LEAN Construction

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LEAN Construction Principles & Management Services

LEAN construction management combines research and development in design and construction with an adaption of lean manufacturing principles and practices to the entire design and construction process. Our LEAN Construction techniques focus on the reliability of scheduling, successful project completion, and delivering the most value to our clients. 

Benefits to LEAN Construction

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Our LEAN Construction Process

5 Why Analysis

We utilize critical problem-solving techniques to dig into the root cause of a condition by asking ‘why’ successively (at least five times) whenever a problem exists. As each answer is documented, we make an additional inquiry concerning that response.

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Target Value Delivery

This management practice ensures the facility meets our customer’s needs and is delivered within budget, and promotes innovation to increase value and eliminate waste.

This practice also assists the customer with budgeting to determine the target cost, conditions of satisfaction, and risk/opportunity registry. Continuous estimating to update projected costs versus target cost is based on:

  • New Information or Site Conditions
  • Design Changes – Value Engineering
  • Field performance – Just-In-Time Deliveries

Cost control is used to ensure on-time, on-budget delivery of the conditions of satisfaction.


Virtual Construction

With virtual construction, we use three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to see the geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities, and properties of building components of the project.

Virtual construction provides the platform for simultaneous conversations related to the design of the “product” and its delivery process, thereby speeding the field delivery process (or construction timeframe). We use Trimble to increase the accuracy of field layout and clash detection. Virtual construction helps improve the accuracy of our installation, reduces waste, and shifts work from the job site to a safer, more efficient, shop environment.

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Planning & Scheduling

Each phase is planned out in detail using Pull Planning and a high-level schedule is developed early. This schedule is developed based on project milestones and initial budgets.

Murphy Company also utilizes the Last Planner Process for project production planning and control to create a workflow that achieves reliable execution. This collaborative, commitment-based planning system integrates ‘should-can-will-did’ planning.


Continuous Improvement

Lean projects ensure feedback is frequent and monitored so the team can improve its performance through:

  • Plus/Delta feedback for every meeting.
  • Periodic formal surveys.
  • Culture of mutual respect and accountability.

Murphy is an active participant in Lean communities of practice in order to keep current on industry best practices in delivering Lean projects. Lessons Learned is an active component of the Murphy Way for all projects, including Lean.