Achieving a lean wayfinding system in complex hospital environments: Design and through-life management

Rooke, CN, Koskela, LJ and Tzortzopoulos, P 2010, Achieving a lean wayfinding system in complex hospital environments: Design and through-life management , in: 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 14-16 July 2010, Haifa, Israel.

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Complex products, such as buildings and other infrastructure, should aim to provide value to the customer over all stages of the product life-cycle. This paper considers some of the challenges associated with maximising customer value when designing, producing, implementing and maintaining a wayfinding system for complex hospital environments. The hypothesis of this paper is that the tri-partite conception of knowledge flow provides a robust evaluative framework for the problems of wayfinding in complex hospital environments. The framework supplements the concepts of information and practice, conventionally applied in knowledge management, with a conception of physical objects and environments as knowledge carrying entities which are constituted, recognised and used in the course of social practice. From a lean perspective, the problems of wayfinding must be reduced or eliminated through adopting a lean knowledge management approach. A review of knowledge management, design, wayfinding and lean literature, together with ongoing participant action research at Salford Royal hospital, are reported in this paper. To ensure that wayfinding information remains immortal throughout the long life cycles of the building, a Through Life Management (TLM) approach is suggested. Thus TLM is viewed as an important consideration in lean construction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wayfinding, Design, Tri-partite conception of knowledge flow, Lean knowledge management, Unique adequacy
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Publisher: National Building Research Institute, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: LJ Koskela
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 12:26
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:13
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