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    Balfour Beatty Lean Champions Represent at LCI Congress in Chicago

    November 01, 2016


    Operational leaders from across Balfour Beatty Construction U.S. joined more than 1,300 building owners, architects, engineers, trade partners and peers to share how they are transforming project delivery using Lean methods at the recent 18th Annual Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress 2016 in Chicago from Oct. 3 - 7. LCI Congress is the leading conference for the Lean design and construction community.

    Scott Skidelsky, senior vice president of national business acquisition, observed that conference participants he encountered were “all in” to improve the industry. Several Balfour Beatty experts had speaking opportunities on multiple stages and their various LCI leadership positions.

    During the first plenary session Bevan Mace, vice president of national operations and lean, made the “business case for Lean” by presenting findings from two national research studies with Dodge Data & Analytics and the University of Minnesota. The research he presented provides empirical evidence that high Lean intensity projects are three times more likely to finish ahead of schedule and two times more likely to finish under budget. One myth Bevan and the research dispelled is a typical notion of “A teams” – finding that “A team” behaviors can be fostered and coached through IPD and Lean methods.

    In the second plenary session, incoming LCI Chairman Mark Konchar, and Balfour Beatty chief innovation officer, announced the Institute’s 2017 theme of “Enabling Lean Communities” by expanding on the business case for Lean and individuals’ capacity to deliver. In a subsequent presentation, Mark shared his insights on how to unlock the full potential of teams using SmartStart® - Balfour Beatty’s process for supporting teams with behavioral and value alignment, governance, milestone planning and proactive risk assessment to maximize opportunities for success.

    As part of the Lean Lab series, Daniel Shirkey, senior director of technology and operations improvement in San Diego, shared his expert insights about how virtual reality technology is helping transform the industry. Daniel went on to discuss how virtual reality presents an amazing opportunity to break down the barriers of technology through the immersion it provides with BIM - enhancing our ability to plan, explore and interact with our buildings and our teammates like never before.

    Steve Smithgall, our SVP of national safety and operations, continues to reinforce his reputation as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the interaction of people in the never-ending pursuit of Zero Harm in the construction industry. As part of the conference’s safety track, Steve joined Dodge Data & Analytics to present the results of its most recent safety research and to share how our relentless focus on people – through leadership coaching, making it safe to report near misses, and reinforcing safe behavior with positive recognition - is shaping our safety culture.

    Our commitment to effectively delivering value for our employees, clients and supply chain partners is driving our Lean journey. Together, it’s imperative that we continue working to share experiences and lessons learned so that we continuously deliver increasing value.