Managing Construction Logistics

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Wiley, May 11, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 304 pages
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Every major industry except construction uses logistics to improve its bottom line…

Poor logistics is costing the construction industry at least £3 billion a year according to a report – ‘Improving Construction Logistics’ – published by the Strategic Forum for Construction.  Additional costs arise as a result of operatives waiting for materials, and skilled craftsmen being used for unskilled jobs. Inadequate management of logistics also has an adverse effect on quality, causes delays to projects, and adds to the health and safety risks on site. 

This practical book highlights the benefits of good logistics as well as the use of consolidation centres on projects. It shows how reduction in transport movements, less money tied up in stock, less waste, and the more efficient use of skilled craftsmen will reduce the cost of projects, reduce construction time, improve quality, reduce risks to health and safety, improve environmental performance and generally improve the image of the industry.

The authors offer practical ways of achieving these benefits through integrated project teams and supply chains and the increased adoption of information technology including electronic communications, bar coding, and electronic tagging for tracing products. They also show how specific roles for each part of the industry can help to improve logistics.


• Practical, clear and accessible
• First book to address logistics in construction
• Written by the industry-recognized logistics experts
• Tackles issues of key concern: efficient use of labour; sustainability; waste and supply chain management

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About the author (2010)

Gary Sullivan is co-founder of Wilson James Ltd, which provides a range of support services to industry, commerce and government. Planning and delivering logistics and security solutions for large or complex projects, consolidation centres and strategic infrastructure installations.

Stephen Barthorpe is the Corporate Responsibility Manager for MITIE Group PLC, a major strategic outsourcing and asset management company. He is responsible for implementing the Group,s Corporate Responsibility strategy throughout the UK.

Stephen Robbins works at Laing O'Rourke Plc, as Off-Site Production Manager where he utilises his knowledge in the development and implementation of logistics strategies for a number of challenging projects, both at tender and at contract stage.

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