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Lean Construction in Electrical Contracting

Session Type: Pre-Convention Workshops
Track Number: PW-3
Location: WSCTC
Speaker: Lean Construction in Electrical Contracting

Date: Friday, September 11, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The purpose of this one-day workshop is to teach electrical contracting project managers and superintendents how to improve productivity through a focus on lean construction principles. Lean construction is a shift in a thought process towards collaborative project efficiency and quality to promote delivering a project to clients by maximizing value, and minimizing waste while pursuing perfection.

The goals in providing this product are improving productivity through:

  • Constant simplification of processes
  • Encouraging input and collaboration from all project team members
  • Decreasing waste
  • Increasing efficiency
  • Creating predictable work flow:
    • Complete small batches of work allowing the project to flow smoothly and allow craftsmen to maintain consistent production with no idle time
    • Throughput is more important than point speed and productivity
    • Strategy - reduce workflow variability then go for speed to increase throughput
    • Reduce material and tool inventory

The workshop focuses on tools to achieve these goals and help the attendees start developing their thought process shift toward the concepts required to improve productivity through applying lean construction principles.


Speaker Bio:

Mark O. Federle, PE, PhD, CPC Mark Federle is currently the McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University. He has responsibility of starting what will become the 13th ABET - Accredited Construction Engineering program in the country. Previously he was Chief Information Officer for The Weitz Company in Des Moines for 9 years. During his tenure, the company has made significant investments in technology, including ERP, Document Management, Imaging, SAN and email archive, Business Intelligence, BIM, and CRM. Prior to joining The Weitz Company, Federle was the Professor-in-Charge of Construction Engineering program at Iowa State University, where he taught for nine years. In 1998, Mark was recognized by the ISU engineering student council as the outstanding Construction Engineering Faculty Member. In 1999, he was honored as the Outstanding Engineering Advisor. Mark’s career began in the construction industry working as a foreman, superintendent, and project manager for general contractors in Indiana and Michigan. Mark earned his PhD and Masters in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Michigan. Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Professional Constructor. Mark was awarded The Career Achievement Award by Rose-Hulman in 2005. He has served on the national boards and committees for many organizations, including the AGC, Quest International Users Group and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has developed and taught a variety of short courses on project management, company management, estimating, etc for many local and national organizations including AGC of America, NECA, SMACNA, MCAA.

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