Adoption of the “Lean Construction” method is positioning the company as a leader in high productivity services

Productivity and efficiency in the management of the projects have become a comparative advantage for the company HighService Engineering and Construction (HSIC), belonging to the holding HighService Corp.

This is due to the fact that the company, within the framework of its Operational Excellence Project, has implemented the “Lean Construction” model, which seeks to maximize the value and minimize the potential losses that can be generated in the projects, through tools that improve productivity of the processes, ensuring the deadlines and costs committed to their customers.

One of the benefits of this methodology is that downtimes are avoided due to poorly executed activities, incorrect work instructions, overcrowded areas, lack of resources, rework due to poor execution and poor planning of the works.

“Thanks to Lean Construction’s approach, we have significantly improved our procedures and execution processes, which positively impacts the final outcome of each project, benefiting our clients with successful contracts,” explains HS General Manager, Israel González.

Continuous improvement

The implementation of this methodology has generated a profound impact on the company, which has had to establish eight main objectives.

According to Anibal Amira, Manager of Development and Productivity, these stages are summarized in: 1. Stabilizing the processes; 2. Standardize and document the operations associated with critical processes; 3. Establish a methodology to determine critical risks and prevention and mitigation measures; 4. Improve critical business processes; 5. Establish a standard that allows evaluating performance and maturity; 6. Establish metrics and generate a new BSC that ensures the business; 7. Form leaders and ensure competence of hierarchical positions; and 8. Improve communication processes.

“Thanks to this new way of work, today we are a much more productive and efficient company, both internally and in the work we do for our customers,” assured the executive.

The company says that measuring the productivity of a site is a simple process, but achieving good results in productivity needs the support of the entire organization. In this way, HSIC is focused on the implementation of this project, programming the services, defining agile processes, establishing traceable records, adjusting the production capacity of the services, stipulating new formats, etc. “All this in a process of continuous improvement to achieve operational excellence in the execution of our contracts,” says Roberto Toledo, Quality Manager.

Greater savings and profits

Israel González assures that the use of the method “Lean Construction” has meant to obtain positive results in the projects, which have an impact on savings and profits for HSIC and its clients.

“The final result is the improvement of the entire engineering and construction process, and the reduction of all activities that do not add value, in order to achieve a simple flow, uniform and in a shorter execution time”, explains the manager general of the company.

The executive adds that, for this reason, the “Lean Construction” method considers construction not only as a transformation, but as a flow of resources to obtain a product. “In this way, you can visualize the abundant losses that are usually found in construction, and that the traditional work system that operates in the industry does not allow to see, anticipate or resolve,” he concludes.