Improving efficiency and environmental impact applying JIT logistics and transport consolidation in urban construction projects

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The way in which construction logistics is organised has considerable impact on production flow, transportation efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and congestion, particularly in urban areas such as city centres. In cities such as London and Amsterdam municipalities have issued new legislation and stricter conditions for vehicles to be able to access cities and city centres in particular. Considerate clients, public as well private, have started developing tender policies to encourage contractors to reduce the environmental impact of construction projects. This paper reports on an ongoing research project applying and assessing developments in the field of construction logistics in the Netherlands. The cases include contractors and third party logistics providers applying consolidation centres and dedicated software solutions to increase transportation efficiency. The case show various results of JIT logistics management applied to urban construction projects leading to higher transportationefficiencies, and reduced environmental impact and increased production efficiency on site. The data collections included to-site en on-site observations, measurement and interviews. The research has shown considerable reductions of vehicles to deliver goods and to transport workers to site. In addition the research has shown increased production flow and less waste such as inventory, waiting and unnecessary motion on site.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Creative Construction Conference 2018 (CCC 2018)
EditorsMiroslaw Skibniewski, Miklos Hajdu
Place of PublicationLjubljana, Slovenia
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventCCC 2018: Creative Construction Conference 2018 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 30 Jun 20183 Jul 2018


ConferenceCCC 2018: Creative Construction Conference 2018


  • consolidation
  • construction transportation
  • just in time logistics
  • logistics efficiency
  • urban construction projects


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