Industry Day

2nd July 2019 – The Hogan Suite, Croke Park Stadium

The purpose of industry day is to provide an opportunity to share current best practice and challenges from both local and international projects. Specific keynote speakers and panelists have been identified based on their experience and knowledge of Lean Project Delivery both locally and Internationally.

The theme of Industry Day is Lean Leadership, Culture and Team Building. You will hear from local and international thought leaders and practitioners in lean through a mixture of focused Ted Talk style multi-media keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q&A. The “Godparents” of the IGLC community will share the origins of lean construction and where the latest thinking and developments are heading. In addition, leaders from all levels of project delivery – incl. CEOs, Project Managers, Site Managers/Superintendents, Trades and Lean Coaches – will share their roles in building successful project teams, creating lean cultures, and how they have overcome lean implementation challenges and resistance to new ways of working. Industry day will also include case studies from local and international projects.

Ireland’s National GAA Stadium – Host of IGLC 2019 Industry Day

The IGLC Industry Day will attract senior-level executives and decision-makers from the Irish and International AECFM community to create an environment in which to network, do business and access knowledge on the latest developments, trends, strategies and policies relating to the principles of Lean Project Delivery.

The IGLC Industry Day will:

  • Create a platform to showcase the Irish & International AECFM sector and to highlight operational excellence in the sector.
  • Lead the way in current design and construction best project delivery practices including metrics and forms of contract to support project teams.
  • Establish a forum to showcase what Ireland has to offer and to share, network & engage with key national & international companies and technologies.
  • Discuss, learn & develop the next steps for leading and creating the right culture in organisations with global aspirations & ambitions. Engage with individuals and companies at the next level of capability in Irish AECFM.
  • Act as a benchmark towards measurable progress towards operational excellence in the International AECFM community.
  • Bring together an International community of like-minded individuals to openly discuss the philosophy that pursues the continuous development of the AECFM sector.
  • To facilitate a communications medium and allow sharing of knowledge/learning with construction users, suppliers, researchers, etc.
  • To position Ireland as a recognised leader in Lean Project Delivery globally through the performance of the AECFM community.

This is very much a one-day event designed to bring together the International and Irish AECFM communities to openly discuss the challenges, benefits and latest developments in Lean Project Delivery.

Industry Day Plenary Keynotes, Panel Discussions & Case Studies followed by a tour of Croke Park for the international delegates

Industry Day structure will include:

Opening Plenary Session at Industry Day in IGLC 2018, India.
  • Opening welcome addresses by
    • Minister of Irish Government
    • Richard Fitzpatrick LCi Chairperson
  • Why, where & what – Panel Discussion (IGLC Thought Leaders) on the origins and future of Lean Project Delivery
  • How – C-Level Presentations on Lean Leadership & Culture
  • How – Enabling lean through leadership (Local & International Leaders)


  • How –Trade squads & off-site (but close-by pre-manufacturing)
  • How – Engaging the workforce through lean: A Danish Union & Employer Association Training Programme
  • How – Are people the missing link for success within execution?
  • How – people engagement panel discussion
  • How & what – Lean coaches – starting & sustaining success panel discussion
  • What – Local & International Case Studies
    • Los Angeles World Airport – Lean on a major infrastructure project
    • Value based contracts – An innovative Norwiegan approach to contracts
    • BMW – Takt Planning
    • Skanska Norway – Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)
    • Local case studies
  • What – case study panel discussion
  • Next steps – Takeaways and plus/deltas

Keynote Speakers will include……

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Cynthia C.Y. Tsao, Ph.D. – Navilean

Since 1997, Cynthia collaborates with fellow educators and researchers in academia and practice to help the Owner-Architect-Engineer-Contractor (OAEC) industry understand and leverage Lean Project Delivery to dramatically improve project outcomes and thus, better serve society. As a lean coach, she guides companies and project teams in Project Team Alignment, Project Decision Making, Design Management, Knowledge Management, and Collaborating with Trade Partners. With an eye for making explicit the handoffs of work between project participants, Cynthia uses her expertise in product-process design integration to help teams transform complex design problems into ones that are easier to manage and construct. She also helps companies and project teams sustain their lean journeys by figuring out how to efficiently use and enhance team member capabilities to foster a culture of continuous learning and improvement.


