Today, 11 Tocci employees received their Lean “White Belt”. As a part of our workforce training program, Nick Masci and Kelly Meade of Haley & Aldrich led series of discussions on Lean. Select individuals were tasked to implement Lean across a variety of processes. This helped us learn new tools for analyzing the efficiency of processes, who the stakeholders are and what they do, and to understand the complexity of processes. Through the process of…

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I recently went out West to Colorado for a skication. I skied at some of the most amazing places I have ever been. The highlight of my trip was Vail Mountain. The sheer size of this mountain is something I have never seen before: Vail starts at about 8,000 feet above sea level and climbs to over 11,000 feet, having a vertical rise of 3,450 feet. Spanning over 3 faces, 5,289 acres of…

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This week we sat down with Angelo Syrniotis, Tocci’s Project Manager for The Graphic in Charlestown.

The Graphic will uses modular construction, and we asked how do we prepare differently for a modular project vs. a conventional project? NOTE: this is a more technical post, so those of you who have an architecture, engineering, or construction background will find it fascinating. Everyone else will find it…slightly less fascinating.

11 Differences: Planning for…

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In honor of the Super Bowl this Sunday, we held a Souper Bowl Challenge. Each department was asked to submit a healthy soup made from local ingredients. The six submissions featured a wide variety of ingredients from seafood chowder to chili made with home grown tomatoes to lemon orzo chicken soup to canjiquinha made with grits and braised pork. To say the least, it was a delicious lunch. After much debate about the voting process,…

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Lean philosophy can be used as a framework for Virtual Design and Construction(VDC). Tocci’s VDC department is working with Operations and Field staff to integrate VDC practices more holistically. I am researching the benefits of VDC through a Lean “lens” to identify strategies for a successful implementation and create a fluid connection between departments.

Implementing VDC from a Lean perspective offers many solutions to radically improve the AEC industry. VDC utilizes BIM to visualize, organize…

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