Comparing Different Approaches to Site Organization and Logistics: Multiple Case Studies

Sondre Skjelbred1, Magnus E. Fossheim2 & Frode Drevland3

1M.Sc Student, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, +47 993 05 350, sondre.skjelbred@gmail.com
2M.Sc Student, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, +47 975 10 101, mfossheim@me.com
3Assistant Professor, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, +47 920 64 262, frode.drevland@ntnu.no

Abstract

Effective site organization and logistics is required to have an efficient production in construction projects. The same applies to the oil industry; it is absolutely necessary that the conditions are right for achieving efficient production. The oil industry and the construction industry operate under different circumstances, and have gained different experiences regarding the challenges of site organization and logistics. Four different cases from four different firms are presented in the paper. One case is from an offshore drilling contractor in Norway. Two cases are from the Norwegian Construction industry. The last case is from a Swedish consultancy firm, specializing in site organization and logistics in the construction industry. The case studies focus on how the different firms manage site organization and logistics to achieve an efficient production. Practices from both industries, and a generic list of lessons learned that is applicable to all construction projects are presented in the final section of the paper.

Keywords

Lean construction, site organization, logistics, oil industry, construction industry

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Skjelbred, S. , Fossheim, M.E. & Drevland, F. 2015, 'Comparing Different Approaches to Site Organization and Logistics: Multiple Case Studies' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 13-22

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