Implementing Elements of Last Planner® System in the Orchestra Wheel Method

Natalia A. Cossio1 & Luis A. Salazar2

1Student Civil Engineering, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile, [email protected]
2PhD Candidate, Department of Construction Engineering and Management, Pontificia Universidad, Católica de Chile, and Assistant Professor, Construction Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 2661 8346, [email protected], 7339-8935


Due to the high costs and low level of productivity of high-rise building constructions, it is necessary to plan the Tower Crane’s stay on site. In a first instance and to establish a baseline, a survey was conducted along with a Panel of Professional Experts to validate how the Tower Crane works and the performance indicators mostly used in Chile. The authors then developed a planning methodology, which has its origin in the “Orchestra Wheel” method but incorporates elements from the Last Planner® System. The primary aims were to achieve strategic planning and greater logistical detail to program the crane, generating greater control of the fulfillment of tasks, adding stages for better planning, and improving productivity. This new method was validated with an expert in the "Orchestra Wheel" methodology and with a Panel of academic experts and researchers who specialize in LPS—posing as future research, implementing this methodology in different high-rise building construction projects.


Planning system, orchestra wheel, Last Planner® System, high-rise building



Cossio, N. A. & Salazar, L. A. 2021, 'Implementing Elements of Last Planner® System in the Orchestra Wheel Method' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 657-666

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