Dean Reed – DPR Construction

Dean Reed has seen a lot in his 45 years in construction. Having grown up in a construction family, Dean joined the U.S. Peace Corps as a Rural Construction Advisor in West Africa after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Upon returning home, he went to work with his tools as a Journeyman Carpenter, Welder, and Millwright, before discovering how he could use a computer to help his brother plan and manage large construction projects. His perspective changed dramatically in 1996 when he discovered Lean Construction and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) together. He brought that new thinking to DPR Construction when he began working there as a Project Planner in 1997. Since that time, Dean has worked tirelessly to help DPR people, owners, designers and trade partners understand and leverage their creative talents to deliver significantly better buildings. He is widely respected within the Lean Construction community in the U.S. and internationally. Dean often speaks at industry events and lectures regularly at Stanford University. He is co-author of Integrating Project Delivery.


Glenn Ballard – University of California Berkeley

Glenn has 44 years experience in the construction industry, as craftworker, project engineer, internal management consultant, external management consultant, educator and researcher. Glenn led development of the Last Planner System of production planning and control, now in widespread use throughout the world, adapted target costing for capital projects, and co-founded both the International Group for Lean Construction and the Lean Construction Institute. He has numerous publications on construction project management. His current research interests are in the areas of safety (the importance of psychological safety in preventing injuries) and cost modeling (creating the building information model from the voice of the customer).


Prof. Iris D. Tommelein – University of California Berkeley

Iris D.Tommelein is Professor of Engineering and Project Management in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UC Berkeley. She has been researching principles and methods of project-based production management for the architecture-engineering-construction (AEC) industry, which is termed Lean Construction, by teaming up with design specialists, general and specialty contractors, owners and suppliers to increase team performance. Iris is an expert on site logistics, layout, operations, methods design, materials management and supply-chain management. Iris served 4 years on the Executive Committee of ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT); she was a member of its Database and Information Management Committee and its Expert Systems and Artificial Intelligence Committee. She is a member of the Construction Division’s Construction Research Council. Iris served 3 years as the Secretary General of the IGLC. At different times she has also served on the Board of Directors of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). The ASCE recognised her with the 2012 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Prize and the 2014 Peurifoy Construction Research Award. LCI recognised her as an individual who has moved the design and construction industry forward in embracing and implementing Lean tools and techniques on capital projects with the 2015 Lean Pioneer Award.


Janosch Dlouhy – BMW

Since 2013 Janosch Dlouhy is charge of the implementation of Lean Construction, Lean Design and Lean Equipment in the Construction Department of the BMW Group. While working on his doctoral thesis at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) with the topic Taktplanning and Taktcontrol he was Supervisor of 36 Bachelor and Masterthesis and Mentor of the Recherarch Team „Team Lean“. His doctoral father is Prof. Sehrvin Haghsheno.

In the German Lean Construction Institute (GLCI) he is responsible for the group based in Munich. His master-thesis set foundations in Taktplanning and Taktcontrol and was honoured with the AGI Price in Aachen. He is one of four founders of the software start-up TaktPlan.


Juan Pablo Vasquez – DPR Construction

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Lars Kristian Hunn

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Lars Petter Fritzsoon

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Lauri Koskela

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Luis F. Alarcon – Catholic University of Chile

Luis F. Alarcon is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Catholic University of Chile where has served in a progression of administrative positions.  Currently, he is the director of the Iinterdisciplinary Center for Productive and Sustainable Construction (CIPYCS) and the Production Management Center (GEPUC).

He holds an Engineering degree from the Catholic University of Chile and M. Eng. MSCE and a PhD from UC Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor at The Ohio State University, Valencia Polytechnic (Spain) and Shimizu Visiting Professor at Stanford University.

He is a founding member of the (IGLC) International Group for Lean Construction and he has been a member of the Board of (CIB) International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. He is a member of the Panamerican Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Construction od the USA.

