Introduction to Lean Construction, Vancouver, BC.

With the rapid changes in the economy, come explore Lean Construction, and the benefits it can provide your company in increasing safety, efficiency, and reducing waste in the design and construction process.

Introduction to Lean Construction provides an overview of Lean Construction and its underlying theory, principles and techniques through practical, hands-on workshops on the theories tools and instruments effective for design and operation of a construction project.  Key focus will include improvement of the project based production systems and its control.  The Last Planner System of production control, the essential planning system for lean projects, will be described and its function explained.  This session is a must for people and companies considering adopting Lean Construction.

What are the benefits of Lean Construction?

  • Reduced Cost
  • Improved Profitability
  • Compacted Schedule
  • Improved Product Quality
  • Improved on-site safety
  • Decreased RFI's and Change Orders
  • Contracting that equitably shares risk
  • Value Based Project focus
  • Integrated Team based project leadership


Glenn Ballard, University of California-Berkley

Glen Ballard is co-founder and researchdirector of the Lean Construction Institute.  Dr. Ballard brings 25 years of construction industry expertise to his role as a recognized expert in the area of project performance improvement.  He ahs worked as manager, trainer and consultant with a myriad of organization ranging from construction & engineering firms, public utilities, and international oil and gas manufacturers.

Robert Blakey, Strategic Equity Associates

Robert Blakey is the founding principal of Strategic Equity Associates.  Robert graduated from California Coast University with both a Bachelors of Science in Management and a Masters of Science in Engineering Management.  Robert has over 20 years experience in management with much of it in the area of Facilities Management and Project Management.  His experience includes work with both marine and land-based central plant facilities with capacities ranging up to 68,000 Hp (50,000KW).  Robert is a noted Lean Construction speaker and educator with LCI, IFMA, Tradeline, ASHE, and AIA.

Mike Sweeney, Turner Construction Company

Mike Sweeney is Turner Construction Seattle's Process Improvement Manager and is devoted to improving projects by implementing the concepts of Lean and the Toyota Production System.  Mike is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree.  Mike has a Masters in Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.  Mike's experience includes 10 years designing nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy with General Dynamics' Electric Boat Corporation.  Mike has worked for Turner Construction in Seattle since 2005.  Most recently Mike was the on-site MEP Superintendent for Harborview Bond Project, a $292 Million expansion to the existing hospital.





$600 LCI Members. 

     LCI Individual Members are allowed to bring one guest at the membership pricing.  LCI Corporate members are allowed to bring guests from their company, project teams, or clients as the Member rate.

$800 LCI Non-Members

     LCI Non-Members Rate includes one year membership with Lean Construction Institute.


Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

There is a block of rooms on discount for attendee's at our conference.  Make your reservations early!

Fairmont Room $159CAN/135US

Fairmont Deluxe $209/177

Reservations can be made online at



Thursday, January 22, 2009

7:00         Breakfast and Registration

8:30         Welcome

9:00        Lean Concepts Primer

10:30      Airplane Simulation

12:00      Lunch

1:00        Lean Roadmap

2:00        Integrated Project Delivery

3:00        Relational Contracting

4:00        Target Value Design

6:30        Networking Dinner- this is hosted, please note if you will attend when you register.  Additional tickets will be available for purchase for Business Associates, Clients, Spouses, and Other Guests.


Friday, January 23, 2008

8:00       Question and Answer

8:30       Parade of Trades

10:30     Last Planner

12:00     Lunch

1:00       3 Big Opportunities

2:30       Construction Case Study

3:30       Design Case Study




Name Sales End Price Fee
Member Ended $600 $7.95
Non-Member Ended $800 $7.95
Student-Academic Ended $350 $7
Dinner Guest Ended $50 $1

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