Every large construction site operates more or less like a company. But there is one crucial difference: the life cycle of the project is limited, and that makes every construction project unique in the literal sense of the word. As a result, the transfer of knowledge and networking among different project participants both have to take place extremely quickly.

On an international level, this challenge is being handled more and more by means of digital connectivity and applying leadership methods (such as Lean Management) taken from stationary fields of industry. Contract models are also adapted accordingly — from integrated project processing all

the way to partnership models with a joint risk buffer. The growing complexity of large-scale projects in particular can barely be managed any more without this cooperative approach. There is the risk of going over budget, not meeting deadlines and the inevitable negative public response. What’s more, in the future, even greater demands will be placed on the construction industry to build affordably and sustainably, which calls for even more collaborative effort to remain competitive on the market.

Staufen provides solutions which allow you to lower risks, manage complexity more effectively, and promote working together.

Staufen's concepts and solutions

Unlike other economic sectors, the construction industry is experiencing a loss in productivity. In classic construction-management projects, there are too many interfaces, and they lead to increases in processing time with long waiting periods. Poorly-coordinated supply chains and assembly processes make it impossible for the workflow to be continuous. Furthermore, oversized work packages and large inventories mean that keeping an overview of progress at the site is challenging.  As a result, it is difficult to respond quickly to changes or deviations from the plan.  Staufen supports you in organizing the processes at your construction site more efficiently. Relevant KPIs such as working capital and productivity are increased sustainably. In doing so, we implement principles and methods which are common practice in many other industries around the globe. Lean Management helps ensure streamlined construction and project management, stabilizes your processes and allows you to respond quickly to deviations and disruptions.

At construction sites, a number of different parties have to work together. The goal is to create a common perspective among project developers, architects and engineers as well as the many other fields involved, creating a smooth and cooperative basis for their joint efforts. Building information modeling (BIM) makes this possible: a variety of different kinds of information are linked using software and then visualized by means of a 3-D building model. Depending on the data linked, 4-D, 5-D and n-D models are also feasible. In addition to visualization, BIM also permits you to perform computer-assisted assessment of structural information. Staufen supports your company in data architecture throughout the entire project life cycle and making it accessible to everyone involved. This benefits not only the planners and people at the construction site itself, but clients and financial backers too.

Clients want short turn-around times, solid delivery reliability and top quality along with lower budgets. Complexity is increasing, and in tandem, the risks for companies are increasing as well. New kinds of construction and structures not only have to perform more than before, they also have to be ready to use faster than ever. The development process is thus a critical issue for companies: this is where the success of a project is largely determined. Our experience shows that many companies have significant optimization potential in this initial phase.  Staufen’s experts support you as partners in developing interdisciplinary projects and bringing them to maturity.

The role of leaders is in transition at construction sites as well. No longer is it enough for decisions based on facts, figures and data to be communicated transparently to all of the employees. Excellent leadership has to empower employees to tackle problems independently. The difficulties that emerge are then identified in due time and can be solved in a sustainable fashion. The goal is to establish a culture of continuous improvement throughout every area of the company. Our experienced consultants and coaches establish a steady system of regular communications with all of the trades involved and assist your management in overseeing the employees on site.

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Studie zur Industrie 4.0: Wissenslücken der Führungskräfte bremsen digitale Transformation