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Effective material logistics in urban construction sites: a structural equation model

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posted on 2023-05-08, 14:43 authored by JOHN SPILLANEJOHN SPILLANE, Lukumon O. Oyedele


The purpose of this paper is to identify best practice relating to the effective management of materials in an urban, confined construction site, using structural equation modelling.


A literature review, case study analysis and questionnaire survey are used, with the results scrutinised using confirmatory factor analysis in the form of structural equation modelling.


The following are the leading strategies in the management of materials in a confined urban site environment; (1) Consult and review the project programme, (2) Effective communication and delivery, (3) Implement site safety management plans, and (4) Proactive patial monitoring and control. 

Research limitations/implication: 

With the relentless expansion of urban centres and the increasing high cost of materials, any potential savings made on-site would translate into ignificant monetary concessions on completion of a project. 


 As on-site project management professionals successfully identify and implement the various strategies in the management of plant and materials on a confined urban site, successful resource management in this restrictive environment is attainable.  



Construction Innovation, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 406-428


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