2nd Edition

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction

By Lincoln H. Forbes, Syed M. Ahmed Copyright 2020
    522 Pages 145 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction is the new and enhanced edition of the pioneering book Modern Construction by Lincoln H. Forbes and Syed M. Ahmed.

    This book provides a multi-faceted approach for applying lean methodologies to improve design and construction processes. Recognizing the wide diversity in the landscape of projects, and encompassing private and public sector activity, buildings and infrastructure, the book expands upon the detailed coverage of integrated project delivery and new lean tools and techniques to include:

    • Greater emphasis on the importance of creating a lean culture and the initiatives required to transform the industry;
    • Expanded discussions of the foundational writings in lean construction theory;
    • Exploration of the synergies between "lean" and "green" initiatives;
    • Specific procedures for modifying planning and scheduling activities to improve the performance of the project team;
    • Expanded sections on quality, and topics that have become a part of the lean lexicon, such as Choosing by Advantages, "line of balance"/location-based scheduling, virtual design teams, takt time planning and set-based design;
    • Discussion questions for beginners and advanced lean practitioners; and
    • Improved cross-referencing within the text to help the reader navigate the frameworks, techniques and tools to support the application of lean principles.

    The techniques described here enhance the use of resources, reducing waste, minimizing delays, increasing quality and reducing overall costs. They enable practitioners to improve the quality of the built environment, secure higher levels of customer/owner satisfaction, and simultaneously improve their profitability. This book is essential reading for all those wanting to be at the forefront of construction management and lean thinking.

    1. Overview of the Construction Industry 2. Foundations of Lean Construction 3. Lean in Design 4A. Lean in the Construction Phase of the LPDS 4B. Location-Based Planning and Controlling Methods 5. Information and Communication Technology/ Building Information Modeling (BIM) 6. Performance Measurement 7. Lean Culture and training 8. Management and Worker Factors 9. The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Method 10. Lean Construction Applications. 11. Quality Management in Construction and Six Sigma: A Complement to Lean Construction 12. Sustainable Construction: Environmental Sustainability and Commissioning 13. Safety Management 14. General Lean Tools 15. Learning from Projects and Enhancing: Lean Project Delivery and IPD 16. Advanced Last Planner® System (LPS) Metrics for Construction Planning and Control. Glossary of Lean Terms


    Lincoln H. Forbes, PhD, PE, CM-Lean, specializes in Lean Project Delivery and lean management systems. A professional engineer, he has over 35 years’ experience in quality/performance improvement as well as facilities design and construction management support. Dr. Forbes is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) and the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC).  He holds the CM-Lean credential from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). He is a fellow of  the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and is the founder and past president of their Construction Division. A senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), he also holds the LEED AP designation. He held senior facilities-related positions with Miami-Dade County Public Schools earlier in his career. Dr. Forbes has also served in adjunct positions in construction management programs at East Carolina University, Florida International University, and Drexel University. He is a principal consultant for Harding Associates, Inc. in Miami, Florida. He holds PhD, MBA, and MSIE degrees from the University of Miami. He has authored several papers, columns, book chapters and books; he has served as a reviewer for the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and the Journal of the Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM).

    Syed M. Ahmed, PhD, is a full Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Construction Management at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina. He was Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Construction Management of the College of Engineering & Computing at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. He was also an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at FIU. Dr. Ahmed has over 35 years of international experience in industry, teaching, research, and consulting in the United States, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Mexico, and Jamaica. He is the author of several books and has published extensively with over 160 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and conferences in his areas of expertise. Dr. Ahmed is currently on the editorial board of more than six international journals and serves as the associate editor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering & Management and the Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM) journal.