Lloyd’s Register. Pipeline construction is often like a moving manufacturing assembly line. However, rather than raw materials arriving at a plant and travelling through it in a closed environment, the materials are brought to a point and the construction process travels in a linear but open environment. Over the decades, there have been many improvements in manufacturing processes, probably the most notable being Henry Ford’s moving assembly line and more recently, the concept of Lean Manufacturing, originally devised by Toyota. Pipeline construction can also evolve by adopting leaner practices. Can pipeline construction and manufacturing be compared? What can be done to reduce waste, and enhance visibility, accuracy, regulatory compliance and project efficiency?