Implications of even flow production methodology for US housing industry

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Show simple item record Bashford, HH Sawhney, A Walsh, KD Kot, K 2011-02-07T06:25:20Z 2003-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management-asce, 2003, 129 (3), pp. 330 - 337
dc.identifier.issn 0733-9364
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract Production building in the residential sector is often described as the portion of the construction industry that is most like the manufacturing sector. In modem tract construction in the United States, a small number of models are generally repeated several times in a relatively confined area, using specialized trade contractors to complete each phase of each home. Management of the handoffs between predecessor and successor trade contractors is therefore a critical component in the successful completion of a residential project. In order to bring more reliable planning to this process, a workflow-leveling strategy known as even flow production has come into use in the industry in recent years. Even flow production is a strategy intended to reduce the variability in the workflow for trade contractors in the process, thereby gaining production efficiencies. In practice, different operational definitions are in use. This paper describes a series of simulation experiments to identify the management implications of two common strategies (activity-based versus start-based). A special-purpose simulation template was built for the Simphony environment for this purpose. The pace chosen for the flow of activities was found to significantly affect the speed at which the subdivision was completed. The even flow strategy was found to affect the subdivision completion time only slightly, but to have a significant impact on workflow variability and management effort. Control of the pace of starts of only the first activity exhibited nearly the same degree of variability as if the pace of starts were matched to a sales pace.
dc.format Yes
dc.publisher Asce-Amer Soc Civil Engineers
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2003)129:3(330
dc.title Implications of even flow production methodology for US housing industry
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management-asce
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.volume 129
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Preston en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 330 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 337 en_US DAB.School of Built Environment en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1202 Building
dc.personcode 109510
dc.percentage 100 en_US Building en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000182997500011 en_US
dc.description.keywords Construction; Simulation en_US
dc.description.keywords Construction
dc.description.keywords Simulation
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building/School of Built Environment
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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