Draper Was Pull Before Pull Was Cool
The concept of Lean Construction has become a popular buzzword within the construction industry in recent years.
Lean production techniques originally became popular in the 80’s – 90’s within the production and manufacturing industries and these techniques are now being applied to multiple other industries including construction project delivery.
The primary goals of Lean Construction include:
- Increased productivity
- Reduce waste
- Enhance quality
- Smoother Flows
- Proactive vs Reactive – less fire fighting
- Reduced Costs
One of the key principles of Lean Construction is the application of Pull Planning also known as the Last Planner ® System. The goal of Pull Planning is to manage inventory and in-process work to ensure that the materials and information needed for a smooth flow of work are available. Pull Planning stresses the collaborative development of the project plan by using input from project participants to develop the durations and sequence of the project activities.
With his background in aerospace engineering and manufacturing, Gary Draper began applying these techniques to construction in the late 1960s. Draper has been using this approach and refining the tools to implement it for over forty (40) years. Our scheduling procedure manual reads like a “How To” for translating the theories and the strengths of Pull Planning theory into a workable set of methods for implementation.
Over the past four decades, Draper’s consultants have spread the gospel of Pull theory. And, although thousands of successful projects and satisfied clients can attest to the outcomes, we just called it the Draper System. Others have now seen the value in this approach and have given it another name. But call it what you will, it works, and we are the firm that brings it to life.
When you choose Draper & Associates, your consultant brings with them a proven system that assists you in the implementation of the concepts of Pull Planning. Your consultant will utilize the Draper system to constantly look for opportunities to bring forward activities to improve the schedule as well as identifying risks that could impact the schedule. Our system breaks down silos to promote collaboration and focusing on goals as a team.
Contact Us today to learn how Draper & Associates can work with your team to efficiently and effectively implement the techniques of Lean Construction and Pull Planning.