Author Archives: Matt Barker

Changing Construction Site Culture

As a concept, and a way to shape and mould your business, construction logistics may seem like a concern for management and management alone. Given that most projects are seen as one-offs with contractors and labourers moving from site to site – each with a different set of conditions and regulations – how can you effect changing construction site culture long term?

The answer lies in doing it as an industry. If one company pushed in this direction alone it would seem a lot of expense and extra red tape for nothing. If however the whole industry adopts such a strategy then suddenly there is a sea change.

Individual site managers can influence the dynamics and culture of a site – and of course this is where the results of change are realised. But nothing changes for the long-term without the full backing of those in management further up the chain and indeed of those from a wider industry perspective. It is truly selfless leadership from both individuals and corporations equally, that will drive the lasting change the industry requires.

Just In Time & Lean Logistics

One of the basic tenets of Lean Logistics is employing a new approach to getting goods to sites. Rather than have all suppliers come directly to a building site and deliver their goods whenever they want, Lean has a process called Just In Time delivery which takes the pain, and most of the problems, out the process.

Just In Time is about getting what goods are needed to the site, when they are needed. Therefore small deliveries made two or three times a day replace larger sporadic deliveries that clutter the site. Just In Time means that the project manager of the site has to keep on top of all the work that goes on and ensure that they order just what they need for their workers to continue building.

Just In Time marries common sense with an innovative approach to building logistics. Since its introduction it has saved time, money and resource for all that have used it.