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Planning and controlling design in engineered-to-order prefabricated building systems

Wesz, Josana, Formoso, Carlos and Tzortzopoulos, Patricia (2017) Planning and controlling design in engineered-to-order prefabricated building systems. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management. ISSN 0969-9988 (In Press)

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Although the success of construction projects depends much on the performance of design, planning and controlling this process is often neglected: in many projects design planning is informally carried out, while in others traditional project management techniques are used with low effectiveness. Design planning and control is particularly important in complex engineer-to-order prefabricated building production systems, in which the customer order is placed at the design phase of a product that needs to be conceived, manufactured and assembled. In this type of production system uncertainty tends to be high, and many interdependencies exist among different production units. The aim of this study is to propose a model for planning and controlling the design process in companies that design, manufacture and assemble prefabricated engineer-to-order building systems. This model was devised as an adaptation of the Last Planner® System for engineer-to-order multiple project environments. An empirical study was carried out at the design department of a leading steel fabricator from Brazil, in which the proposed model was implemented in six different design teams. The main contributions of this study are related to the use of two levels of look-ahead planning, the introduction of a decoupling point between conceptual and detail design, the proposition of new metrics for the Last Planner® System, and understanding the potential role of visual management to support planning and control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
School of Art, Design and Architecture > Innovative design lab
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Depositing User: Patricia Tzortzopoulos
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 08:51
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 08:15


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