Centre for Lean Projects Research Showcase Day

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Date(s) - 09/03/2016
9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Nottingham Conference Centre

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The Centre for Lean Projects at Nottingham Trent University is a leading research group entirely focussed on adapting the Lean Production philosophy to the construction sector. Based on 15 years of research effort the Centre now has three funded Research Fellows and 8 PhD researchers working on an integrated set of research objectives.


Current research efforts focus on 3 related areas to build new understanding and develop new practices:

  1. Resolving issues surrounding the deep seated resistance to collaboration that continues to reveal itself in ongoing studies. This resistance persists even where the project arrangements are purposefully made to instil collaborative practices e.g. frameworks and relational contracts.


  1. Investigating the nature of waste beyond Toyota’s 7 process wastes to reveal an institutionalised culture that fails to recognise and deal with the impact of vested interests, power relationships and opportunism where project value is sacrificed to cost recovery.


  1. It is clear that shared goals do not lead to shared understanding – we are developing frameworks and mechanisms to generate shared understanding to deliver shared goals better using lean principles and philosophy.

Specific research to be showcased on the day is listed overleaf. Each session will allow for questions and discussion to enable deeper investigation and learning.


The learning points from the day will be captured and the future directions identified.


Cost is £25 pp plus VAT. Numbers limited to facilitate questions and discussion.


Contact Christine.pasquire@ntu.ac.uk to reserve your place



8:30 – 9:00      Registration

9:00 – 9:15      Welcome and introduction – Professor Christine Pasquire, Director of Studies

9:15 – 11:15    The leading edge of construction planning

  • Patrick Dupin – Takt Planning: theory and application through action research on a multi-project site.
  • Vince Hackett (provisional) – First Run Studies, Last Planner and human engagement – LNG refurbishment in Karatha, Australia
  • David Long – Last Planner and health and safety, the view from California and what happens in the rest of the world
  • Emmanuel Daniel – Resistances to Collaborative Planning through human behaviour and procurement

11:15 – 11:30              Break

11:30 – 12:30  Systems and professions

  • Saad Sarhan – Institutionalised waste embedded in procurement, contract terms and construction business models. Examples from the UK
  • Sa’id Ahmed Rashid – Is there a role for the Quantity Surveyor within a lean project production system? A preliminary exploration of ideas.

12:30 – 13:15              Lunch

13:15 – 14:45  Lean from the Clients’ perspective

  • Paul Ebbs – Developing a Lean Project Delivery System from scratch. Why would a Client want to do that? Action research within Capenhurst Nuclear Decommissioning Ltd
  • Emmanuel Daniel/Saad Sarhan – Monetizing human factors and delivering Social Value in the Highways Sector.With Highways England
  • Muktari Musa – Can Value Management and Lean Construction be integrated to improve value creation?

14:45- 15:00                Break

15:00 – 16:00   Round table discussion and plenary

16:00               Plus/delta

16:10               Farewell & Close


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