Posted by: JC Gatlin | August 4, 2010

PDCA of the Month – “Soil Run-off in the Street” – July 2010

This is PDCA of July because it’s a great example of getting to the root cause of a common problem in almost every community with active construction. It defines the problem and shows how its affecting sales; it also shows that the company is at a potential risk for getting fined by the county. The Counter Measures are low-cost and already fit within the current building system. It’s just tweaking what we’re already doing.  Adam, the Construction Professional leading this PDCA, has piloted in his own community and has seen improvement. The only thing missing is standardization. If the counter measures should become the standard for all homesites in all communities, the PDCA should show how that standard will roll-out.

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  1. 6-10k a year added in to counter maybe receiving one $80 red tag? With root cause #1 being building partners taking down silt fencing run across front of lot, how is that handled when counter measure #1 is to run silt fencing across the front lot minus a small section to drive? What ensures the silt fencing won’t be moved again?

    • Thanks Cameron. You definitely raise some points to think about. However, I believe the risk is much more serious than you’re giving it credit. Just this year, a New Jersey builder was fined $85,000 for its failure to properly control soil and contaminant run off. You’ll find many more examples of that out there if you run a Google search. Plus — how many potential customers are turned-off by the dirty street scene? How many neighbors get ticked-off at the Builder for soil & mud in the streets?

      As with any standard — it’s the best way we know how to do it today. If you have a better way of containing the soil, let’s check & adjust and improve the standard.

      Thanks for the insight!

  2. Thanks for sharing these PDCA’s JC. I really enjoy understanding the thought process.

    A Lean Journey

  3. […] 1. Jobsites and vacant lots get muddy. And when our Building Partners park in the mud, their trucks leave mud trails behind them. Our Construction Managers constantly have to sweep the streets to keep up curb appeal and to prevent debris from running into the sewers. This problem was even addressed in a recent Plan-Do-Check-Adjust project. […]

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