https://doi.org/10.24928/2017/0212

House of Cards – A Simulation of Lean Construction Principles

Paul Pollesch1, Alexander Rovinsky2, Raul Alvarado III3 & Thais da C. L. Alves4

1Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy. Currently enrolled as a graduate student at San Diego State University. paul.pollesch@gmail.com
2Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy. Currently enrolled as a graduate student at San Diego State University. arovinsky@sdsu.edu
3Graduate Student, San Diego State University, raul3rd@gmail.com
4Associate Professor, J.R. Filanc Construction Engineering and Management Program, Dept. of Civil, Constr., and Env. Engineering, San Diego State University, USA, talves@mail.sdsu.edu

Abstract

The "House of Cards" simulation was developed to stimulate discussion and improve the application of lean production concepts (5S, flow, waste, kaizen, transparency, and collaboration) to construction engineering and management. It is a simple, scalable, hands-on exercise that enables a facilitator to lead teams to intuitively grasp lean concepts and their benefits to construction processes. The simulation requires minimal resources for each team: 3-4 players, a deck of playing cards, a timer, and a playing surface. “House of Cards” presents six phases of gameplay, and progresses from a worst-case scenario to an optimized ideal. The objective is to play the cards as quickly as possible to construct a 13-story building. As in construction, there is a logical sequence of work required. Lower floors must be built before upper floors, structural work must precede mechanical, and mechanical must precede finish work. This simulation was developed with a construction project context, but can easily be adapted to other industries. The analogies can be tailored to meet other industrial processes, and the floors can be changed to different parts of assembly or production lines.

Keywords

Lean construction, simulation, continuous improvement, 5S, flow improvement.

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Reference

Pollesch, P. , Rovinsky, A. , Alvarado III, R. & Alves, T.D.C.L. 2017, 'House of Cards – A Simulation of Lean Construction Principles' In:, 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Heraklion, Greece, 9-12 Jul 2017. pp 373-380

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