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Collaborative Planning & BIM - M4/M5 VisiLean Implementation Report

Publication Details

Authors: Kate Harrision, Atkins
Assessment Level: Addition to the evidence pool
Peer Review Information: N/A

Exec­u­tive Summary

This report describes the out­comes from an ini­tial trial of the VisiLean soft­ware on the High­way Agency’s M4/M5 project. It is a part of a series of three reports that out­line the process of imple­ment­ing lean and BIM, and rec­om­mends the process and tech­no­log­i­cal changes needed to imple­ment lean and BIM in an inte­grated man­ner. VisiLean is a soft­ware sys­tem devel­oped by researchers at The Uni­ver­sity of Sal­ford, which pro­vides a lean pro­duc­tion man­age­ment sys­tem inte­grated with Build­ing Infor­ma­tion Mod­el­ling. VisiLean sup­ports the lean col­lab­o­ra­tive plan­ning work­flow (also known as the Last Plan­ner Sys­tem™), while at the same time pro­vid­ing visual inte­gra­tion with BIM. The VisiLean sys­tem has been designed to be used by con­struc­tion teams, to help improve the effi­ciency of the pro­duc­tion plan­ning and con­trol processes.

As the High­ways Agency has been actively imple­ment­ing lean tech­niques on its con­struc­tion projects, espe­cially the col­lab­o­ra­tive plan­ning tech­niques, and also due to the recent drive in imple­ment­ing BIM (and being level 2 BIM com­pli­ant by 2016), the agency has been inter­ested in exploit­ing the syn­er­gies between these two ini­tia­tives and test­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties through a pilot project. The M4/M5 project in Bris­tol was selected to be the pilot project as it has been imple­ment­ing lean col­lab­o­ra­tive plan­ning and also had a BIM model.