A new perspective of construction logistics and production control : An exploratory study

Malek Ghanem, Farook Hamzeh, Olli Seppänen, Emile Zankoul

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Abstract

Construction logistics and production control can enhance project performance. Research addressing site material management mainly aims at reducing hauling distances and transportation costs. Other studies address the effects of logistics on labor productivity, proposing partial solutions instead of comprehensive optimization. Moreover, previous research on logistics optimization covers various stages of supply chain, but stops once materials reach the construction site. However, different techniques can be used to haul these materials from storage areas to workplaces, including push and just-in-time techniques. These methods along with the effects they can have on crew performance still need to be studied. Pull and push techniques have been studied and applied for production control purposes. However, zooming into the level of project locations, the effects of production control approaches on crew performance still need to be studied. This paper reviews onsite construction logistics and production control techniques, studies them at the level of locations, and proposes hypotheses to be evaluated in future research, relating logistics mechanisms and production control systems to productivity. This research is valuable due to exposing additional factors affecting labor productivity, and recommending further optimization in production planning and construction logistics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGLC 2018 - Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Subtitle of host publicationEvolving Lean Construction Towards Mature Production Management Across Cultures and Frontiers
EditorsVicente A. Gonzalez
Pages992-1001
Number of pages10
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9789380689296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction - Chennai, India
Duration: 16 Jul 201822 Jul 2018
Conference number: 26

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
PublisherInternational Group for Lean Construction
ISSN (Print)2309-0979

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Abbreviated titleIGLC
CountryIndia
CityChennai
Period16/07/201822/07/2018

Keywords

  • Lean construction
  • Logistics
  • Production control
  • Pull
  • Push

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