Efficient logistics in construction sites, the most important time reduction factor

Reducing time in construction sites involves first of all a better organisation of every facility, from storing materials to vehicles, equipment etc. Time reduction, intelligent space usage and environmental protection require logistics efficiency in carrying materials and performing the activities specific to a construction site.

In order to create a construction site, it is important that every section of the space (especially the ones designed for storage) to be located in a way in which the construction materials to be stored in strategic positions so as not to lose space and time during transportation. However, before the actual transportation, the logistics is the factor that helps reduce time or, if not done efficiently, it can contribute to losing time and delaying the works. “In a construction site, the most important factor is logistics: the necessary materials, which come in great quantities, are brought and they need to be stored in specially designed spaces; the extra materials are either re-used or carried outside the construction site so they can be used. For all these processes to take place it is necessary to use every section of the available space and therefore reduce time. If the materials are not transported efficiently or the operation of the vehicles is not done correctly, the contractor stands to lose time and money”, said Daniel Bîrsan, General Manager Wiebe Romania.
It is obvious that, in order to place the crushed stone and sleepers, to do the welding works, assemble cables, install the signalling systems etc., the equipment used is indispensable. The rail cranes, locomotives and rail cars used to carry materials, the excavators and multifunctional installations, they all need space in order to perform their activities. However, time reduction in construction sites is influenced by the technology of the equipment.
The modern equipment, with multiple functionalities, has replaced many of the classical equipment and, implicitly, their activity. For instance, “the recycling equipment used to optimize the railway platform – RPM – can replace around 20 bulldozers, 30 excavators, 50 high-tonnage vehicles. Using this equipment increases the performance, saves time and energy and helps protect the environment”, explained Daniel Bîrsan. This way, the investments made in this type of equipment are very cost-effective, because they help save time, space, energy and, last but not least, money.
Along a railway line which is under construction, it is very important to know how and where to set up a construction site. The construction activity is constant; the work takes place on lines that have been closed for traffic, but the vehicles and equipment used have to operate on these sections: carrying materials, using and storing them. These activities require space. In this context, a construction site should be able to use a surface of 15-20 km along a railway line.

[ by Pamela Luică ]
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