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30% efficiencies for Highway Sector using 'LEAN' system

Location:   Washington, D.C.
Begins:   May 24, 2011 12:30
Ends:   May 24, 2011 14:00


Martin Perks
, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald Group

Henry Kerali, Transport Sector Manager, Europe and Central Asia Region

LEAN = Process Improvement = Savings in Time and Money = Client Satisfaction 

LEAN is a process and product improvement tool which identifies causes for downtime, such as Loading, Maneuvering and Queuing time and then implements systems to improve the process.  Simplistically, LEAN involves studying all of the activities carried out, identifying poorly coordinated or unproductive activities and works to eliminate waste and improve value.
Following the Nicholls Report in 2007, the UK Highway Agency (HA) was challenged to put in place process improvement across the highways construction sector in the UK. This industry wide change to implement LEAN, affected all parties within the highways community, nationally reducing the cost of highways maintenance, renewal and development. During construction, people are normally immersed in the day-to-day activities of running the project and delivering the contract on time and to budget.   Mott MacDonald has designed a methodology for recording and transferring LEAN knowledge that can be used for assessing whether an operation is as effective as it could be for any type of civil works, including construction of foundations, retaining walls, culverts and bridges, drainage, lighting, communication, pavements, etc. From the initial 23 process improvement activities coordinated through this implementation program, the UK HA has seen significant overall savings on their investment programme.

Mr. Martin Perks, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald Group heads the Government Sector Portfolio with ultimate responsibility for all Cost Program and Performance Improvement service deliveries carried out for customers in the Public sector. His knowledge covers a range of industry sectors and he has technical skills in Partnering, Performance Improvement, Private Finance Initiative (PFI),  Project Management, Cost Management, public sector asset management, whole life costing, sustainable procurement, negotiation and successfully delivering on time, within budget.  

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Last updated: 2011-05-24

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