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n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Application of lean principles in the South African construction industry

Volume 30 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1012-277X
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Abstract

South Africa is a developing country that invests billions of rands annually in the construction industry. This industry consumes resources and, inevitably, waste is generated during the process. Although numerous approaches have been developed to improve quality, efficiency, and effectiveness in this industry, lean principles offer the ability to minimise and/or eliminate non-value adding work, thus increasing value for the client. This paper highlights the lean construction tools currently used worldwide, and the benefits of adopting lean construction. The study surveyed publications on the application of lean principles in the construction industry, and identified tools yet to be implemented in the South African construction industry with specific reference to electrical and mechanical engineering services. The study used a systematic review methodology to identify different lean construction concepts, and developed a lean implementation framework. The framework was then evaluated using a local case focusing on electrical and mechanical engineering services in the construction industry. The improved framework after evaluation consists of eight steps.

Suid-Afrika is ʼn ontwikkelende land wat miljarde rande jaarliks in die konstruksiebedryf belê. Hierdie industrie verbruik hulpbronne en genereer afval tydens die proses. Alhoewel vele benaderings reeds ontwikkel is om die gehalte, effektiwiteit en doeltreffendheid in hierdie industrie te verbeter, bied lenige beginsels die vermoë om take wat nie waarde toevoeg nie te minimeer en/of te elimineer. Hierdie artikel beklemtoon die lenige konstruksietegnieke wat wêreldwyd gebruik word saam met die voortspruitende voordele. Publikasies rakende die toepassing van lenige beginsels in die konstruksiebedryf is nagevors en tegnieke (gespits op elektriese en meganiese ingenieursdienste) wat nog nie in die Suid-Afrikaanse bedryf toegepas is nie, is identifiseer. Hierdie studie het ʼn sistematiese hersieningsmetodologie gebruik om die verskillende lenige konsepte te identifiseer en het daarmee saam ʼn lenige implementeringsraamwerk ontwikkel. Hierdie raamwerk is evalueer aan die hand van ʼn plaaslike gevallestudie. Die verbeterde raamwerk bestaan uit agt stappe.

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2020-09-30

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