Upcoming Events for the Edmonton Lean Community of Practice
Lean Construction Culture and Methods
Several companies choose to adopt lean construction (LC) as a new management strategy within their organizations. The major benefits of LC according to practitioners are reductions in both construction time and overall project cost, increase in productivity, improvement in product quality, and increase in customer satisfaction. Despite the mentioned benefits of LC implementation, several companies have failed in their attempts to implement LC on their projects. These failures can be attributed to the LC concepts being applied in a superficial manner by the company, or the concepts being inconsistent or conflicting with the existing organizational principles. That’s why these attempts end up by being just a short-lived fad.
This workshop addresses the foundations of lean culture and introduces some lean construction methods such as the Last Planner system. The workshop will be led by Dr. Farook Hamzeh who is a Lean Construction expert. His theoretical and applied research in the US, Canada, and the MENA region aim at improving the design and construction of projects. Working in the construction industry, conducting research on actual design and construction projects, developing models, and establishing new performance metrics all contribute to his mission of reducing waste and adding value to design and construction operations. Dr. Hamzeh is an active member of International Group of Lean Construction (IGLC), Lean in the Public Sector (LIPS), and is on the advisory board of the Lean Construction Journal. https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/hamzeh
Dr. Farook Hamzeh is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta since 2019. He was full time faculty at Colorado State University between 2009 and 2011 and at the American University of Beirut between 2011 and 2019.
Dr. Hamzeh has worked for more than seven years in the construction industry in Lebanon, Qatar, Dubai, and the United States on several mega projects. These include the $1.7 Billion Cathedral Hill Hospital in San Francisco, the 333 m high Rose Rotana Hotel in Dubai, Losail motor-bike racetrack in Qatar, Olympic Tower in Qatar, Al-Amal Oncology Hospital in Qatar, Serail 1374 Building in downtown Beirut, and Sibline Cement factory 2nd production line in Lebanon. Throughout his career, Dr. Hamzeh has developed a passion for improving construction processes to increase productivity, raise customer value, and reduce process waste. This passion has fueled his research in the areas of lean construction, process improvement, design management, production planning, BIM, Simulation, and supply chain management.
It's possible to do more with less effort – which is important in Alberta's economy today, more than ever before.
By understanding the principles of Lean, business owners and managers can begin to lead change in their organizations, get employees engaged in solving problems, and begin to integrate continuous improvement thinking into their corporate culture. All of that will result in improved productivity and a happier customer.
No matter what your organization does, Lean will help you do it better. Lean methodology is being applied in a broad range of enterprises including construction, engineering, architecture, manufacturing, processing, health care, banking, and government services.