Lean Approach to Production Planning for Large Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Yishu Wang, David R. Riley

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Abstract

Solar photovoltaic (PV) construction projects are expanding and have complex technical requirements coupled with narrow financial margins. Limited research has examined large-scale PV production planning and techniques to capitalize on repetitive activities, prefabrication opportunities, and the high variability of regional factors affecting construction processes. This research examines large scale PV projects to identify factors affecting key planning decisions and methods to support production planning on large scale PV project. Lean construction concepts and instruments are applied to inform an examination of production planning on multiple PV construction case studies. Lessons on these cases are used to inform a deep case study and production experimentation to produce experience and short interval production (SIPS) data. A tool developed to support PV production planning is presented including use of 4D simulation to enhance communication of planning decisions. The results of this research indicate key planning variables impacting design and prefabrication decisions on PV projects and help elevate the needs and opportunities to apply detailed construction planning methods to large scale and highly repetitive PV projects analysis techniques to help inform key planning decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages2079-2088
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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