Architecture, Engineering & Environmental Services (AEC) Needs LeanAs a project-based industry, Architecture, Engineering and Environmental (AEC) services companies suffer from massive wastes due to inefficiencies that arise from siloed operations, systems and data. Disconnected processes and poor visibility into project performance results in inflated costs with unnecessarily large buffers and slack to account for these inherent inefficiencies.
As an AEC firm, you need a business solution that won’t hold you back, but allow you to flourish as you design, deploy and manage your projects from bid to cash and beyond. With the variety of projects facing AEC firms with any number of variables in play, how do you manage the ensuing risks such as expanding scope, managing subcontractors, or changing deadlines?
The way to mitigate the uncertainty is to make sure the information you have is accurate and timely so you can monitor your entire project portfolio continuously and react instantly when situations change. You need to become more lean, so you can remove the inefficiencies, gain control over your processes and remain agile enough to respond quickly to external factors.
Applying Lean to AEC Business
Traditional manufacturing boosted productivity tremendously by adopting lean and MRPII together in the early 1990s. These changes broke down the organizational silos and transformed the industry. We can apply this same model to AEC, using a fully integrated ERP to facilitate a lean transformation in your organization.
By adopting a lean approach, you can:
- Remove Inefficiencies - Align your organization, work faster and respond to changes more effectively.
- Improve Decision Making - Increase visibility to identify and react to risks early before they manifest into bigger problems.
- Increase Accountability - Gain control over your processes, stay in compliance, and learn as an organization.
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