Lean Construction Seminar in Burnaby a Huge Success!

Posted by Rumin Mann
May 24th, 2011

Over 50 participants from the BC construction industry, wood component manufacturers, building contractors, capital project managers, architect and designers, and real estate developers met in Burnaby on May 17th to hear from one of North America’s expert in Lean Construction methods.

Many wood products producers in BC are specifying their products for commercial projects. These projects involve many steps, but are often challenged by frequent changes in product specifications, installation scheduling problems and a variety of other issues.

The seminar covered Lean Construction Basics by introducing key concepts, principles, and techniques on a better way to deliver construction projects, mitigating waste, and increasing value to the customer and all project stakeholders. The highly interactive session featured two hands-on exercises that brought home some of the Lean principles and encouraged collaboration and interaction amongst the particpants.

The seminar, hosted by FPInnovations and BCWood, brought in Dick Bayer, from the Lean Construction Institute in San Diego, California. Mr. Bayer, the Interim Director of the LCI, has consulted on over 25 lean projects throughout the country, and worked with numerous construction and design firms on lean strategy. With extensive experience in lean construction, partnering and dispute resolution, Dick shared his knowledge of lean construction principles and practice to the attendees.

Overall, the participants gave high marks to the event, and many indicated that they could begin implementing some of the concepts presented at the workshop right away.

The event also featured Mr. Dave Fisher, Senior Vice President of Mitsui Homes Canada, a company who is currently implementing Lean manufacturing techniques in its Langley plant with the help of FPInnovations’ Industry Advisors. Dave shared his many years of experience in construction, and ways in which Mitsui Homes is not only continuously improving its process, but also finding new way to better integrate its products into construction projects.

For more information on this event, and how lean manufacturing can help your business, please contact Roland Baumeister at FPInnovations, roland.baumeister@fpinnovations.ca, or view a short video clip of lean in action at Stor-X Organizing Systems on http://www.iforwood.com/resources/case-studies/

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