Improving Construction Productivity: Implications of Even Flow production principles

Mehrdad Arashpour, Ron Wakefield, Nick Blismas

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Subcontracting has been widely used in order to address the high level of variability and associated risks in the complex configuration of residential construction production systems.However, the explosion of subcontracting and the parade of trades have made the construction operations very fragmented, leading to lack of predictability and adequate control on schedules and quality. The present paper proposes a set of system configurations for residential construction. On this basis, after an extensive review of the efforts to model construction production problems, several discrete event simulation models have been developed so as to assess tangible performance measures. Comparing and contrasting the results, two attributes of the system were found to be critical to yield better performance measures. In the proposed flexible system design, fewer cross-trained subcontractors undertake integrated work processes. Also, the number of houses under construction does not grow infinitely and is proportional to the system capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction and Society
EditorsStephen Kajewski, Karen Manley, Keith Hampson
Place of PublicationBrisbane QLD AUS
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780987554215
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventCIB World Building Congress 2013 - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 May 20139 May 2013
Conference number: 19th


ConferenceCIB World Building Congress 2013
Abbreviated titleWBC13
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