https://doi.org/10.24928/2018/0540

A New Perspective of Construction Logistics and Production Control: An Exploratory Study

Malek Ghanem1, Farook Hamzeh2, Olli Seppänen3 & Emile Zankoul4

1Masters Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, America University of Beirut, Beirut Riad El-Solh 1107 2020, Lebanon , mng08@mail.aub.edu
2Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, American University of Beirut, Beirut Riad El-Solh 1107 2020, Lebanon, fh35@aub.edu.lb
3Professor of Practice, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University, Finland, olli.seppanen@aalto.fi
4Graduate, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, American University of Beirut, Beirut Riad El-Solh 1107 2020, Lebanon, efz00@aub.edu.lb

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.

Keywords

Production control, push, pull, logistics, lean construction

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Ghanem, M. , Hamzeh, F. , Seppänen, O. & Zankoul, E. 2018, 'A New Perspective of Construction Logistics and Production Control: An Exploratory Study' In:, 26th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Chennai, India, 18-20 Jul 2018. pp 992-1001

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