April 25, 2014

Engineering & Design for Lean Construction

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Modern marketing rhetoric claims that, in order to cut out expensive costs and reduce risks during the design and construction phase of major capital projects, we must ensure that the plant design is completed ‘right first time’. If we can eradicate the iterations and reworks in design and form the design right from the outset, we will ensure that everyone in the project execution is equipped with the latest and most accurate information about the project. This business paper challenges that premise and argues that, in many instances, ‘right first time’ is not achievable. This ideology does not have the flexibility needed to cope with client, legal, contractor and environmental changes which influence scope changes throughout the project.