About the Group

Continuous improvement - Copisa Group is committed to using LEAN Techniques

Copisa Group, following the path of continuous improvement, has been applying different Lean process management techniques for several years in the development of its construction work.

What is LEAN Construction?

Processes that encompass all execution phases of a construction project with the aim of:

  • maximising value for the client.
  • minimising waste.
  • facilitating collaboration between all parties.
  • achieving an increase in productivity and reliability in production.

What is the BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology?

The BIM methodology provides:

  • efficiency in the review of measurements,
  • task automation,
  • standardisation and industrialisation of processes, improving interconnectivity between departments.

When it comes to reliability, it contributes to ensuring that the project can be easily understood, document coherence, AIM Project Audits and advanced detection of problems, improved coordination between disciplines, management and recording of incidents (location, person responsible, priority) and product customisation according to customer needs.

Our Engineering Department is the leading agent in the application of the BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology in the design, auditing and monitoring of construction projects. We have an experienced team of engineers with official BIM certifications, capable of meeting the needs of clients, from the planning, design, construction and commissioning phases to the transfer of information for subsequent maintenance.

As a result of the experience obtained from the implementation of this methodology since 2014, we can offer our clients reliability through BIM monitoring with our own staff, as well as security thanks to the control processes that protect the investment and reduce risks and unforeseen events, as well as our ability to apply custom solutions adapted to customer needs.

We obtain excellent results in road and rail infrastructure projects as well as in construction projects, managing to apply the methodology within our existing workflows.

What is the Last Planner System (LPS)? Planning system:

  • based on the pillars of the Lean construction philosophy that seeks to.
  • improve efficiency in the development of all processes related to the execution of a project.

Its basic principle is to increase the compliance of construction activities by reducing the uncertainty associated with planning. LPS has two fundamental characteristics that differentiate it from other planning systems:

  • Planning is done collaboratively, involving all the agents in the process who will participate in the project, where each agent has their own requirements to be met while taking on several commitments regarding the performance of their task.
  • Planning is carried out in reverse, starting with a vision of the finished work and then proposing the different activities that are needed to reach the completion point, thus allowing the critical path of the project to be drawn out in a clear and realistic way.

During the development of the system, a series of metrics are measured on a weekly basis that allow us to identify if it is being planned in a realistic way, if the rhythm of execution is correct and if tasks are being completed, in addition to identifying what type of restrictions aren’t allowing us to execute the tasks, etc., so that the appropriate measures can be taken in the event the indicators are poor.

Among the benefits of applying the LPS, we can highlight the greater control that is achieved over the execution phase, the involvement of all participants, the promotion of communication and teamwork with collaborators, and agility in the response to possible unforeseen events that lead us to meet the execution deadlines.

What is Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)?

It is a construction project delivery system based on a multi-party agreement, in which the different participants are involved:

  • The owner.
  • The designer.
  • The construction company.

Its goal is for the different parties to focus on the overall project outcome , rather than their individual objectives.

IPD takes advantage of the capabilities and knowledge of all of the project’s participants from the very beginning, managing to optimise the results. It thus achieves efficiency in all project phases (design, manufacturing and construction), maximising the value that is delivered to the end customer while reducing waste.

The most recent success story has been the construction of the Multipurpose Hospital Space – Bellvitge University Hospital, for CatSalut, a building with a floor space of 4,827 m2, as a representative example of the application of Lean Construction, where the Integrated Project Delivery, Last Planner System and BIM methodology have been applied, managing to execute the project in just 17 weeks.

Action areas

INFRASTRUCTURES

CIVIL WORKS
Roadways: roads, highways, motorways, developments, urban works
Tunnels: road, high-speed and metropolitan rail, mining and water supply.
Rail: infrastructure (subgrade, viaducts), superstructure (track, overhead lines, power, signals and signalling control), metro, rack railways and stations (underground or aboveground).
Maritime and river: execution and repair of vertical or embankment breakwaters, quays (gravity, concrete caissons, sheet piling and floating), wharfs, fishing harbours and piers.
Hydraulic works: dams and reservoirs, gravity and pumping stations, wastewater treatment and drinking water purification plants, surface and underground tanks, sewer networks and storm water tanks and city drainage facilities.
Mining and energy: projects from their engineering development to construction. Refurbishment and construction of hydroelectric power plants, wind and solar farms, nuclear power plants and thermal power stations.

BUILDING
Residential and non-residential buildings: hotels, office buildings and multipurpose complexes, health centres, large stadiums and sports facilities, prisons.
Restoration and rehabilitation: façades, roofs and interior remodelling. Historical and artistic restorations, comprehensive building refurbishment and comprehensive maintenance and upkeep programmes.

 

INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS
Development of projects for the chemical and petrochemical industry, combined cycles, co-generation, photovoltaic industry, automotive industry, modular plants and biodiesel.
Mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control services based on detail engineering/design, the various stages of manufacturing, construction, onsite installation/assembly commissioning and maintenance.
Metal structures, scaffolding assembly, piping systems, static and dynamic equipment, electrical systems, instrumentation and control systems. We provide the human resources required and managing material stockpiling and supplies associated with the structures we implement.

 

MAINTENANCE
Industrial: petrochemical, transport and energy sectors, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation maintenance, large plant shutdowns (or refuelling in nuclear plants).
Building: comprehensive maintenance services for buildings and facilities.
Infrastructures: maintenance and upgrading of infrastructure associated with improved communications, road management and urban services.
Our maintenance operations are supplemented by drone inspection services using proprietary technology which enables increased frequency of inspection, early detection of faults, faster execution of work and a reduction in risks.

 

To support our operations we have a large fleet of machinery to cater for all our sites and projects. In addition, we have highly specialised equipment for the construction of major infrastructures such as tunnels, large aggregate processing and pipe construction activities and also specific machinery for industrial assemblies.