He is the autor of many research papers and several books”Identification and Reduction of Waste in Construction“, “Administration of Civil Engineering Projects“,”Planning and Control of Projects” and “Uncertainty Management in Repetitive Construction Projects using WIP Buffers”,  and he is the editor and co-author of the book “Lean Construction”.

He has developed research and consultancy for public and private organizations in several areas: Project Risk Modeling, Strategic Planning in the Construction, Lean Construction, Production Management, Improvement of Quality and Productivity.


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Michael Dalsgaard – 3F

As a carpenter and consultant in 3F (United Federation of Danish Workers), I have since 2010 worked together with The Danish Construction Association (employers’ organisation) to develop the Better Bottom Line program. The aim of the program is to optimize the working processes in construction companies within the building and construction sector.

The tools we use in the Better Bottom Line program are obstacle analysis, whiteboard meetings, LPS and not least involvement of employees. Involving the knowledge and competences of employees are crucial factors both before starting a project and continuously during whiteboard meetings held on the construction site with employees and management.

Approximately 120 companies have participated in the Better Bottom Line program since the start in 2010 until August 2018, where the program ended. The companies continuing with the tools and working methods have obtained good economic results, satisfied employees and last but not least a much better working environment.

The results from the Better Bottom Line program have been so good that 3F and The Danish Construction Association have chosen to continue the co-operation. The new program is called BYGEFFEKT.NU.

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Paz Arroyo – DPR Construction

Paz Arroyo holds a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from University of California, Berkeley. She has expertise on both teaching and implementing the Choosing By Advantages (CBA) decision-making system internationally for design and construction decisions involving diverse AEC stakeholders. Dr. Arroyo has taught Lean construction, and has delivered several workshops internationally about CBA. She has consulted large construction projects while working at LeanProject Consulting. She has published papers at several International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) conferences, and at peer reviewed journals on CBA. Currently, Dr. Arroyo lives in California, she is a Quality Leader at DPR Construction and she is an adjunct professor in the school of engineering at Catholic University of Chile. Dr. Arroyo is also cofounder of CollabDecisions a platform to share knowledge on how to make collaborative decisions. Her research interests are collaboration, decision-making, quality, lean, and sustainability in construction projects.


Randi Christensen – Lean, Value Management and Innovation Manager – COWI 

Randi is an experienced Project Manager with the ability to get a strategic overview to ensure a management and organisation supporting efficient delivery of services. With one leg in research and another in project management in the construction industry she enables development and progress by pragmatic implementing lean theories, tools and techniques. The experiences from practice is then fed back to research and lectures.

Currently she is responsible for implementation of Lean, improvement projects, Value Management Initiatives plus Innovation at Lean Manager at Lower Thames Crossing, a £5bn infrastructure project in London including the world’s third biggest bored tunnel. The work is cross disciplinary and across hierarchies of the fully integrated project team across JV Partners and Highways England.

Beside this she is a co-founder of Collab Decisions, which have as a purpose to bring more collaboration and inclusiveness into decision making in the construction industry.


Raul Eyzaguirre – COSAPI

Raul holds a Civil Engineer degree from the Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and is a Certified in Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) by the CIFE (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering) of Stanford University.

Raul is the VP of the BIM Peruvian Committee and member of the “Technical Sub-Committee of organization of information about construction works” in the National Quality Institute (INACAL).

Rual has 7 years of experience in the construction industry, of which 4 have been oriented to the management of projects enhanced by Lean thinking, the VDC methodology and the use of BIM tools during the design and construction stages of the projects. Raul had the opportunity to participate in very challenging projects in Peru, like “Banco de la Nacion”, which is the tallest building in Peru and the “Remodeling the Center National Sports (VIDENA)” for the Lima Pan-American Games 2019. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge to undergraduate students through BIM classes in Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and to different postgraduate students of the Peruvian construction industry through the BIM Management Program in the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC).

Currently Rual is the corporate leader of the VDC Department in COSAPI, leading the VDC implementation and digital transformation in the projects.

Rual firmly believes that the key to the success of projects is in people and their integration, he always stay open to new ideas, technologies and work methodologies, with a quick adaptation to change, always ready to learn and share new knowledge and experiences, convinced of the work in team and collaborative, and always looking for new challenges that test my abilities.


