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    jdemoss
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    Has anyone heard of Six Sigma being used in major construction projects or by large construction companies?  Can anyone tell me where I could find some info on this?    Thanks.
    JD
     

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    #104592

    Deanb
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    JD,
    I have many dealings in the Engineering and Construction industry, and honestly do not see Six Sigma being used by the E&C firms there like we see in large manufacturing or regimented service environments. In E&C I see a lot of focus on project mgt and critical path stuff; some notable attention to systematic IT, financial, and procurement services(in support of projects); much vendor auditing and surveillance, but little ISO and even less Six Sigma. In E&C the projects are king. The only places I have seen Six Sigma being used here is when a large construction company owns a production facility, generally by an acquisition, then it might be used there, along with SPC and other higher end quality engineering tools. Even then, these tools rarely seem to migrate from the production facility back into the E&C firm. I do see Six Sigma being used by the suppliers to the E&C firms, which seem to be more manufacturing oriented. Just my observation.

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    #104602

    grahambet
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    JD
    I work for a development company which also oversees construction of our properties.  We have successfully implemented Six Sigma into the way we attack design and everything else.  Each business area contributes to get to the bottom line, completion, faster and more efficiently.  Just my opinion, but I highly suggest Six Sigma for engineering as there are snags in the process that could be avoided if the correct information is known at the right time.  Please feel free to email me anytime with questions.  All the best in your quest.

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    #104613

    DD
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    Not every six sigma tool may be of high value in construction. (I can’t see a DOE, for example.) But the philosophy and some of the tools can be brought into play.
    A couple years ago, I interviewed for a six sigma position with Neumann Home Builders in Illinois. They wanted somebody to plan their processes for getting people into their new homes, etc. I don’t know if anything ever came out of it, but here’s a lead for you.

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    #104627

    SLS
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    My company — a large E&C firm — has worked dozens of six sigma projects on pure construction processes in our aviation, rail and transportation infrastructure sectors. We’ve found construction processes, which generally are very repetitive, conducive to six sigma — for example, concrete pours, installation of formworks and rebar, steel installation, welding, installation of piping, etc. There also are the supporting processes: material procurement and delivery, maximizing usage of heavy equipment, installating and testing of interlockings for rail, etc. We

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    #104641

    Jonathon L. Andell
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    Six Sigma can be highly effective in reducing errors in transactional processes, which in turn sets the stage for people and materials being ready to work with fewer delays and second trips.
    The tools of Lean also have some application in construction. I have a colleague whose firm had major contract on an Intel facility. Their version of Lean resulted in a project being completed ahead of schedule and under budget for the first time in their history.
    Send me you email and I’ll send you his…

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    #110919

    Dillon
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    Jonathan,
    I hope you’re still monitoring this site.  I would be interested in the case study you spoke of.  I work for the construction division of a large retailer who would like to expand the use of 6 Sigma.
    Thanks,
    Doug

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    #110921

    Dillon
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    I would be interested in hearing more about how you have successfully applied 6 Sigma.  Please drop me an email note letting me know how I can reach you. 
    Thanks,
    Doug

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    #110923

    betty
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    Hi Doug,
    I can be reached at 407-465-3441, or [email protected].
    Generally 10:00 am to 3:00 pm is the best timeframe to get me.
    Thanks, Betty
     
     

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    #110945

    Jonathon Andell
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    I am monitoring the site. Please contact me at [email protected]. We can take the discussion off-line.

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    #141842

    Khamisa
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    Another big company implemented six sigma in engineering and construction is Bechtel Corporation. They apply six sigma in construction of channel Tunnel Rail Link Project in UK. The high speed rail connecting between London and Paris. Please open website : http://www.bechtel.com
    other companies in the industry that apply six sigma includes ; Jacobs engineering Group, Homebuilder, Armstrong Holdings, Vulcan Materials and Martin Marietta Materials.
    I do reserach from their website and contact them through email but still cannot get the futher info on six sigma implementation in their company…
    I highly interested to share experienced with u all guys outhere about six sigma implementation in E&C industry to ensure Six Sigma implementation is successfull in Ranhill Group in the future.
    thank you
    khamisa
     

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    #142510

    TZ
    Member

    Grahambet
    Can you please help me to find out list of Green belt & Black Belt projects implemented and their results in Petrochemical Industry worldwide (in general) and list for Fertilizer Industry (in particular).

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    #142511

    TZ
    Member

    Khamisa,
    Can you please help me to find out list of Green belt & Black Belt projects implemented and their results in Petrochemical Industry worldwide (in general) and list for Fertilizer Industry (in particular).

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    #148733

    howe
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    I did a study in 1992, that used six-sigma to track & measure, it was published by the six-sigma institute.
    I am interested in knowing what you are doing?

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    #148734

    howe
    Participant

    I prepared a case study in 1992 describing a project that I had managed, i would be interested in what you are doing.

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    #148746

    Tierradentro
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    During

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    #148747

    Tierradentro
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    During  my  work  as  a  change  agent in  a merger  process  between  2  big  “cement”  companies ,I  have  applied SS & TQM tools in  parallel with  change management methodologies.It  was  a  successful  project (1999-2002),have  written 3  articles  ,published  in  the  ASQ Forum.Please let  me  if  you  are  interested to  read  those  articles,thanks  and  regards 

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    #167585

    Michael Vega PE
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    I worked at Allied Signal when Bostey came over from GE, for 4 years we measured consytruction projects in Six Sigma, $10m range, I published a paper on the results to the Six Sigma Institute

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    #167652

    Prahlad
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    Michael, can you share your findings please?  Did it prove to be effective in the Construction environment, given the vagaries of construaction business? Can you email me your report at [email protected] .  Thank you.

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    #169394

    Dr. A.K. Garg
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    Dear Sir,
    Can you send me your findings please?  Did it prove to be effective in the Construction environment, given the vagaries of construaction business? Can you email me your report at
     akgjpyahoo.co.in
      Thank you.
    Garg

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    #170699

    Teena
    Member

    Please forward me the same
    thanks
    teena

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    #170704

    Tierradentro
    Participant

    Teena
    What is your email?

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    #170761

    Teena
    Member

    thanks John

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    #170906

    Tierradentro
    Participant

    Tina
    What is your email?

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    #170908

    Tierradentro
    Participant

    Wht should I forward to you?
    regards

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    #171128

    Teena
    Member

    the possibe list of green belt/black belt projects in a construction/electromechanical industry.
    thanks

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    #171320

    JR
    Participant

    John,
    If you would not mind, I would like to read thoes reports as well. Forward to [email protected]
    Thanks

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