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Article: Enhancing the logistics of construction materials through activity-based simulation approach

TitleEnhancing the logistics of construction materials through activity-based simulation approach
Authors
KeywordsBuffer stock
Construction materials
Distribution management
Hong Kong
Just in time
Simulation
Issue Date2009
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/ecam.htm
Citation
Engineering, Construction And Architectural Management, 2009, v. 16 n. 3, p. 224-237 How to Cite?
Abstract
Purpose - Many planners and managers prefer to maintain more than enough construction materials on site to avoid valuable labour and plant resources staying idle. Despite the fact that minimising the buffer stock would improve the productivity of a construction project, no one likes to take this risk especially when the consequences are not totally clear. This paper aims to identify the possible savings in time and cost due to different amounts of buffer stock on site, by introducing an activity-based simulation model. Design/methodology/approach - In this research, details and data of a residential project involving substantial amounts of pre-cast components are collected. The project participants are asked to unveil the constraints on site and throughout the material delivery and storage processes. Finally, the collected data are fed into the activity-based construction simulation tool for analysis. Findings - The results indicate that simulation could help quantify the productivity of resources so as to establish the most suitable strategy for improving the logistics of materials handling in a construction project. Originality/value - The paper helps construction planners and managers to streamline the flow of construction materials and determine optimal buffer stocks rather than relying on subjective judgement. Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58585
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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dc.contributor.authorNg, STen_HK
dc.contributor.authorShi, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFang, Yen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:32:56Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:32:56Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEngineering, Construction And Architectural Management, 2009, v. 16 n. 3, p. 224-237en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0969-9988en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58585-
dc.description.abstractPurpose - Many planners and managers prefer to maintain more than enough construction materials on site to avoid valuable labour and plant resources staying idle. Despite the fact that minimising the buffer stock would improve the productivity of a construction project, no one likes to take this risk especially when the consequences are not totally clear. This paper aims to identify the possible savings in time and cost due to different amounts of buffer stock on site, by introducing an activity-based simulation model. Design/methodology/approach - In this research, details and data of a residential project involving substantial amounts of pre-cast components are collected. The project participants are asked to unveil the constraints on site and throughout the material delivery and storage processes. Finally, the collected data are fed into the activity-based construction simulation tool for analysis. Findings - The results indicate that simulation could help quantify the productivity of resources so as to establish the most suitable strategy for improving the logistics of materials handling in a construction project. Originality/value - The paper helps construction planners and managers to streamline the flow of construction materials and determine optimal buffer stocks rather than relying on subjective judgement. Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/ecam.htmen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEngineering, Construction and Architectural Managementen_HK
dc.subjectBuffer stocken_HK
dc.subjectConstruction materialsen_HK
dc.subjectDistribution managementen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectJust in timeen_HK
dc.subjectSimulationen_HK
dc.titleEnhancing the logistics of construction materials through activity-based simulation approachen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailNg, ST:tstng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1108/09699980910951645en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume16en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage224en_HK
dc.identifier.epage237en_HK
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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