How Lean Construction Methods are Shaping the Future

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Adopted as a response to customer and supply chain dissatisfaction with the building industry, Lean project delivery methods seek to manage a project through relationships, shared knowledge and common goals in order to break down the traditional silos associated with construction. The results of this approach produce significant improvements in scheduling, in reducing waste and ultimately result in better overall project delivery and increased value to the owner. In a recent article, Erin Miller, Design Engineer for Southland Industries’ Mid-Atlantic division, takes an in-depth look at the ways lean practices can positively impact the future of building engineering and construction.

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The Blueprint

Andrew Tranovich

Building information modeling and lean principles have helped teams maximize production value while improving project coordination. Andrew Tranovich, senior project manager at Southland Industries, recently sat down with Engineered Systems to discuss lean construction, augmented reality, the firm’s work at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and more. Southland’s use of BIM has been helpful in its recent tenant improvement project at a 760,000-square-foot San Francisco building, Tranovich said.

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LCI Los Angeles and Orange County Community of Practice

Monday, November 18, 2019 – 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM PST
Garden Grove, CA

Southland Industries

Designers, constructors, owners, and trade partners from across the region will meet Nov. 18 for LCI Los Angeles/Orange County CoP’s Lean Coffee event, an open conversation in a low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to the Lean community. The event will be held in The Quad, a collaborative big room space inside Southland Industries’ Southern California division, to propose discussion topics around problems in the industry and the lessons learned along the way in embracing the Lead methodology.

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The Department of Energy’s $47M Investment Signals Impending Change for MEP Providers

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In April, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies 2019 Funding Opportunityfor $47 million. Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy, provides his insight into how these areas of focus for the DOE match up with the changing priorities Southland Energy is seeing in the industry. “This investment is hugely beneficial in that it brings customers’ attention to areas where they can improve energy and operational efficiency,” said Roner.

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Procore & ENR Webinar Series: Lean IPD Strategies from the Subcontractor Perspective

Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 14:00 EST

The Engineering News-Record and Procore teams will meet online with several suppliers and subcontractors on Nov. 7 to discuss construction initiatives with their free webinar series. The event includes Southland Industries’ Andrew Rhodes, Business Development Lead, who will lead a discussion on “Lean IPD Strategies from the Subcontractor Perspective,” focused on best practices to implement on IPD projects, plus concepts or technologies you can use to boost teamwork and efficiency within any project delivery method.

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