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Takt Planning Workshop and Simulation

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P2SL (UC Berkeley - Clark Kerr Campus)

2601 Warring Street

Garden Room Building 10

Berkeley, CA

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The vPlanner team, Drees and Sommer, and P2SL will host a 2-day hands on workshop on Takt Time Planning (TTP) at P2SL in September. TTP is a Production Planning technique that can improve workflow reliability at the Phase Plan level when implementing the Last Planner® System (LPS). TTP reduces variability by setting a predictable production rate for standard activities across right-sized geographic work areas. The pace of work is established by adjusting crew sizes and fixing the durations of standard activities to perform similar steps across the geographic locations in succession. This disciplined production planning approach can align not only the workflow at the site, but also the overall flow of materials and information through the supply chain starting in design and moving into detailing, fabrication and delivery processes required to support the execution of the Takt sequences.

The workshop will utilize a hands on simulation game designed specifically to teach the concepts of Takt Time Planning and demonstrate how those concepts can be used to optimize flow. Additionally, it will introduce various techniques for managing the Takt Plans including purpose built tools like vPlanner and integrating the results into the overall Last Planner® System implementation.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic concepts of TTP.

  • Learn how to create Takt Plans and optimize flow.

  • Understand how TTP can be implemented within the larger context of the LPS.

  • Gain an understanding of when to best apply Takt Planning


September 26 and 27 from 9 to 5 PM.


Garden Room, UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus


Day 1:

9:00-9:30: Welcome and Introduction

9:30-10:00: Challenges in Projects and the potential of Lean Construction.

10:00-11:30: Simulation Round 1: Current Status without TTP.

11:30-12:00: Introduction to the TTP approach

12:00-1:00: Lunch break

1:00-2:00: Production Planning Step 1: The Overall Process Analysis Presentation and Workshop

2:00-3:00: Introduction to the vPlanner System and the representation and management of Takt plans

3:00-4:30: Simulation Round 2: Optimized construction sequence with elimination of waste and adapted process sequence played in the simulation

4:30-5:00: Wrap up of the day and Discussion

Day 2:

9:00-9:15: Summary of day 1

9:15-10:30: Production Planning Step 2: The Process and Takt Planning Presentation and Workshop

10:30-12:00: Production Planning Step 3: The Detailed Takt Planning Board on site Presentation and Workshop

12.00-12:45: Lunch break

12:45-1:30: Takt Planning with vPlanner

1:30-2:00: Simulation Round 3: Takted production plan on site

2:00-3:00: Takt Time Planning Project Examples (presenters TBD)

3:00-4:45: Open discussion about Takt Time Planning and future TTP Research Directions at P2SL

4:45–5:00: Plus/Delta


Patrick Theis: studied civil engineering at the Rhein-Main University in Germany and started his career in a consultant company for IT and Telecommunication in Berlin. After some years of experience he did a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Esslingen in Germany. In 2004, he started at Drees & Sommer, the biggest Project Management and Consultant company in Real Estate and construction in Germany. 12 year ago he started his own Lean Construction consultant group within Drees & Sommer with 40 consultants and developed a own Lean Construction Management (LCM) approach focusing on takt timing and collaboration. He is today managing director and partner within the Drees & Sommer group.

Samir Emdanat: is the Director of Management Services at Ghafari Associates. He is an industry recognized leader in managing Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) teams. In 2005 Samir was recognized by ENR as one of the top 25 newsmakers for his work with General Motors on the Virtual Factory Initiative which resulted in breakthrough innovations in schedule, cost, quality, and safety. Most recently, Samir developed vPlanner (http://www.myvplanner.com) a visual planning solution that supports the Last Planner System and continues to lead the implementation of Lean and VDC construction initiatives for a number of owners including automotive, governmental, hospitality, healthcare as well as contractors, and architects/engineers around the world.

Iris Tommelein: is P2SL director and Professor of Engineering and Project Management, in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. She teaches and conducts research to develop and advance the theory and principles of project-based production management including Takt Planning. Professor Tommelein an active participant in the International Group for Lean Construction. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) and received the Lean Pioneer Award 2015 from LCI, recognizing an individual (or organization) "who has moved the design and construction industry forward in embracing and implementing Lean tools and techniques on capital projects.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Public Transit: Take BART to the Berkeley (Downtown Berkeley) station & walk east about 1. 2 miles from there (~ 30 minutes). By Car: Park (for a fee) in the Southwest parking lot off Warring. Note that street parking in the surrounding area is limited to 2-hour parking.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Samir Emdanat (semdanat@ghafari.com) for any questions regarding this event.

What's the refund policy?

There will be no refunds for this event. However, if you register but find that you cannot attend, you may ask a colleague in your company to take your place.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Anyone from your company can take your place in the event of a last minute conflict.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

That is OK as long as substitutes are from the same company or organization.

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