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Costs and benefits of logistics solutions in construction
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Bygglogistik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0693-8537
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Bygglogistik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1066-2094
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Third-party logistics (TPL) solutions are becoming a regular occurrence in urban construction projects. The industry is, however, still apprehensive regarding the benefits and costs of TPL solutions. The purpose of this study is therefore to investigate TPL benefits, costs, and what is needed in terms of supply chain management (SCM) maturity to realize these effects. This is done through an explorative case study at a large building project employing an in-house TPL solution. Results show that benefits can be realized, but that they come at a cost and that the main challenge is to reach a higher level of SCM maturity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017.
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147532DiVA, id: diva2:1200656
Conference
24th EurOMA conference, 1st-5th July 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland
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SBUF - Sveriges Byggindustriers UtvecklingsfondAvailable from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-05-18
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1. Construction Logistics Solutions in Urban Areas
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Construction Logistics Solutions in Urban Areas
2018 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

More and more people are living in, or moving to, urban areas than ever before. This attraction to urban areas means that new houses and work places are needed. Building new houses or renovating older housing stock is a natural way for a city to evolve. However, the end products of construction projects are produced at their place of consumption. This means that a multitude of materials and resources need to be delivered to, and removed from, each construction site. This leads to new transport flows being created in urban areas. In urban areas, these transports are subjected to space limitations, environmental demands, accessibility demands and noise restrictions. This has led to a situation where material deliveries to construction sites needs to be coordinated and managed in ways that reduce their impact on the urban transport system and at the same time ensuring efficient construction projects.

In essence, construction in urban areas faces two problems; the urban transport problem and the problem of coordinating multiple construction stakeholders. One way to address these problems is through the use of construction logistics solutions such as terminals (e.g. construction logistics centres) and checkpoints. The aim of both types of solutions is to control and coordinate construction transports. In the construction industry, these solutions are however, still a rather new phenomenon. This means that how these solutions are perceived by different stakeholders, and the effect the solutions have on material flows and costs, needs to be explored further.

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how construction logistics solutions can be used as a means to coordinate material flows to ensure efficient construction and reduce disturbances on the urban transport system. To achieve this purpose, the following research questions have been addressed:

RQ1:   How are different stakeholders in the construction industry affected by construction logistics solutions?

RQ2:   How will the use of construction logistics solutions affect material flows and costs in urban construction projects?

To answer the research questions two main methodologies have been used; case study research for the empirical studies and literature reviews for the analysis of the case studies as well as for understanding how supply chain management, logistics, and third-party logistics affects the inter-organizational relationships of the construction industry.

The main findings of the research are firstly that construction logistics solutions do have a role to play in the coordination of different construction stakeholders. Adding this new node will force construction stakeholders to address coordination issues in order to ensure that material deliveries arrive to construction sites on time. This also implies that new inter-organizational relationships will evolve, where communication is key. However, this may not be an easy task as it will call for an attitude adjustment towards a more open and collaborative environment.

Secondly, adding a construction logistics solution can reduce some unnecessary friction between construction stakeholders and third parties. Coordinated material flows can lead to a reduction in the amount of material delivery vehicles that travels to site, thus alleviating some of the congestion in the urban transport system. This will not reduce all friction between construction projects and third parties, but it is a step in the right direction.

Thirdly, a construction logistics solution must come with a set of regulations and a governance strategy from the initiator of the solution. This governance strategy must be clearly stated and communicated to the affected stakeholders. To alleviate animosity towards the solution, flexibility and stakeholder involvement is key. If the directly affected stakeholders are consulted on the function, chances are that they will be more accepting of the solution.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018. p. 60
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Licentiate Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1806
Keywords
construction logistics; construction logistics centres; third-party logistics; governance; stakeholders
National Category
Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147536 (URN)10.3384/lic.diva-147536 (DOI)9789176852903 (ISBN)
Presentation
2018-06-08, K3, Kåkenhus, Linköpings univeristet, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 13:15 (English)
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SBUF - Sveriges Byggindustriers UtvecklingsfondVINNOVA
Available from: 2018-05-15 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved

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