First published in 1997, this volume joined the debate assessing the potential of the Just-In-Time management philosophy from the manufacturing industry for Singapore’s construction industry by examining the "off-site" prefabrication of precast concrete components in Singapore, in comparison with traditional management systems. In the wake of the 1991 Strategic Economic Plan of Singapore, which forecasted alarmingly low productivity in the local construction sector, the authors noted that construction in Japan was 35% more productive, whilst Finland was 75% better. Highlighting immense potential for the JIT approach, they explore the JIT philosophy, traditional systems, construction wastes and comparisons between construction and manufacturing.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. The Just-In-Time Philosophy. 3. Traditional Manufacturing Management Systems. 4. Comparison Between Construction and Manufacturing. 5. Just-In-Time Operations in Prefabrication. 6. Accounting for Construction Wastes. 7. Measuring Just-In-Time Wastes in Construction. 8. Conclusion.