Chapter 5Materials Management


5.1 Site planning to reduce loss and waste

A good site manager, given the resources, can ensure successful materials storage and handling. But a good site manager without the resources can achieve very little.

Materials management on an open spacious site is far easier than on a confined site. Management attitudes to the control of materials varies widely from one company to another. Often managers on the smaller projects receive little encouragement from senior managers who are more concerned about profitability than reducing waste on site.

It is essential to allocate specific monies in the tender for the costs of managing materials – no mater which of the preliminaries it is hidden in or included in. Monies need to be included in a tender bid to provide:

  • hard standing areas for site access and materials storage areas
  • facilities to cover and protect components from the weather
  • timber pallets or crates in which to store materials such as formwork, scaffold fittings and drainage fittings
  • a storage compound with dedicated material storage areas for the storage of window frames, lintels, pipes and sheeting etc.
  • lifters or loaders to handle materials onto scaffolds and loading platforms
  • tarpaulin sheets to ...

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