Logistics solutions for major construction projects
Plan and implement major construction projects efficiently and with a minimum use of resources
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The more complex the construction site, the greater the logistics requirements. The space within and around construction sites is often tight, especially in urban areas. This makes well-thought-out planning to optimize loading, unloading and manoeuvring space particularly crucial, as well as identifying bottlenecks: what is being delivered and disposed, and where? How is access to the construction site regulated?
Together with its partner Amberg Loglay, Swiss Post provides a logistics tool, construction site personnel and equipment to ensure the precise deployment of materials and workers. Swiss Post also undertakes operational activities on site, trains contractors and ensures an ideal interplay between delivery, storage and disposal. Swiss Post brings with it not only many years of logistical experience but also deploys self-developed digital services to ensure processes run smoothly, e.g. its software tool for managing goods elevators and other unloading equipment, which prevents overlapping processes and minimizes waiting times. IoT technology is used to gather and analyse relevant data in order to identify the current status at the construction site. This technology ensures continual improvements can be made, which are then incorporated into planning for future construction sites.
Analysis, lean logistics and system integration
Logistics and the related traffic are key to the success of a construction project. This is why logistics and their impact should be considered in terms of facilities and transport during the concept phase of the project. Logistics processes need to be embedded in the construction processes. This is particularly important for lean projects. The planning systems from BIM must also be linked with the logistics systems and applications.
This ensures that the logistics do not represent a bottleneck between the start of planning and the start of operations, but that they remain the desired key to success.
Construciton site logistics
In urban areas, space is often at a premium. The effects of such a shortage on building sites are well-known, including a lack of space for unloading, loading and manoeuvring. This means that smart solutions are required for delivery, storage and disposal.
Access control, signage, marking and transport of material deliveries to their place of use are just some of the various aspects that need to be planned and implemented on a construction site.
Logistics around the construction site
In addition to the high level of traffic, roads around construction sites have to cope with the additional burden of construction site traffic. This leads to traffic jams, rat runs in neighbourhoods and pollution. An in-depth traffic analysis can help to avoid these negative effects leading to delays in construction projects. This takes into account waiting areas and adjacent construction projects and helps in designing an optimal traffic management scheme for construction site traffic.
Another measure for lean logistics can be to set up a temporary consolidation warehouse close to the construction site. This is where materials are delivered, temporarily stored and taken to the intended place of use on the construction site on a just-intime basis.
But there are not just major complex challenges to be overcome for construction sites. There are also a number of smaller tasks to be performed. In both cases, micro services can solve many problems, and have a significant impact on processes.
Micro services are digital applications with a wide variety of functions:
- Asset tracking enables items such as machines, tools and equipment to be localized throughout their life cycles. It is also helpful for finding these items in the event of misappropriation or theft.
- Sensors help to analyse traffic and locate equipment on the construction site. In addition, they can measure the pace of work and therefore potentially shorten the construction phase.
- Smart buttons can be used in various ways, for example for access control, alerts, lift reservation, transmission of fill levels (e.g. for mobile refuelling solutions), in disposal management and container collection, or in reporting C-part requirements (small parts management).
This list is not exhaustive. Micro services can be developed and used for a wide variety of purposes.
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