Tezel, Algan and Aziz, Zeeshan (2016) Visual management/visual controls implementation pilot : 5S in Highways Construction and Maintenance. Project Report. University of Salford, UK.

This report presents a collaborative research effort between the University of Salford and Highways England on the implementation of the Visual Management (VM) concept,a fundamental element of lean construction, in the highways construction supply chain. After 10 visits to 5 different highways construction sites to identify VM implementation opportunities for the project, the 5S, which is a systematic visual workplace structuring methodology and the very first step to creating a visually transparent workplace, was implemented in one of the highways construction sites. The recorded benefits include a significant reduction in item transaction times (circa 50% reduction on average), savings in space (both vertical and horizontal), and improvements in the overall health and safety conditions. Alongside demonstrating the captured benefits, the report also explores the current 5S condition and how to disseminate the 5S concept further through the highways supply chain. A discussion of the 5S pilot and the 5S in general as per Highways England’s KPIs was also presented.

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