Applicability of Logistics Management in Lean Construction: A Case Study Approach in Brazilian Building Companies

Fred Borges da Silva1 & Francisco Ferreira Cardoso2

1Civil Engineer, M. Eng. Candidate, Civil Construction Engineering Department, Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo, fred@pcc.usp.br
2Professor Dr., Civil Construction Engineering Department, Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo, fcardoso@pcc.usp.br

Abstract

Logistics management concepts and tools currently have a great value for several business sectors that are searching for productivity and competitiveness improvement, providing costs reduction and better customer satisfaction. With that purpose they are trying to promote a better integration between internal and external actors who support logistics activities. This paper reports on three case studies undertaken as part of a Master Research program, which has the main objective of investigating how logistics concepts and tools are being applied to the Brazilian building construction sector. As a conclusion, guidelines are presented in order to improve logistics efficiency and effectiveness in the building production process. These guidelines are based on positive and negative experiences of some construction companies presented briefly in three case studies and on experiences of companies from other sectors of the economy.

Keywords

Logistics, supply chain, supply logistics, site logistics, lean construction, Brazil.

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Silva, F.B.D. & Cardoso, F.F. 1999, 'Applicability of Logistics Management in Lean Construction: A Case Study Approach in Brazilian Building Companies' In:, 7th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Berkeley, USA, 26-28 Jul 1999. pp 147-158

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