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SSUD71-013: Managing Complexity in Construction (Maximising Value) January 2020 [Intensive]

General information

This subject addresses the importance of using modern Lean manufacturing and construction principles to minimize waste from all aspects of project productivity. The subject involves a critical review of standard approaches to onsite progress and productivity as compared with the potential advantages of using Lean construction principles not only onsite, but in the integration of Lean based on-site practices with Lean manufacturing principles for off-site fabrication where appropriate and viable.

The subject is taught in a highly interactive environment over two intensives, each of three days duration. The first intensive is dedicated to aspects of utilising BIM technology in determining work to be ‘manufactured’ on site and work to be ‘manufactured’ in pre-fabrication factories. The second intensive introduces students to using BIM/Lean/IPD principles to ensure project processes ensure maximisation of value in all aspects of design and project delivery.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design: Construction
Subject code:SSUD71-013
Subject title:Managing Complexity in Construction (Minimising Waste)
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Workshop: x2 (Total hours: 36) - 2 x 3 day workshop
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - No Description


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Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Evaluate BIM/Lean/IPD technology outputs to make decisions regarding manufacturing aspects of the delivery process that could contribute to minimisation of project waste.
  2. Assess potential construction delivery intentions using BIM platforms with a Lean construction focus within an IPD approach to determine the best combination and integration of on-site production and off site fabrication to minimize waste on projects.
  3. Synthesise various aspects of the 7 and 8 component models (depending on model source) for minimizing waste on projects with particular emphasis on - Minimising defects, Reducing unnecessary over production, Elimination of waiting time for materials delivery and other elements of construction process, Ensuring that human resources are employed and applied to optimally utilize their talents, Manage transport and inventory storage logistics to minimise waste, Reduce excessive and unnecessary processing and minimise non-essential motion around sites.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*In-Class Quiz - Individual Online examination with multiple attempts allowable 50% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
Presentation § Team contribution and presentation 30% Class stream dependent 1, 2, 3.
Presentation § Personal demonstration of knowledge 20% Class stream dependent 1, 2, 3.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

Pass Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Subject curriculum

Review the required BIM skills for contractors, as per the ACIF APCC BIM Knowledge and Skills Framework Understanding the effort of gathering and populating information during late design through construction, versus the value it adds for the contractor/client

The purpose of BIM on the project and interpreting the client's expectations Overview of different BIM documents (as per ISO 19650) and how they affect contractors

Understanding how BIM impacts delivery management, scope definition and HR considerations The importance of digital infrastructure, information mapping, and communicating scope and workflows

Planning model development and minimising model risk. The importance of clearly defining scope. The importance of model setup, monitoring, validating and reporting

Reducing energy, material and labour waste through BIM, Lean and IPD Site logistics including programming and safety opportunities

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