Lean Construction in the Utility and Infrastructure Industry

Posted October 13th, 2016

Implementing lean construction can play a significant role in improving the performance of companies who operate in the Construction Utility and Infrastructure (UI) markets. In this paper Andrew Apostolik, Group Engineer, Civil Group, at Sundt Construction, Inc. describes the ways lean construction can benefit companies that implement Lean Construction beyond building construction.


Start Your Lean Journey with AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program

Posted August 30th, 2016


Jeff Esgar, the Chairman of AGC’s Lean Forum, describes Sundt Construction’s journey implementing Lean Construction in this webinar recorded for The Lean Construction Institute’s Lean Congress Exhibit Hall Webinar Series.

Lean Construction is driven to minimize costs and maximize value on each project completed, challenging all stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process. Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost — from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to designers and contractors who want to do their job well and move on to the next project.

Throughout the construction process the holistic pursuit of continuous improvement drives more efficient, effective, and economic projects.

On a corporate level, lean is most effective when embraced by all areas of the company. To do so, senior management must understand the need for and advantages of lean implementation. Lean is also an individual journey. All project team members must work together on a daily basis, incorporating lean principles into their most basic work, to see the true benefits of lean.

AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) is the curriculum available to help you reach these goals. The LCEP consists of seven units that instruct all aspects of lean, allowing practitioners to benefit from these principles.

LCEP courses are held nationwide at AGC Chapters and facilitated by AGC approved instructors. The seven-unit series is intended for those individuals who will design and implement a lean transformation strategy within an organization.

  • Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
  • Unit 2: Pull in Production
  • Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
  • Unit 4: The Last Planner® System
  • Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
  • Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
  • Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools

Certificate of Management – Lean Construction (CM-Lean)

The AGC Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to lean adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program. Successful candidates carry the CM-Lean designation.

CM-Lean candidates must successfully complete the seven Lean Construction Education Program courses, provide AGC with record of completion and have an approved application in advance of exam administration. The CM-Lean exam is available to all eligible candidates.

Jeff Esgar will be instructing LCEP Units 1 and 2 at the LCI Congress in Chicago, IL on Monday October 3rd. Click here for more information: http://www.lcicongress.org/agenda/

AGC BuildCon 2016: Transforming BIM & Lean into Risk Management, Oct. 18-19, 2016| Atlanta,GA

Posted August 16th, 2016

Be sure to register for the premier building contractor’s event! BuildCon 2016 brings together high-level leaders in the building construction industry to share, learn and discuss the issues that are essential to them and their business.

NEW this year, BuildCon attendees will have access to the Fall BIMForum sessions too –  allowing attendees to interface with Designers, Specialty Contractors, Engineers and Owners to talk about the issues that matter most.

Session Highlight:

Transforming BIM & Lean into Risk Management

Looking for new tools to manage risk on your projects?  Ever thought about how BIM and Lean working together could be the answer you’re looking for?  In this session you will come away with a new and fresh understanding on how using these tools together will bring your project to a new level of collaboration to create a network of commitments leading to continuous flow and predictable outcomes, all the while minimizing your risk.  Perspectives will be given from a General Contractor, Specialty Contractor, Architect and an Owner including an interactive panel discussion tackling any questions you have on Lean construction, BIM and the risks you face day to day on your projects.

Presenters: Ted Angelo, Executive Vice President, Grunau Company; Bernita Beikman, AIA, EDAC, LSSBB, Principal, Director of Lean Strategy, HKS, Inc.; Jared Doxey, Director, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Division, LDS Church; Ashley Phelps, CM- Lean,  Lean Practices Manager, Gilbane Building Company

Moderator: Jeff Esgar, CPC, LEED AP, CM-Lean, Sundt Construction, Inc.

For more details contact Sarah Gallegos at gallegoss@agc.org, Paige Packard at paige.packard@agc.org  or visit http://meetings.agc.org/buildcon/.