ILCE: 15 years of propagating Lean construction principles
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ILCE: 15 years of propagating Lean construction principles

The Institute for Lean Construction Excellence (ILCE) is a not-for-profit company established in November 2008 and registered u/s 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the creation of a world class Indian construction sector and to establish new global benchmarks in the performance of our construction projects. ILCE is also the premier institution in India for Lean construction, its propagation, and application. It provides a neutral networking platform to various stakeholders in the construction sector, including academic professionals, to discuss, develop and experiment with new ideas that help improve productivity and to reduce the wastage of resources in the construction industry.

Lean construction is an emerging project management paradigm derived from the successful practices of Lean manufacturing, which was developed by Toyota Motors in the 1940s. Lean construction is a concept developed around 1990 and has now been adopted in several countries. It came to India in 2008 when ILCE (Institute for Lean Construction Excellence) was formed.

ILCE was founded by the late Cyrus Mistry of Shapoorji Pallonji with the help of P. Sampath who held the position of Director General. The duo then identified like-minded organisations such as L&T, Tata, Godrej and the other founder companies like Afcons, URC, Arcop. They chose IIT Madras as the Knowledge Partner for ILCE.

The role of ILCE

Towards improving the awareness, propagation and practical application of Lean construction principles & concepts, ILCE has organised several Lean construction management conferences & training programmes over the past 15 years. This has helped construction companies and professionals in the construction industry gain knowledge about Lean concepts and practices. ILCE also engages with several international organisations and thought leaders in the field of Lean construction management. It constantly endeavours to enhance the deployment of Lean practices in the country. The ILCE charter member organisations are committed to lead by setting good examples in the effective deployment of Lean construction management within the construction & real estate sector. Several leading academic institutions such as IIT Madras, NICMAR, CEPT, etc. now include Lean construction management as a part of their curriculum.

They teach their graduate and post-graduate level students about Lean construction as a part of their construction management programs.

ILCE developments

Since 2008, ILCE has organised several seminars, workshops, and webinars in the country. These events have often featured expert international speakers such as Dr. Lauri Koskela, Gregg Howell, Dr Glenn Ballard, Dr Iris Tommelein, Dr Tariq Abdelhamid, Alan Mossman, Dr Carlos Formoso and several others. Lean construction has also become a part of the curriculum in many leading project management institutions in India and abroad. In 2013, Lean training programs were arranged for coaching and training teams from all founding member organisations. IIT-Madras designed the Lean modules. Eight pilot projects from these leading construction & real estate companies located across various parts of industry were selected for the Lean implementation program. The basic Lean philosophy of partnering and collaboration was driven among the project teams and vendors for improving the workflow, improving transparency and developing greater trust between stakeholders. At the end of this nine month long training program, there was a Lean competition conducted at IIT Madras, wherein each of the nine companies presented their Lean journey, leanings, and results in the form of interesting case studies on Lean implementation in their respective projects. These helped all the participants in benchmarking best practices and improve their understanding about practically implementing Lean concepts on various types of construction projects.

To popularise the concept of Lean construction in India ILCE made a beginning with the ILCC 2015 Conference held in Mumbai in 2015. Further to this ILCC 2017, ILCC 2019, ILCC 2021 and the international conferences IGLC 2018 and LIPS 2019 (Lean in Public Sector) were organised. The next Conference ILCC 2022 is to be held in Hyderabad, India from 13th to 17th Dec 2022. As in the previous conferences, the event will create a confluence of the Lean community involving designers, constructors, operators, and researchers on platforms like workshop day, industry day, and academic conference days.

ILCE 2021 at CEPT, Ahmedabad

ILCE Newsletters:
www.ilce.in/newsletters
ILCE also conducts Lean webinars and Lean community meets through its Indian Lean Community Online Meet (ILCOM) where many notable industry practitioners, academicians, and researchers join and share stories about their Lean journeys. Likewise, ILCE Technical Secretariat also shares the details about its new and upcoming initiatives for learning and engagement to facilitate an exchange of ideas on Lean journey, Lean learnings and challenges in its implementation.


Invitation sent to all ILCE members for ILCOMS

IIT-M has collaborated with NPTEL to launch the NPTEL -Lean Certification Course (MOOC) which will enable students, practicing construction engineers and architects to undergo training and certification. This has received a great response in terms of participation and ease of learning.The Lean Maturity Model (LMM) by IIT-M which will be released shortly will help construction companies better understand the level of Lean propagation, awareness and effective deployment in their respective companies.

Lean training through simulations

ILCE has now also launched Lean training using games and simulations to teach Lean concepts developed by IIT-M. These trainings are being conducted using the digital platform and have been found to be effective in teaching project engineers and other enabling team’s the key Lean concepts using P2SL computer simulations. ILCE with IIT-M has also in October 2022 launched its Supply Chain Training on Lean practices which helps the partners of construction companies learn the need to adopt the Lean philosophy and improve project delivery efficiencies with smooth workflows, improved safety and minimal quality related non-conformances.

ILCE’s membership drive

We are gradually ramping up our membership to include more key players in the construction industry. We believe this will help the Lean movement gain momentum. Construction companies would be able to get their staff and vendors trained and certified by ILCE. ILCE had organised a Lean Academic Conclave, to work with leading educational institutions which offer construction management as a subject at the postgraduate level to help them develop their curriculum. Such collaborations with institutions across the country help India develop Lean trainers. This, in turn, would help improve the awareness and deployment of Lean across a wide cross-section of stakeholders in the construction ecosystem.

