As construction projects are pushed to tighter deadlines and budgets, managing logistics has been recognised as pivotal to the success of Australian construction companies. In fact, some of the greatest inefficiencies present on the job site occur when logistics and operations are not optimised effectively, and technology can help with that.
Scheduling platforms, such as Voyage Control, enable proactive, real-time control of incoming deliveries as well as provide actionable insights for project managers, allowing the optimisation of the entire supply chain. Construction companies can improve site productivity by investing in logistics solutions can help you reduce both wasted or failed deliveries and truck queues.
Construction companies can improve site productivity by investing in logistics solutions can help you reduce both wasted or failed deliveries and truck queues.
Logistical considerations for Australia’s construction industry
Jobsite ANZ spoke exclusively to Alvin Rusly, Account Executive APAC at Voyage Control, on the opportunities logistics software gives to the construction industry.
“For construction companies, logistics issues can cost 10 per cent or more of a total project, and inefficiencies can cost 30 per cent of the total logistics budget. What we do is help deal with limited unloading areas, particularly in built-up urban centres. We also address limits in flexibility and planning due to a reactive approach to delivery scheduling,” says Rusly.
Furthermore, with the increase in regulatory requirements on construction projects, Rusly notes logistics software can help deliver readily accessible data to meet compliance with local regulations.
All about the environment
On top of the operational benefits of logistics technology, there are also environmental benefits as projects become greener. There are real sustainability issues present in the construction industry, specifically on the transportation side. Rusly says that going green is something that is easily achievable with logistics technology.
“There are many environmental benefits here for construction and project managers,” says Rusly. “Not only does the adoption of Voyage Control reduce air pollution and congestion as queuing and waiting times are reduced, but it is also able to calculate carbon dioxide emissions savings accurately. The program has been essential for some of our customers to establish and manage environmental standards for vehicles coming on site. What is more, it helps export data for waste reporting.”
Where we are, and where we’re going
Entering the Australian market has seen Voyage Control overcome considerable challenges in preparation for new opportunities. Rusly says that the biggest challenge was simply breaking through the noise.
“Being a tech startup trying to work with massive construction companies was daunting at first. So was trying to gain awareness in a new market, but we’ve seen some of our clients have fantastic success, such as Laing O’Rourke,” says Rusly.
There is a clear trend in the Australian construction industry to leverage technology to enhance operations and margins.
“Despite some initial speed bumps, we’re excited for the opportunities to come. There is a clear trend in the Australian construction industry to leverage technology to enhance operations and margins. Besides, there’s a lot of potential for our offering to streamline the logistics behind construction projects even more.
“The fact that mobile devices are commonplace on site is also encouraging — proving that technology is no longer being restricted to offices. Instead, it allows for the free flow of information between tradies, project managers, and other stakeholders.”
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