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TitleEnhancing the logistics of construction materials through activity-based simulation approach
 
AuthorsNg, ST1
Shi, J2
Fang, Y1
 
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
 
CitationEngineering, Construction And Architectural Management, 2009, v. 16 n. 3, p. 224-237 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09699980910951645
 
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.
 
ISSN0969-9988
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09699980910951645
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.identifier.citationEngineering, Construction And Architectural Management, 2009, v. 16 n. 3, p. 224-237 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09699980910951645
 
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dc.subjectBuffer stock
 
dc.subjectConstruction materials
 
dc.subjectDistribution management
 
dc.subjectHong Kong
 
dc.subjectJust in time
 
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dc.titleEnhancing the logistics of construction materials through activity-based simulation approach
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln