By William J. O'Brien, Carlos T. Formoso, Vrijhoef Ruben, Kerry London

Mounting emphasis on building offer chain administration (CSCM) is because of either worldwide sourcing of fabrics and a scarcity of work. those elements strength expanding quantities of value-added paintings to be performed off-site deep within the offer chain. development provide Chain administration guide compiles in a single entire resource an summary of the various study and examples of development offer chain perform world wide. Reflecting the emergence of CSCM as a major sector of multi-national study and perform, this quantity takes an interdisciplinary viewpoint with contributions from best overseas authors in 3 significant parts: creation and operations research, organizational views, and knowledge know-how. The e-book starts with a survey of the present literature on modeling building offer chain construction and describes a suite of techniques and techniques for designing and working venture provide chains with references to layout and fabrics construction. It presents the elemental framework for realizing the demanding situations and ways to representing and bettering offer chain functionality. the following part acknowledges the significance of contemplating preparations among the various agencies considering designing, buying, and assembling building, and stories numerous views to knowing and bettering organizational matters within the provide chain. the ultimate part presents an summary of a variety of details applied sciences that may give a contribution to provide chain functionality, in addition to examples of potent use. The association and sourcing of fabrics is more and more complicated around the international building undefined. building consumers are not easy speedier, extra responsive development methods and better caliber amenities. This quantity offers a useful source to realizing the consequences of provide chain administration, that's certain to lead to better building undertaking execution.

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McGraw-Hill International Editions, Boston. Hugos, M. 2006. Essentials of Supply Chain Management. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken. Jeong, J. , and Syal, M. 2006. Supply chain simulation modeling for the manufactured housing industry. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 132, 217–25. , and Womack, J. 2003. Seeing the Whole: Mapping the Extended Value Stream. Lean Enterprise Institute, Brookline, MA. Kleijnen, J. P. 2005. Supply chain simulation tools and techniques: A survey. International Journal of Simulation & Process Modeling, 1, 82–89.

Their findings have shown insightful solutions or suggestions for improvement which demonstrate the usefulness of modeling production beyond the boundaries of construction sites. However, construction industry characteristics differ substantially from the manufacturing SCs presented in the previous section of this chapter. Recent publications [see Vaidyanathan and O’Brien 2003; Green, Fernie, and Weller 2005; London and Kenley 2001] have investigated the application of manufacturing SC concepts in construction and have highlighted differences and opportunities.

1 Introduction In spite of the attention that supply chain management (SCM) has attracted among practitioners and researchers, the translation of its concepts, practices, and techniques into the construction industry is still a challenging issue, mostly due to differences that exist between this sector and other industries [O’Brien 2002]. SCM was originated in industries where demand is predictable, the requirements for variety are low, and volume is high [Christopher 2000]. indd 1 8/8/08 7:46:00 AM 3-2 Construction Supply Chain Management Handbook manufacturer is supported by smaller (economically weaker) suppliers or subcontractors [Bresnen 1996].

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