Autodesk University
How to Use Production Planning on Construction and Design Projects: Group Simulation
Hands-on lab    CS21645-L
Todd Elkins
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Description

Production planning. Last Planner System. Lean construction. These are all popular buzzwords in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry today. If you are not familiar with these and implementing them right now on your projects, this class is a must! This interactive workshop will address the problem of waste in planning and how the Last Planner System improves productivity and schedule reliability. We’ll introduce pull planning: a collaborative scheduling technique that enables teams to develop workflow working backward, thus enabling successor activities to determine what needs to be completed for them to start their work. We’ll put theory into practice in a hands-on, team-based, real-life construction and design simulation to emphasize the importance of pull versus push, reliable flow, and clear subcontractor commitments in the pull-planning process. The class will finish by showing how BIM 360 Plan web service helps the last planner by enabling teams to track task commitments and completion. This session features BIM 360 Plan and BIM 360 Field. AIA Approved

Key Learnings

  • Discover the Last Planner System, including master schedules, milestone pull-plans, 6-week look-aheads, weekly work plans, and daily huddles
  • Participate in a hands-on real-life simulation of a construction and design Pull Planning session
  • Learn how lean construction principles have forever changed planning in the AEC industry
  • Discover how BIM 360 Plan enables a collaborative Last Planner approach on projects by using cloud and mobile technology

Speakers

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Todd Elkins is a consultant and lean construction expert at Autodesk, Inc., focusing on construction. He spent 5 years developing and training lean practices for a large Bay Area-based general contractor before coming to Autodesk. He was the co-creator and first employee of ourPlan, which was acquired by Autodesk, Inc., in 2014, and has since been redeveloped into the new product, BIM 360 Plan software. Elkins is responsible for driving lean practices and principles into construction projects by capitalizing on technology. He is currently working with design and construction teams to change their business processes and turn information into insight. His specialties include lean construction, construction technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM) management, strategic planning, construction management, integrated project delivery, reliable promising, last planner system (LPS), pull plan scheduling, production planning, work structuring, and production innovation.
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Michael Moran is a consultant at Autodesk, Inc., focusing on construction. He helps customers optimize their construction processes through adoption of cloud-based BIM 360 tools, with a focus on design review, production planning, scheduling, field management, layout, and project handover to owner/operator. His master's thesis in construction management at the Delft University of Technology was a comparative study designed to assess productivity gains from using Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools on Skanska U.S. Building projects. Together with Skanska and Autodesk, Moran presented a webinar on this case study. Moran has taught 5 previous Autodesk University classes and has spoken multiple times about the benefits of cloud-based BIM at the European 5D Conference. Other experiences in the building industry include founding and running a concrete specialty forming firm, working as a consultant on major infrastructure projects, and obtaining a bachelor's degree in architecture.
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