The construction sector has important needs in terms of transport and logistics (material supply, reverse logistics, temporary storage, etc.) and thus heavily impacts the quality of life in urban areas. This local event allowed bringing together around twenty actors concerned by the topic of “Construction supply chain optimisation” to discuss possible solutions. The conference was jointly organised by AFT and Vinci Construction France in the framework of the SUCCESS project at the Maison des Métallos in Paris on 7 November 2017.

In the context of growing populations in European metropolitan areas and the resulting needs of new infrastructures, the SUCCESS project aims to make the most of the construction sector’s enormous potential for improvement by exploring and testing new tools and methods, including the potential creation of Construction Consolidation Centres, in order to provide replicable solutions and improve the use of the existing transport infrastructure and the level of cooperation among the different stakeholders of the construction supply chain.

imag0209The conference gave the occasion to both French partners and the project coordinator LIST to present the project’s approach as well as the envisaged solutions which should notably allow:

  • optimising the use of existing transport infrastructures,
  • reducing negative impacts on the environment of urban construction sites,
  • improving the cooperation between the different actors of the supply chain,
  • optimising the overall performance of the supply chain operations in the construction sector.

p1020232During the morning session and the project presentation, logisticians, transporters, builders and a representative from the city of Paris could react, give their opinion on the feasibility of the proposed solutions and share their own experiences. In the afternoon, two parallel workshops were organised to brainstorm on leverage factors for the improvement of construction logistics (e.g. centralisation of logistics, kitting, use of less pollutant vehicles, etc.). In a second step, the “Choosing by advantage method” was used to evaluate the feasibility of implementing these actions with or without a Construction Consolidation Centre. The results of these workshops as well as the valuable feedbacks and ideas collected during the discussions will enrich the ongoing work in the project and will be integrated into the final results and outputs.p1020230

The SUCCESS project will end in April 2018. Another local event will be organised in Paris to present the project results (date and place tbc). The final conference of the project will be jointly organised with the CIVITAS Urban Freight Cluster in cooperation with CityLab, NOVELOG and U-Turn on 23 and 24 April 2018 in Brussels.

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