Implications of even flow production methodology for US housing industry

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dc.contributor.author Bashford, H en_US
dc.contributor.author Sawhney, Anil en_US
dc.contributor.author Walsh, K en_US
dc.contributor.author Kot, K en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-07T06:25:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-07T06:25:20Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier 2009006824 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Bashford H et al. 2003, 'Implications of even flow production methodology for US housing industry', Asce-Amer Soc Civil Engineers, vol. 129, no. 3, pp. 330-337. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0733-9364 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/13853
dc.description.abstract Production building in the residential sector is often described as the portion of the construction industry that is most like the manufacturing sector. In modem tract construction in the United States, a small number of models are generally repeated several times in a relatively confined area, using specialized trade contractors to complete each phase of each home. Management of the handoffs between predecessor and successor trade contractors is therefore a critical component in the successful completion of a residential project. In order to bring more reliable planning to this process, a workflow-leveling strategy known as even flow production has come into use in the industry in recent years. Even flow production is a strategy intended to reduce the variability in the workflow for trade contractors in the process, thereby gaining production efficiencies. In practice, different operational definitions are in use. This paper describes a series of simulation experiments to identify the management implications of two common strategies (activity-based versus start-based). A special-purpose simulation template was built for the Simphony environment for this purpose. The pace chosen for the flow of activities was found to significantly affect the speed at which the subdivision was completed. The even flow strategy was found to affect the subdivision completion time only slightly, but to have a significant impact on workflow variability and management effort. Control of the pace of starts of only the first activity exhibited nearly the same degree of variability as if the pace of starts were matched to a sales pace. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Asce-Amer Soc Civil Engineers en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2003)129:3(330) en_US
dc.title Implications of even flow production methodology for US housing industry en_US
dc.parent Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management-asce en_US
dc.journal.volume 129 en_US
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Preston en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 330 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 337 en_US
dc.cauo.name DAB.School of Built Environment en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 120200 en_US
dc.personcode 0000063161 en_US
dc.personcode 109510 en_US
dc.personcode 0000063160 en_US
dc.personcode 0000063364 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Building en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000182997500011 en_US
dc.description.keywords Construction; Simulation en_US
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