2022-05-1718 Takt Production Forum 1

First International Forum on Takt Production in Construction

WHEN: 18-19 May 2022
WHERE: Virtual on berkeley.zoom.us

P2SL is pleased to announce the First International Forum on Takt Production in Construction, that will be hosted online on Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 May 2022, from 7:00-12:00 PST (California time), 17:00-22:00 EEST (Finland time). This forum is organized by UC Berkeley’s Project Production System Laboratory (P2SL) in collaboration with Aalto University and Vison Oy in Finland.

Thank you Sponsors & Event Partner!


With industry case examples and discussion sessions, the Forum’s aim is to disseminate takt production knowledge, spur new ideas, foster discussion, and increase collaboration between takt experts and enthusiasts from countries around the world.

The Forum’s sessions are arranged around four themes, each covering presentations from world-class takt experts and followed by break-out group- and plenary discussions.

Agenda Outline

Day 1

Theme 1: Strategic Takt Planning and Using Takt in Design

To reap the full benefits of a takted production system, takt planning must be done both at the strategic- and at the operational level (including work structuring in phase planning) according to principles of the Last Planner® System. Strategic takt planning connects production design decisions to the client and project-level goals during the master planning phase, to benefit from innovations such as prefabrication and modularization. Simultaneously, integrating the design process into early planning is critical for successful strategic takt planning.

Aleksi Heinonen is a partner in Vison Oy, a pioneering Finnish consulting company in IPD and takt production implementation. Aleksi has been involved in dozens of takt production cases, ranging from small residential projects to megaprojects such as hospitals and airports.
Adam Frandson leads the DPR Planning and Scheduling team in San Diego, California where DPR completes ~$500 million of work annually. He earned a PhD at UC Berkeley with pioneering work on takt planning. He now focuses on building cleanroom manufacturing projects from project conception through validation to help bring covid vaccines to the world faster.
Cory Hackler is lean leadership director at DPR. He uses his superintendent knowledge to lead DPR’s Lean Leadership program. Takt is part of planning and Cory teamed up with Adam Frandson to write a takt basics training program to address the misalignment they were seeing on jobs. 

Theme 2: Takt Plan Development and Supply Chain Integration

There are many approaches to successfully develop a takt plan. Understanding the specifics of different methods — and their similarities and differences — can greatly aid the practitioners’ capability to successfully implement takt into their production systems. Moreover, the takt plan should not be formed in a vacuum, but in collaboration with the whole supply chain, to allow successful implementation and mutual benefits for all parties involved.

Van Kristensen is a Turner Lead Superintendent and part of the Northern California Turner Planning team. He has 11 years of healthcare experience and has spent the last 3 years helping teams become better planners. He has been focusing on recognizing the opportunities to use Takt during the Master Planning Phase and helping teams unify the vision for the job, plus creating a stable and predictable supply chain.
Marco Binninger is the Head of Department of Lean Construction in Weisenburger Bau, a high-performance German general contractor and project developer. He is also a founder of TAKT.ing, a software for takting construction processes. Marco has several years of academic and practical experience in takt production, which was also the theme of his PhD dissertation.

Day 2

Theme 3: Takt Control including Daily Takt Plan Management and Change Management

Even though planning is necessary to set a direction for production, it is also inevitable that uncertain things can (or, more likely, will) happen during execution. Thus, takt control is necessary to successfully steer production, based on intensive daily management and management of change.

Jukka Rannisto is a VDC manager in Haahtela, a Finnish construction management company specializing in project management services with a heavy focus on innovations such as target value design solutions and takt production.
Samir Emdanat is president and co-founder of vPlanner, a lean management consultancy and a provider of software for collaborative production management and control. He is among the industry’s pioneers of Integrated Project Delivery, using takt planning and applying lean principles in design and construction.

Theme 4: Future of Takt Production in Construction

In this last session, we will have an outlook on future directions of takt research and development, including digital takt production, and explore how these may shape our production systems in the upcoming years.

Olli Seppänen is an Associate Professor at Aalto University in Finland, with expertise in operations management in construction.
(Photo credit: Jaakko Kahilaniemi)
Iris Tommelein is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Project Management and she directs the Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) at UC Berkeley. She is a Lean Pioneer with active research on takt planning.
Digby Christian is Executive Director of Project Delivery (FPS) at Sutter Health, based in Northern California.
Kim Lindholm is the Director of Real Estate and Facility at HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, Finland. HOAS was nominated as the construction developer organization of the year in Finland in 2021, actively contributing to improving quality, productivity, and sustainability in their projects. Photo: Taisto Lapila / Yle (https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11029359)

Presentations Theme 3 (in order presented)

Tommelein 2022-05-19 Future of Takt Production in Construction
Seppanen 2022-05-19 Digitally Supported Takt Production
Lindholm 2022-05-19 – to be added
Christian 2022-05-19 – to be added



P2SL Members

$75 for each day
$120 for both days

Open Registration

$100 for each day
$175 for both days

Sponsors and Presenters
Members of Building 2030, RAIN3, IPT4, Lean Construction Institute Finland
UC Berkeley Students

no fee

Full-time Student or Academic (not affiliated with UC Berkeley)

$20 for each day
$30 for both days

Agenda Details

A Google slide deck with the Forum’s agenda details can be viewed HERE.

Takt Resources

Glossary of Terms

For definitions of terms, consult the P2SL Glossary.

This glossary is a work in progress. Email us if a term needs further clarification or if you wish to suggest that additional words be included.


Takt Planning: A Work Structuring Method in the Last Planner® System

Theme 1: Strategic Takt Planning and Using Takt in Design

Theme 2: Takt Plan Development and Supply Chain Integration

Theme 3: Takt Control including Daily Takt Plan Management and Change Management

Theme 4: Future of Takt Production in Construction