Technical Seminar on The evolution of LEAN (Learning from Toyota)

Updated: Nov 15


Date: 15th October 2022.

Speaker: Muhammad Hafizur Rahman, M. Sc. in International Construction Management (ICM), B.Sc. in Civil Engineering,

Topic: The evolution of LEAN (Learning from Toyota)

Synopsis: The term LEAN has been used by the MIT researchers, James Womak and Daniel Jones in 1990s which is developed from the Toyota Production System (TPS). TPS is an integrated management system that focuses on minimizing waste within the system while maximizing value/productivity. Waste is seen as anything that customers do not believe adds value and are not willing to pay for. The automatic loom invented by Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota empire, not only automated work but also built the capability to make judgments into the machine itself (Jidoka). By eliminating both defective products and the associated wasteful practices, Sakichi succeeded tremendously in improving both productivity and work efficiency. The TPS has evolved through many years of trial and error to improve efficiency based on the Just-in-Time concept developed by Kiichiro Toyoda, the founder (and second president) of Toyota Motor Corporation. The leadership in Toyota succeeded TOYOTA – a family business which started its business in Textile Industry, as a one of the greatest manufacturers in the word! This presentation covers the success story of Toyota, the architects behind the success, the philosophy, and overview of the technical aspects of TPS which is being very SIMPLE!

Speaker’s Biography: Muhd Hafizur Rahman obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1989. After working with several agencies like River Research Institute, Surface Water Modeling Centre (SWMC), Dhaka WASA and Bangladesh Water Development Board, he came to Singapore in 1998 and subsequently pursued his masters’ degree in International Construction Management (ICM) from NTU. He has been working with Building and Construction Authority (BCA) for more than 24 years as a Senior Lecturer, Sessional teaching staff with University of Newcastle (UON, Au, Singapore Campus), and as an Associate Faculty with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He was awarded with “PS21 Star Service Award” in 2010 for public service excellence. He enjoys working with community and is actively associated with SBS and OCIEBS. Currently working at School of Executive and Continuing Education (ECE) under BCA Academy which is a training arm of BCA. Conducting lessons and curriculum development for full time and part time diploma courses, such as Diploma in Construction Eng


ineering, Diploma in Quantity Surveying, Diploma in Facilities Management, Specialist Diploma in Facility & Energy Management, Specialist Diploma in Construction Productivity, Specialist Diploma in Lean Construction and Specialist Diploma in Construction Management. Working as a Lecturer / Sessional teaching staff with University of Newcastle (UON), Singapore campus starting from Aug 2020. Teaching students taking bachelor’s degree in civil


engineering (BCE) programme offered by UON. Name of the course teaching for this programme is CIVL2282 – Introduction to Geomechanics Also working as an Associate Faculty with Singapore University of Social Sciences on a part time basis starting from Jan, 2012.Teaching students taking Bachelor Degree in Facilities and Event Management (BFEM) and Bachelor Degree in Building Project Management (BBPM) offered by SUSS. The course used to teach for these two programmes is Construction Technology which includes modern cutting edge productive technologies like Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) and Mass Engineered Timber (MET).


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