Applying Six sigma process to Reduce Damage

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That care falls into different categories, such as attention to design before construction and proactive maintenance after construction. In the past, buildings survived for very long periods without additional care. For example, when scientists from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute conducted research in Egypt, they found some buildings dating back 4000 years (Archaeologists unearth buildings in Egypt dating back to Fifth Dynasty, 2018). Recently, scientists and governments have been interested in keeping and managing historic buildings. Building care can be viewed as a type of governmental heritage preservation. Nowadays, many organisations and companies in Saudi Arabia suffer from lots of building problems, which tend to begin a few years after the buildings are completed and require massive amounts of money for damage repairs. There is a great deal of research on how to save historic buildings, but it is rare for research to focus on how to look after new buildings to avoid damage a few years after construction is completed. Building damage in Saudi Arabia occurs for different reasons, including misuse and incorrect design and/or construction. This thesis will focus on why buildings incur damage after only a few years. It will also look for new quality methods and tools to determine the main reasons for building damage. Furthermore, King Faisal University will be examined as a case study. In the last few decades, quality management has revolutionized the management system in improving total organizational performance(Andersson, Eriksson and Torstensson, 2006). Quality management is concerned with ensuring the output of an organization is consistently of high quality.

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This is achieved through the four key aspects of quality management; quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and quality improvement (What Is a Quality Management System? | ASQ, 2018). On the most popular quality management tools is Six sigma. The Six sigma processes are used for quality improvement in an organization’s processes by reducing and removing variations in the processes (Andersson, Hilletofth, Manfredsson, and Hilmola, 2014). The Six sigma processes involves identifying and removing any causes of defection in the organization’s processes. This task is normally assigned to a team within the organization who undertake different projects which are carried under very specific conditions to attain particular goals such as reduce pollution within the organization. The Six sigma process can also be used in the building construction process to determine the main reason for building damage and reduce this defect.

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Aim and objectives: 2. Third, King Faisal University has different types of buildings, such as academic buildings, hospitals, service buildings, sport halls, houses, student accommodations, recreation buildings, and admissions buildings. These different types of buildings expand the research focus and contribute to understanding the research problem from different sides. Project methodology: This research will use King Faisal University as a case study and investigates the cause of building damage in the institution. Questioners will include all internal or external customers and different levels of employees at King Faisal University, including those who are responsible for building maintenance. The case study will cover more than 30 different types of buildings, which were completed in different years and are used for different purposes. In addition, customer requirements are normally written at this stage so they can be compared to the product in the other phases.

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In this case, the user needs of the university for the buildings under review will be explored. Figure1) Improvement phases. Sourse: Park, S. Six Sigma for quality and productivity promotion. In this phase, the information obtained from the methods above will be used to make suggestions for solving the problem; building damage at the King Faisal University. Improvements to the construction process that will lead to reduction of the defect; building damage will also be suggested. The improvements will evidently have to be realistic and measurable. Phase 4: Control. In this step, there will be documentation of controls for future construction processes which will not lead to damage of the buildings. Also, this location has calm weather, unlike cities in the far north and far south. While many authors write about how to save heritage buildings, few focus on how to look after new buildings to avoid damage a few years after construction is completed.

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This dissertation will discuss six sigma and conduct a literature review of studies of this management approach. Also, this research will apply the methodology of Six sigma can be useful to determine the main reasons for building damage after hand over.

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