A New Model for Construction Material Logistics: From Local Optimization of Logistics Towards Global Optimization of On-Site Production System

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Abstract

Research on construction on-site material logistics has mainly concentrated on how to best deliver materials on site or how to store the materials in constrained space. Less research has been done on the impact of logistics on labor productivity. The purpose of this research was to review empirical results related to logistics and labor productivity reported in literature as well as previous research on construction material logistics to come up with requirements of a new lean model for material logistics. Current research on construction logistics was found to focus on part of the problem and to offer partial solutions rather than globally optimize the production system. Indirect costs of logistics causing interference to other tasks or waste due to material transportation have not been extensively discussed but several empirical results can be potentially explained by logistics even though the research was not about logistics. The paper proposes a new model for construction material logistics and hypotheses to be evaluated in future empirical research or simulation studies. The paper is valuable for academics with research interests in construction logistics or productivity areas and for practitioners seeking productivity improvements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGLC 2016 - 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Pages73-82
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Boston, United States
Duration: 18 Jul 201624 Jul 2016
Conference number: 24
http://iglc2016.com/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
ISSN (Electronic)2309-0979

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period18/07/201624/07/2016
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Keywords

  • Lean construction
  • logistics
  • inventory control
  • Productivity

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    Seppänen, O., & Peltokorpi, A. (2016). A New Model for Construction Material Logistics: From Local Optimization of Logistics Towards Global Optimization of On-Site Production System. In IGLC 2016 - 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (pp. 73-82). (Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction).