An empowered collaborative planning method in a Swedish construction company - A case study
Paper in proceeding, 2015

The construction industry has seen several takes on planning methods, both in theory and in practice. One such initiative is the planning part of the Last Planner System (LPS) of production control, which has both been theorized and implemented at various degrees. However, with new developments in e.g., Building Information Modelling (BIM), it is relevant to study how an LPS implementation can be supported and improved with help of BIM. In particular it is interesting how BIM can be used to facilitate and enhance LPS in the phase planning. Furthermore, it is relevant to explore how BIM can enhance the understanding of the project at hand. For this a study was conducted on how a method inspired by LPS planning currently is applied in one of the larger construction companies in Sweden. The aim of the research is to describe the utilized planning method and explore possibilities to enhance the method. The research was conducted through observations of three full day workshops utilizing the method, complimented with a number of interviews. Strengths and weaknesses as well as its current use were identified and analysed. The observations, interviews and literature confirmed that the method is effective as well as presented indications that the current implementation of BIM in parallel with the method leaves room for improvement.

construction planning


information management



Mikael Viklund Tallgren

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management

Mattias Roupé

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management

Mikael Johansson

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management

Proceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 7-9 September 2015

Vol. 2015 793-802

Phase II - Virtual Produktion Planning with the help of BIM and visualization

Development Fund of the Swedish Construction Industry (SBUF) (13047), 2015-01-01 -- 2017-02-28.

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Building Futures (2010-2018)

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Construction Management

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