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STUDIES ON THE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES
G.Vasudevan, S.Divya

Published in: International Journal of Current Engineering And Scientific Research ( IJCESR)
Volume- 4, Issue-9, pp.48-60, Sep 2017
DPI :-> 16.10046.IJCESR.2017.V4I9.4860.1990



Abstract
In construction project operation, often there is a project cost variance in terms of the material, equipments, manpower, overhead cost and other natural calamities. Material is the main component in construction projects. Therefore, if the material management is not properly managed it will create an adverse project cost variance and reduces construction productivity. Project cost can be controlled by taking corrective actions towards the cost variance. The objective of this research paper is to identify the main cause of the cost variance, construction productivity and to recommend the corrective actions. The approach to serve the objective is by conducting surveys of high rise building construction projects in order to identify the cause of project cost variance in material management purchasing and by interviewing experts in order to obtain recommendations in taking corrective actions. Responses of 25 consultants and contractors are to be analyzed. Results of which, may suggest that the planning and scheduling of organization, personnel, procurement, delivery, quality assistance, quality control, storage facilities, usage and change order are the most important factors related to materials management which creates project cost variance and construction productivity loss in construction site. On the other hand, project management as a professional service, nationality of the professional firms and involvement of the contractor in materials management are the important causes in most construction projects. Efficient material management is essential to managing a productive and cost efficient site. Material management involves procurement, storage, identification, retrieval, transport, and construction methods. Each is indelibly linked to safety, productivity, and schedule performance. In this paper three principles were suggested for the efficient material management practices. The timely availability of materials to work site will directly affect the productivity of labor and accomplishment of schedule. For the timely availability of material to work spot the materials has to be purchased on time. The high variability of construction environments results in high constructioncost variation, especially in material costs. Inadequate planning may cause material shortages that delay the project schedule or, alternatively, a substantial increase in inventory costs by producing or supplying materials earlier than they are needed at the construction site.

Key-Words / Index Term
Material Management In Construction, Planning and scheduling of organization, procurement, delivery, quality assistance, quality control, storage facilities, usage, change order

How to cite this article
G.Vasudevan, S.Divya , “STUDIES ON THE MATERIAL MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES”, International Journal of Current Engineering And Scientific Research ( IJCESR), 4, Issue-9, pp.48-60, Sep 2017. DPI:16.10046.IJCESR.V4.I9.1990