The Institute for Lean Construction Excellence (ILCE) is a not-for-profit company established in November 2008 and registered u/s 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the creation of a world class Indian construction sector and to establish new global benchmarks in the performance of our construction projects. ILCE is also the premier institution in India for Lean construction, its propagation, and application. It provides a neutral networking platform to various stakeholders in the construction sector, including academic professionals, to discuss, develop and experiment with new ideas that help improve productivity and to reduce the wastage of resources in the construction industry. Lean construction is an emerging project management paradigm derived from the successful practices of Lean manufacturing, which was developed by Toyota Motors in the 1940s. Lean construction is a concept developed around 1990 and has now been adopted in several countries. It came to India in 2008 when ILCE (Institute for Lean Construction Excellence) was formed. ILCE was founded by the late Cyrus Mistry of Shapoorji Pallonji with the help of P. Sampath who held the position of Director General. The duo then identified like-minded organisations such as L&T, Tata, Godrej and the other founder companies like Afcons, URC, Arcop. They chose IIT Madras as the Knowledge Partner for ILCE. The role of ILCE Towards improving the awareness, propagation and practical application of Lean construction principles & concepts, ILCE has organised several Lean construction management conferences & training programmes over the past 15 years. This has helped construction companies and professionals in the construction industry gain knowledge about Lean concepts and practices. ILCE also engages with several international organisations and thought leaders in the field of Lean construction management. It constantly endeavours to enhance the deployment of Lean practices in the country. The ILCE charter member organisations are committed to lead by setting good examples in the effective deployment of Lean construction management within the construction & real estate sector. Several leading academic institutions such as IIT Madras, NICMAR, CEPT, etc. now include Lean construction management as a part of their curriculum. They teach their graduate and post-graduate level students about Lean construction as a part of their construction management programs. ILCE developments Since 2008, ILCE has organised several seminars, workshops, and webinars in the country. These events have often featured expert international speakers such as Dr. Lauri Koskela, Gregg Howell, Dr Glenn Ballard, Dr Iris Tommelein, Dr Tariq Abdelhamid, Alan Mossman, Dr Carlos Formoso and several others. Lean construction has also become a part of the curriculum in many leading project management institutions in India and abroad. In 2013, Lean training programs were arranged for coaching and training teams from all founding member organisations. IIT-Madras designed the Lean modules. Eight pilot projects from these leading construction & real estate companies located across various parts of industry were selected for the Lean implementation program. The basic Lean philosophy of partnering and collaboration was driven among the project teams and vendors for improving the workflow, improving transparency and developing greater trust between stakeholders. At the end of this nine month long training program, there was a Lean competition conducted at IIT Madras, wherein each of the nine companies presented their Lean journey, leanings, and results in the form of interesting case studies on Lean implementation in their respective projects. These helped all the participants in benchmarking best practices and improve their understanding about practically implementing Lean concepts on various types of construction projects. To popularise the concept of Lean construction in India ILCE made a beginning with the ILCC 2015 Conference held in Mumbai in 2015. Further to this ILCC 2017, ILCC 2019, ILCC 2021 and the international conferences IGLC 2018 and LIPS 2019 (Lean in Public Sector) were organised. The next Conference ILCC 2022 is to be held in Hyderabad, India from 13th to 17th Dec 2022. As in the previous conferences, the event will create a confluence of the Lean community involving designers, constructors, operators, and researchers on platforms like workshop day, industry day, and academic conference days. ILCE 2021 at CEPT, Ahmedabad ILCE Newsletters: www.ilce.in/newsletters ILCE also conducts Lean webinars and Lean community meets through its Indian Lean Community Online Meet (ILCOM) where many notable industry practitioners, academicians, and researchers join and share stories about their Lean journeys. Likewise, ILCE Technical Secretariat also shares the details about its new and upcoming initiatives for learning and engagement to facilitate an exchange of ideas on Lean journey, Lean learnings and challenges in its implementation. Invitation sent to all ILCE members for ILCOMS IIT-M has collaborated with NPTEL to launch the NPTEL -Lean Certification Course (MOOC) which will enable students, practicing construction engineers and architects to undergo training and certification. This has received a great response in terms of participation and ease of learning.The Lean Maturity Model (LMM) by IIT-M which will be released shortly will help construction companies better understand the level of Lean propagation, awareness and effective deployment in their respective companies. Lean training through simulations ILCE has now also launched Lean training using games and simulations to teach Lean concepts developed by IIT-M. These trainings are being conducted using the digital platform and have been found to be effective in teaching project engineers and other enabling team’s the key Lean concepts using P2SL computer simulations. ILCE with IIT-M has also in October 2022 launched its Supply Chain Training on Lean practices which helps the partners of construction companies learn the need to adopt the Lean philosophy and improve project delivery efficiencies with smooth workflows, improved safety and minimal quality related non-conformances. ILCE’s membership drive We are gradually ramping up our membership to include more key players in the construction industry. We believe this will help the Lean movement gain momentum. Construction companies would be able to get their staff and vendors trained and certified by ILCE. ILCE had organised a Lean Academic Conclave, to work with leading educational institutions which offer construction management as a subject at the postgraduate level to help them develop their curriculum. Such collaborations with institutions across the country help India develop Lean trainers. This, in turn, would help improve the awareness and deployment of Lean across a wide cross-section of stakeholders in the construction ecosystem.

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