Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
González V., Orozco F., Senior B., Ingle J., Forcael E. and Alarcón L.F. (2015)

LEBSCO: Lean-Based Simulation Game for Construction Management Classrooms

Revista : Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Volumen : 141
Número : 4
Páginas : 11pp
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Simulations and classroom games are effective hands-on learning tools for construction management students and practitioners. This paper presents the background, methods and results of a new simulation management game called LEBSCO, which simulates aspects of the Last Planner System (LPS) and Lean Production principles. LPS is central to the implementation of Lean Construction, an increasingly popular management approach based on the Toyota Production System and Lean Production. LPS requires continuous and collaborative effort from all stakeholders for the planning and control of a construction project, making it especially appropriate for the experiential learning allowed by simulation. LEBSCO consists of the assembly of LegoTM pieces to form a schematic house, and it is played by teams meeting in rounds simulating weeks of work. Each team is composed of stakeholders, such as a planner, resource suppliers and trade foremen, mirroring the planning and control process of a typical construction project. Participants build the Lego houses first using a Traditional management approach and then using Lean-based approach. A graduate course in construction management at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, is used as a case study to test the effectiveness of LEBSCO as a teaching method. The implementation results of LESBCO demonstrated its capability to transfer and disseminate Lean-based knowledge into construction.