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30 November 2018

Workshop on Applying Lean Concept to Improve Productivity for Affordable Housing Construction

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On 12th of October 2018, Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) held a workshop on Applying Lean Concept to Improve Productivity for Affordable Housing Construction in Adya Hotel, Langkawi. The workshop was co-organised by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and University Technology Malaysia (UTM). The workshop has attracted 25 industry players from government and private agencies. The objectives of the workshop were:

  • To identify current practice of lean concept, IBS, BIM and DfMA in housing construction in Malaysia
  • To determine issues and challenges in implementing lean concept, IBS, BIM and DfMA for housing construction in Malaysia
  • To provide form of incentives to be introduced to the industry through productivity

CREAM was fortunate to have distinguished speakers from Singapore; Prof. Dr. Low Sui Pheng from National University of Singapore (NUS) who generously shared his knowledge on Lean Construction and Leanness of Construction to Enhance Productivity and Mr. Ramamoorthy Rajendran from Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Singapore to share his experiences in Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) in Housing Construction and how it has successfully transformed the construction industry in Singapore. Our CEO, Ir. Dr. Zuhairi Abd Hamid was also present as a speaker to share his insights on Productivity in Precast Concrete Construction for Affordable Housing.

Prof. Dr. Low Sui Pheng organised a very interactive group discussion with the participants by inviting them to identify which area in the IBS procurement mode could contribute to downtime waste during construction and how lean principles can eliminate the downtime waste.

Ir. Dr. Zuhairi facilitated the second group discussion by introducing the participants the productivity incentives suggested by CREAM in Sustainability Study for IBS Productivity Incentive in Malaysia Construction Industry. The participants were exposed to the current measurement criteria used in the study and worked together to recommend other relevent criteria that can be added in the study.

At the end of the workshop, Ir. Dr. Zuhairi introduced to the participants Guideline for House Manufacturing that is currently being developed by CREAM. The Guideline aims to be as a reference for industry players who are interested in using technology when manufacturing a house. Together with Mr. Ramamoorthy, the participants came together to validate and improve the Guideline to ensure its best practicality in Malaysian construction industry.


Presentation Link :

Prof Ir Dr Zuhairi Abd Hamid

Mr Ramamoorthy Rajendran

Prof Low Sui Pheng


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