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During our discussion on Lean Manufacturing we will cover several Lean Principles and how they can be applied to Engineering and Construction. We will focus specifically on how optimizing flow efficiency before resource efficiency is key. Then we will look at standards and how they can best support the ideal flow and translate into increased resource efficiency as well. The check points for QA/QC and how they can apply in engineering are very similar to manufacturing. The concept of inventory, which is fundamental in identifying wastes, can be difficult to find in engineering and construction, so looking for batching and moving to more just in time deliverables is very important. Metrics are vital in driving all this information, specifically productivity metrics beyond utilization. All these items tie back to Lean and the idea of finding wastes in the system and determining how to eliminate them systematically.
Eric Van Den Berg is the Director of Operations that oversees the Design Services function at Interstates Inc. in Sioux Center, IA. He has been with Interstates 6½ years. Before joining Interstates, Eric worked for Design Tanks in Sioux Falls, SD for 9 years. Design Tanks is a fiberglass tank manufacturer and where Eric first started to learn and understand Lean manufacturing principles. Eric has implemented some of the Lean principles he used in the manufacturing world to the engineering and construction processes at Interstates.