Watch DIRTT's case study about the Mosaic Centre. https://youtu.be/ZmB8ZzwG7pQ
Today was one of the darkest days for the project. At three o'clock this afternoon, I found myself smashing holes in the concrete floor on the fourth floor with a carpenters hammer.
How does IPD and Lean Positively Influence Culture?
Many people have started to hear the term “2-second Lean”; some have gone one-step further and tried to see how it works with a construction team. Here at Chandos construction, working side by side with Dennis Cuku of Oil Country Engineering, we have been implementing a change in mentality and culture on the construction site. There are many different ways and stages to implement this change; the simplest of them, one that everyone can do, is the 2-second Lean Win.
We are nearing the 4-month mark of the Mosaic Centre project and are knee-deep in details now. Last week I wrote about potholes that were showing up in the process by way of unforeseen discrepancies. What has transpired over the last week has renewed my steadfast, although slightly shaken, certainty in the IPD process.
As a co-op student and having very little experience in the construction management world the concept of IPD was extremely hard to comprehend. With no knowledge of the basic contracts used in construction it seemed like no one would ever be able to explain what IPD actually meant.
When we were first brought in to this project, it didn’t take long to notice that this was unlike any other enterprise we had been involved in. The walls between the various trades, engineers, architects and owners were nowhere to be found. If this project were a house, it would definitely be open concept.
When we started this journey 12 months ago, the entire core team made a promise to each other. We promised that, no matter how ugly it may be or how hard we might fall, we would tell the full story of the Mosaic Centre build (or failure to build). With this post I believe I am the first to record one of the potholes in the process.
Stephani shares about the International Living Futures Institute unconference, LEAN management practices, IPD process and how proud she is of the entire team.
Is there a better analogy to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) than a boat race across a river? Perhaps, but it’s the one that seems most fitting to me. If normal construction is a boat race to the other side of the river, then each trade, consultant, owner and contractor gets their own boat in the race. The boats could range from canoe to speed boat and anywhere in between. As the race progresses, some boats might run into mechanical problems, some might lose an oar, some might run out of gas … and some, just zoom to the other side with no problems. When all of the boats are on the other side, the race (or project) is complete.