Information Technology in Materials Management

Information Technology in Materials Management

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5291-9.ch005
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Abstract

Ensuring proper supply and timely delivery of materials during every stage of construction is crucial for overall project success. The task of managing materials is difficult and requires considerable effort on the part of engineers, project planners, supervisors, logistics teams, and storekeepers. This chapter explains the problems associated with materials management and how information technology can help in solving those issues. The authors discuss the use of RFID and the role that this technology can play in tracking shuttering components, such as Mivan, and many similar high-value raw materials and even smaller items. They also discuss how bar and QR codes can help in materials management.
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Materials Management

Materials Management is a coordinating function that controls and regulates the processes of planning and flow of raw materials. In finer detail, materials management can be considered to be a well-defined clearly laid out approach involving planning, scheduling, purchasing, delivering, handling, and storing with the aim of reducing waste and meeting objectives of requirement of resources within the overall project schedule. Materials management is a critical exercise that boosts productivity. As such, the efficient use of materials and the management thereof can have a considerable impact on the overall operational productivity of a construction company, and also help prevent delays and cost overruns.

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