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A Solution for the Material Delivery Problems in Construction Projects

By Timo Ala-risku and Mikko Kärkkäinen


Abstract: The new project management methods emerging for construction projects generate new kinds of challenges for the delivery process of the project materials. The basic philosophy of the emerging methods is to create short-term schedules for project tasks based on a constraint analysis of project resources. This approach places two requirements for the material deliveries: Transparency to material availability, and short response times in the supply chain. In this paper, we propose a potential solution for managing the material logistics of construction projects. The solution consists of a shipment tracking-based approach tested in pilot implementations to provide inventory transparency, and a pro-active delivery approach for efficient material deliveries validated in expert group discussions

Topics: supply chain management, logistics, inventory transparency, construction 1
Year: 2009
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