KHS&S at the Lean Construction Institute Congress in Dallas
KHS&S was one of the prominent AEC firms in attendance at the 2013 LCI Congress that took place mid-October in Dallas, TX. The annual LCI Congress discussed some of the lessons learned from practicing lean construction methods over the past few years.
KHS&S joined LCI in 2011 and has been a leader in adopting lean construction methods ever since.
Lean construction offers an alternative that allows companies to thrive in any economic conditions; in combination with BIM and pre-fab, Lean makes firms more competitive and yields strong business benefits. Surveyed companies cited such benefits as higher quality construction, greater customer satisfaction, greater productivity, and improved safety. Two things were perceived as continuing challenges: education about Lean and the need for and benefits of increasing efficiency are lacking in the industry as a whole, and technologies currently in place could be much improved to support a more highly collaborative environment. Interestingly enough, Lean practice seems to shift perceptions about the efficiency of the industry as a whole: 55% of firms not familiar with Lean regard current industry practices as efficient or highly efficient, while 62% of Lean practitioners see it as inefficient or highly inefficient.
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