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Intel collaborates with Jones Engineering, SCEG, Phathom HQ and Construction Innovation Lab to drive Lean Construction practices in Ireland

Launch of the Lean Construction Institute – Ireland Community of Practice

On April 16th Intel Ireland together with Jones Engineering, SCEG, PhathomHQ and Construction Innovation Lab, launched the first Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Community of Practice (CoP) in Ireland.

The launch involved a kick-off event for the Irish CoP which was attended by more than 200 people from across the construction industry and beyond. The purpose of the inaugural event was to raise awareness of Lean Principles in the Irish Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry and demonstrate how the members can implement Lean as a collective group through knowledge sharing, innovation through research, and deep collaboration between the 4 main sectors – Owners, Designers, Contractors and Trades.

Intel collaborated with the Jones Engineering, CIL, SCEG and PhatomHQ in establishing this Irish Community of Practice as we believe that the application of lean principles and culture can change the pace of improvement of the construction productivity curve and gain superior value for each person and group along the way from Design, to Trade Contractors, to General Contractor and to the Owner. We believe that the only way we can move the industry is together as a collective group.

The official launch event included a series of keynote addresses which captured the various industry perspectives along with audience discussion.

Speaking at the event Lean Construction Institute board member and Intel General Manager of Construction Worldwide, John Pemberton, said that “Intel as a company is very committed to lean manufacturing and to productivity and we are also committed, along with other partners, to changing the construction industry and looking at ways that we can we work together to do something better than we know how to do today – establishing the Community of Practice is a key part of driving that change here in Ireland”.

Also remarking at the event was Jim Curley, Jones Engineering Group Director and President of MEBSCA who added “Individual companies can bring this process so far but the real benefit comes from the collaborative approach of the people who together with you in the construction project chain and by having each of these adapt lean principles we will see the benefits multiple exponentially”.

Aidan Fallon, Winthrop Associate Director, added, “we need to also ensure that the individual tradespeople get a value from this initiative, via a Lean Qualification”.

The CoP will continue to meet every 2 months where we plan to build on this initial event and to continue the movement in construction, engaging new Members, Owners, Contractors, Designers  – for further information visit the Lean Construction Ireland LinkedIn group page.

Lean Construction Institute board member and Intel General Manager of Construction Worldwide, John Pemberton, addresses the assembled audience
Pictured at the launch are CoP founding members Kevin White, Jones Engineering Group, Paul Ebbs, PhathomHQ, John French, Intel Ireland Project Manager, Paul Sexton, SCEG Ltd., Raymond Turner, Construction Innovation Lab and Dr Arlene Egan, PhathomHQ

A full set of images can be found here: Launch of the Lean Construction Institute – Ireland Community of Practice – a set on Flickr

Introduction Video – Launch of the Lean Construction Institute Ireland Community of Practice

A full set of videos from the event can be found here: IntelIreland – YouTube

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