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Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Construction logistics is a complex network of deliveries and routes that must follow specific safety and efficiency standards.

FREMONT, CA: To ensure timely and accurate delivery of materials from the construction site, you must develop your construction logistics plan to follow and execute.

Construction logistics is planning & managing logistical services, vehicles, and the workforce intricated in a construction project.

The purpose of construction logistics is to encourage the procurement and transportation of materials, workers, and other resources necessary in a construction process.

Construction logistics operates on various levels. These are planning and conveyance of workers, movement of material, and, naturally, maintenance of vehicles and other equipment employed on the construction site.

Construction is an industry that needs complex logistics solutions because of the number of contractors involved, the safety requirements, and several other regulations to be met and observed, not to refer to quality control and business development.

Here are some key logistical challenges in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Challenges of construction logistics

Сonstruction logistics includes high stakes - this is true for workers' safety and project deadlines, which directly affect overall costs and business continuity. Let's see what logistical challenges you need to be prepared for as a construction business.

Planning

Planning is the No.1 challenge when managing a construction project. Material and transport planning, supply, demand, procurement, infrastructure, and local access must be planned to be delivered on time.

Regarding site-to-site logistics, route planning, and workforce management, i.e., knowing how many drivers you need and how many hours they will be running on any given site and day.

Construction businesses usually hire a transportation manager to create an efficient team schedule and ensure continuous transportation service. This is a dedicated person in charge of implementing the construction logistics plan.

A transportation management system (TMS) is used for route planning (including recurring routes), automatically dispatching jobs to drivers, and backing fleet management. An effective transportation management system will complement & coordinate with your back office software.

Resource optimization

Resource optimization - material & human - is a large part of supply chain management, and construction logistics is no exception. Not every construction project is created equal, and it's the job of the construction project manager to guarantee minimum waste and efficient resource optimization.

For instance, no transport resources can be wasted regarding cost reduction. As so many people and vehicles are intricated in the supply chain, it's essential that all working hours are cost-effective and the job gets done.

Equipment maintenance

Equipment is a large part of any construction project. It's a global thing across the construction industry. Thus every company has to figure out how to manage machinery to reduce the downtime risk and promote safety.

Generally, equipment management, much like fleet management, happens per a schedule developed within the company, based on the range of the construction project and the level of quality set by regulations and the larger management.

Safety compliance

Safety, it's a serious concern for any construction manager. The risk of injury is high; thus, the workforce's health is a key priority. Including injury risks, there are environmental concerns to be observed.

Based on the local regulations, safety procedures can be very different. Anyhow, a construction logistics plan needs to comprise safety measures that broaden the entire operation and guarantee compliance across the infrastructure.

Workforce training

To supervise a construction site is to manage people. Managing people needs comprehensive training, which expands to regulations (environmental, safety, etc.), as well as materials handling, services, data processing, etc.

Training on-site is given by the manager and generally implies in-person training as a team. Logistics training doesn't have to carry tons of time and can be decreased by deploying a comprehensive mobile solution that can be employed by your field staff both online and offline.

Construction logistics plan

A construction logistics plan is a structure of movement meant to support a construction project by constructing a plan for all traffic that will be happening from site to site. Based on the scope of the construction project, the logistics plan may require extensive or little development.

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