A lean planning procedure is a new approach to making a traditional construction plan. A building project is a sequence of activities carried out by a variety of different parties. By planning these activities in a lean manner these are carried out as soon as possible, and neither before nor later. Democo is currently using lean planning for a number of its projects.
These projects are ‘Lode Zielenslaan – Antwerp’, ‘Clinique St-Pierre – Ottignies’, ‘Provinciehuis – Antwerp’, the final stage of the Ezeldijk in Diest and Kapucijnen in Brussels. The latter project – consisting of 38 flats, a caretaker’s residence and a commercial area – was completed before the summer break in a period of just 9 months. We managed this thanks to our use of the lean method for the technical and final stage planning.
Creation of a lean plan is done together with the subcontractors concerned. During a planning session we look at how we can organise the work as efficiently as possible within the shortest possible time. We use our findings to establish an accurate time plan. During completion we reviewed the planning regularly, and used it as a basis for the follow-on planning for the next construction period.