Roar Fosse – Head of Department BIM & VDC – Skanska Norway

Roar is passionate about supporting project teams with modern ways of working by aligning lean process thinking with BIM-related technology advancements. He completed his master’s degree on applying lean principles to improve on-site construction work, but started his Skanska career as a BIM coordinator.

After a few assignments of lean-related efforts, he was able to combine the two as part of a strategic group developing a new framework for modern collaborative project practices, henceforth known as Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).

In addition to advancing practices in Skanska Norway, Roar is also active on arenas across the industry through being a board member of LCNO (Norway’s equivalent of LCI) and DKT (one of Norway’s biggest conferences on digitalization in construction), as well as being a frequent guest speaker and master thesis advisor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Søren Leth Nielsen – Zephyr Consulting 

In this session you can expect insights to the development of successful execution for projects; based on a foundation of trust and collaboration. The insights will unfold both good and bad experiences, with perspectives from; strategic, operational and tactical level. Søren Leth Nielsen has more than 25 years of experience within management and development of employees and organisations in a global setting. He works globally within Project Management as a Lean Coach and Trainer of professionals and executives. He has developed and executed concepts within Lean Construction, that have proven to be very successful at both site and project level in projects ranging from $100 million – $6 billion (primarily Renewables and Oil & Gas). The concepts have had significant positive impact on; cost, schedule, risk and safety. He believes in empowering and trusting people. As this combined with focus and transparency, results in continuously high performance. Main reason for the above-mentioned success has been the involvement of both blue-& white-collar workers within the projects and organisations. In general, Søren believes that people wants to do well, when given the opportunity to do so.


Steve Savage

Citu are a multi award-winning sustainable and innovative UK developer tackling climate change head-on by combining lean and passive house principles to provide customer value while helping them to reduce their carbon footprint. Citu’s ambition is to be a disrupt or of housing: zero-carbon, innovative, and using cutting edge technology to create great places to live, work, learn and play. Citu’s unique story includes an integrated project delivery model with an off-site manufacturing facility, multi-skilled trade “squads” and much more! You will hear from Citu’s Operations Director Steve Savage (formerly BMW Manager) about Citu’s purpose and how Citu’s Leadership “walk the talk” and build trust to create the Citu’s culture. Steve trained as an electrical and mechanical engineering apprentice before going on to study design and management at university. He worked for BMW for a decade where he oversaw the production of more than two million MINIs at the company’s plant in Oxford.


Dr Steven Ward MCIOB – RSS18404 Lean Expert – Lean Construct Ltd

Steven has a lifetime of construction experience beginning as an apprentice carpenter, progressing to chartered builder and achieving a doctorate in civil engineering. His research examines critical success factors for the application of lean thinking within the construction sector.

He understands the industry at a very practical level and has utilised this knowledge to help many organisations successfully apply lean thinking to the design, construction and maintenance of the built environment.

Steven began work with lean in 2001 with Bristol based Pearce Group (now ISG) where he was encouraged to pursue his interest in lean thinking. Collaborative Planning Techniques were developed and applied which resulted in project lead time reductions of 30% in the Hotel & Retail sectors. In 2004, he joined the BRE’s Construction Lean Improvement Programme (CLIP) as a master engineer, utilising his ability to practically apply lean thinking to construction. In 2009 Steve began work for the University of Dundee, leading the Scottish Construction Centre’s lean programme and working as the academic supervisor for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with a local construction company, in addition to the wider brief of embedding lean thinking within the Scottish Construction Sector.  The three-year KTP resulted in a five-fold increase in profit against a static turnover, an “outstanding” classification from the Technology Strategy Board and a best of the best finalist.

In 2016, Steven’s knowledge and experience of lean was examined by the Royal Statistical Society and he achieved ISO 18404 certification at the highest level as “Lean Expert” one of the first in the world to meet this standard.

Steven first worked in Ireland in 2006 at the Intel site and in 2013 led a successful Lean Pilot on behalf of CIF with seven MEP contractors. Steven continues to fully support LCI and the Irish Construction Sector.

A systems thinker, passionate about helping teams and individuals succeed, Steven is leading practitioner of continuous improvement within the construction sector.