Setting up a construction material logistics plan

What is a construction material logistics plan?

Guide

A material logistics plan (MLP) is used to help with the efficient management of materials in construction projects, including cost and resource management.

Setting up a construction material logistics plan

There are several stages in setting up an MLP for your construction project:

  1. identify who is responsible for the MLP and their roles
  2. set up a training and communications plan
  3. determine the type and quantity of each material your project will need, and establish key performance indicators for their procurement
  4. identify where and how you will store your construction materials
  5. ensure any subcontractors you use are prepared and included in the MLP
  6. manage the materials needed for site mobilisation and construction
  7. manage the resources - eg materials, equipment, plant, waste and personnel - once the project is completed to ensure excess materials are managed and extra costs avoided
  8. review your MLP and improve future plans

In order to get the most out of your MLP, you should aim to be as detailed as possible and try to include the whole supply chain involved in the project. This will allow you to better predict the cost of your project and manage any waste and excess costs.

Download a template construction material logistics plan (DOC, 308K).