Construction projects efficiency: How can a Delivery Management System help

Read more about what a delivery management system can do for your construction project.

Introduction to delivery management systems

Construction projects, in essence, are the process of gathering materials, people, and equipment together to create a unique structure.  While the volume of these three aspects may vary across projects, they are always present to some degree. A small domestic dwelling project and its large infrastructure counterpart have to deal with the same management challenges, just to varying extents.

For almost all construction projects it’s not feasible to gather and store all the required materials before starting the construction process. This is especially the case within urban areas where logistical challenges are more prominent, largely due to traffic congestion. While cash flow is often the main factor that people point to for causing this challenge, storage and handling can also drastically limit the flow and procurement of materials at the start of a project.

A common problem within larger projects is the early delivery of materials and equipment. This often occurs as sub-contractors want to improve their cash flow, so they deliver and invoice their materials ahead of schedule. This leads to lay-down areas being occupied, which can impede projects and potentially lead to lost or damaged materials.

Avoiding logistical challenges such as these require lean and efficient resource management, material handling and delivery scheduling. Managing your supply chain and material flow is as much a part of a construction process as digging holes, erecting steelwork, or pouring concrete.

Failure to successfully manage these elements can lead to project disruption and reduce efficiency and productivity. In some worst-case scenarios, this form of mismanagement has led to project delays or even terminations. These situations are exactly what delivery management systems are developed to avoid.

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Delivery management systems (DMS) provide a flexible structure and various tools for logistical managers to organise all these elements in one place.

Being able to oversee deliveries, materials, people, and equipment simultaneously allows for much greater control over a project’s construction logistics. For many urban construction projects, delivery system management is a key component in ensuring smooth operational and logistical processes.

With modern developments there is also an increased importance on minimising environmental factors from construction projects; especially carbon emissions. A DMS allows project managers to track and record their sites’ carbon footprints accurately and in real time. This provides them with a greater framework to implement changes which will lead to a smaller footprint.

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