This paper aims to develop a knowledge-based (KB) system for Lean Six Sigma (LSS) maintenance in environmentally sustainable buildings (Lean6-SBM).
The Lean6-SBM conceptual framework has been developed using the rule base approach of KB system and joint integration with gauge absence prerequisites (GAP) technique. A comprehensive literature review is given for the main pillars of the framework with a typical output of GAP analysis.
Implementation of LSS in the sustainable building maintenance context requires a pre-assessment of the organisation’s capabilities. A conceptual framework with a design structure is proposed to tackle this issue with the provision of an enhancing strategic and operational decision-making hierarchy.
Future research work might consider validating this framework in other type of industries.
Maintenance activities in environmentally sustainable buildings must take prodigious standards into consideration, and, therefore, a robust quality assurance measure has to be integrated.
The significance of this research is to present a novel use of hybrid KB/GAP methodologies to develop a Lean6-SBM system. The originality and novelty of this approach will assist in identifying quality perspectives while implementing different maintenance strategies in the sustainable building context.
Support for this study is provided by the Ministry of Defence Engineering Services, the Sultanate of Oman, and the University of Bradford, the United Kingdom.
Aldairi, J., Khan, M. and Munive-Hernandez, J. (2017), "Knowledge-based Lean Six Sigma maintenance system for sustainable buildings", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 109-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-09-2015-0035Download as .RIS
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