-Consulting Process & Organization. Furthermore he holds lectures at international universities on the subject Lean Construction Management and Project Management.

He gathered his know-how and experience from numerous international process consulting projects with the focus on lean management. The development of the Lean Construction Management (LCM) approach for construction and engineering projects is one main focus of his activities. By increasing transparency of processes, applying easy visualization tools, bridging the gap between design, procurement and execution and by implementing lean production systems on construction sites processes are stabilized and accelerated.

Presenter: Martin Cowell - Senior Project Manager, Integrated Stations Programme, Capital Programmes Directorate, London Underground

Martin Cowell studied civil engineering and building surveying. A chartered building surveyor by profession, with 30 years experience in both the public and private sectors, the last 15 years of which have been spent in project management.

Specialising in rail infrastructure he has represented both the client and contractor-sides. He has worked across a wide variety of sectors including residential, industrial and commercial.

Within the rail sector he has implemented significant projects including the Kings Cross CTRL redevelopment and the Picadilly Line extension to Heathrow Terminal 5.

Martin has widespread experience of change management and setting up infrastrastructure programmes including, most recently, the STAKE delivery model and Integrated Stations Programme for London Underground Capital Programmes Directorate.