Introduction to Lean Construction (Module 1 – Lean Basics)


Prof. Koshy Varghese

Prof. N. Raghavan

IIT Madras

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Tentative due-dates:

Course release:  3 Oct 2022, Monday
Last date to submit assignments: 11 Jan 2023, Wednesday

Enrollment closed date  : 16 Nov 2022, Wednesday
Final exam : online proctoring (tentative): 21 Jan 2023, Saturday

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Lean Construction Management is a radical shift from traditional construction management. It is an adaptation of Lean Manufacturing principles to the construction realm. Lean approach seeks to improve project delivery by minimizing waste and maximizing Value to the customer. This course has been designed to impart the key concepts, tools, and practices to Civil Engineering Senior Level under-graduates, post-graduate students, and Faculty as well as practicing engineers, architects, and managers/ consultants.


Academic – UG/ PG/ Research Scholars/ Faculty members ; Industry – All levels of engineers, architects, managers/ consultants who are responsible for construction project delivery.


Basic Construction practices ; Project Planning and Control


Institute for Lean Construction Excellence (ILCE) –


Prof. Koshy Varghese is a Professor with the Building Technology & Construction Management Division of Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Dr. Varghese earned his Doctoral Degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a year after which he joined IIT Madras. Dr. Varghese is a pioneer in construction management education and research in India and He has received numerous academic honors, and he is on the editorial-board of several international journals. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of ILCE (Institute for Lean Construction Excellence).

Prof. N. Raghavan is Professor of Practice in Building Technology & Construction Management Division, Department of Civil Engineering., IIT Madras (IITM). He has a B.Tech from IITM and M.Tech from IITB. Also, Member of the Board-of Directors of ILCE (Institute for Lean Construction Excellence). Earlier he retired from Larsen & Toubro Construction as Head- Hydel & Nuclear Sector. He was also Chief Executive/ Director- L&T- Ramboll Consulting Engrs Ltd; He has been a Pioneer in India for spreading Lean concepts and has organised several Lean conferences and programmes.


Additional information


IIT Madras
Institute for Lean Construction Excellence (ILCE)

Total hours


Certification Process

1. Join the course
Learners may pay the applicable fees and enrol in a course on offer in the portal and get access to all of its contents, including assignments. The validity of enrolment, which includes access to the videos and other learning material and attempting the assignments, will be mentioned in the course. A learner has to complete the assignments and get the minimum required marks to be eligible for the certification exam within this period.
COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 1000 + 18 % of GST
2. Watch Videos + Submit Assignments
After enrolling, learners can watch lectures and learn, and follow it up by attempting or answering the assignments given.
3. Get qualified to register for exams
A learner can earn a certificate in the self-paced course only by appearing for the online remote proctored exam. To register for this, the learner should get the minimum required marks in the assignments as given below:

Assignment score = 3 best out of 4 assignments: 30% weightage (should get a minimum of >= 10% to attend the final exam).
Exam score = 70% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100 (should get a minimum of >= 30% in the final exam out of 100).

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.
4. Register for exams
The certification exam is conducted online with remote proctoring. Once a learner has become eligible to register for the certification exam, they can choose a slot from what is available and pay the exam fee. A schedule of available slot dates and timings for these remote-proctored online examinations will be published and made available to the learners.
EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam fee of Rs.1500 +18 % of  GST should be paid.
5. Results and Certification
After the exam, based on the certification criteria of the course, results will be declared and learners will be notified of the same. A link to download the e-certificate will be shared with learners who pass the certification exam.
6. Certificate Template


Course Details

Week 1 : Introduction to the Course; Lean Overview; Need for Productivity Measurement and improvement; Productivity Measurement System (PMS)

Week 2 : Sampling/ Work Sampling; Survey/ Foreman delay survey; Value Stream/ Process Mapping

Week 3 : 5S , Collaborative Planning System (CPS)/ Last Planner™ System (LPS)

Week 4 : Big Room Approach, IT/BIM and Lean, How to Start Practicing Lean Tools in Project Sites-1

Books and references

1.Forbes and Ahmed (2011), “Modern Construction – Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices”, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, New York.

2.Patricia Tzortzopoulos, Mike Kagioglou and Lauri Koskela (2020), “Lean Construction – Core Concepts and New Frontiers”, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York.

3.Liker and Meier (2006), “The Toyota Way”, McGraw-Hill.

4.Supplementary modules (workbook and reading materials) on each topic will shared along with a weekly release of course contents


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