Lean project helps Colorado DOT: Post disaster repair of highways and bridges

March 1, 2014


This is a case study by ASQ and its a great example of how quality tools can be applied to the construction industry.

'When flood waters ravaged portions of Colorado in September 2013 – killing crops, inundating homes, and buckling many miles of roadways – countless federal, state, and municipal government workers sprang into action helping citizens. The disaster damaged 200 lane miles of the state’s highway system and damaged 120 bridges. While the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expected to have its highway system repaired and recovered by winter, the recovery could have taken much longer had it not been for the performance of one Lean improvement project team.’
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Denis Leonard has a degree in construction engineering an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in quality management. Denis is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Quality Manager, Auditor, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has been an Examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners a Judge on the International Team Excellence Competition and a Lead Judge on the National Housing Quality Award. A former Professor of Quality at the University of Wisconsin, he has experience as a quality manager in the home building industry as well as construction engineer, site manager, and in training, auditing, and consulting with expertise in strategic and operational quality improvement initiatives. His work has achieved national quality, environmental, and safety management awards for clients. 

Denis is co-author of The Executive Guide to Understanding and Implementing the Baldrige Criteria: Improve Revenue and Create Organizational Excellence.


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