An on-Site Material Handling Calculation Model

Basil Al-Sasi1 & David C. Brown2

1PhD Student, Construction Management Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, contact boas@soton.ac.uk.
2Lecturer, Construction Management Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 23 80592938 dcb@soton.ac.uk

Abstract

The efficiency of the UK construction industry is estimated to be between 40 and 60%. To improve this situation many new ideas are being investigated. This paper reports on research being conducted to improve the way that materials are delivered to and moved around construction sites. The research uses four different models taken from operational research to produce a materials handling schedule for each commodity required for the construction project. The optimum schedule is the one which best matches the project objectives which will be lowest cost, shortest time or maximising the output from the available resources. The model is being tested on two construction sites at the University of Southampton and reduced cycle times for a number of operations

Keywords

Lean construction, material handling, scheduling

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Reference

Al-Sasi, B. & Brown, D.C. 2006, 'An on-Site Material Handling Calculation Model' In:, 14th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Santiago, Chile, 1-. pp 383-392

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