Prepared for the 2010 International Lean Construction Conference by authors Dr. Glenn Ballard (UC Berkeley), Dr. Olli Seppanen (Vico Software), and Sakari Pesonen (Skanska), "The Combination of Last Planner System and Location-Based Management System," recommends a process to integrate both approaches throughout the planning and building of construction projects.
Both Location-Based Management System and Last Planner System espouse lean construction tenets like pull scheduling, eliminating waste, and de-risking construction schedules. LBMS is very quantitative and based on mathematical equations involving quantities, locations, crew sizes, and productivity rates. LPS is very social and collaborative, relying on teamwork and commitments.
By combining the rigorous scientific quantifications of LBMS with the collaborative, qualitative process of Last Planner, the authors propose that GCs and CMs will experience better project results than if just one system was implemented.
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