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Visual management in highways construction and maintenance in England

Tezel, BA and Aziz, ZUH 2016, 'Visual management in highways construction and maintenance in England' , Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management . (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the current Visual Management practices in highways construction projects in England. Design/methodology/approach Following a comprehensive literature review, the research topic was investigated by using five case studies and focus groups. Findings The main findings are (i) the current implementation of VM is limited, particularly on the construction field, (ii) there are some identified points (suggestions) that require attention to disseminate and advance the current practices further (iii) many conventional and BIM based opportunities to extend the current Visual Management implementations exist for the sector. Originality/value The highways construction and maintenance sector in England has been systematically deploying lean construction techniques in its operations for a while. One of those lean techniques is a close-range visual communication strategy called Visual Management. The literature on the Visual Management implementation in construction is scarce and generally limited to the building construction context. This paper documents the current industry practice in conventional and Building Information Modelling (BIM) based Visual Management and identifies a set of recommendations and some Visual Management ideas for future implementation efforts in the highways construction and maintenance sector.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0969-9988
Funders: Highways England
Depositing User: BA Tezel
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 11:39
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 11:39
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38848

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