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HEAVY CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

Implement just-in-time construction strategies

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SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target

9.4

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

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Assessment

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(1) Analyse the time flexibility in each production area to determine the applicability of a JIT option can have.
(2) Recognize risk areas and loopholes to ensure that a buffer is in place for the parts identified.
(3) Improvise to identify ways to manage uncertainties and eliminate the causes for variations inflows to minimize physical buffers.
(4) Assess the relationship with your supplier as a strong relationship with suppliers, or one where they rely on your business would give you leverage to make a significant transition to accommodate your JIT needs.

Opportunity

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Business: Increase the competitive advantage in terms of consistently and continuously meeting consumer’s requirements, improve the quality of construction materials and components, and minimized inventory (cost savings). Scope to improve the relationship with suppliers with a sustainable or innovative goal in mind.

Sustainability: Significant energy savings from lower inventory being held.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Align with stakeholders on the just in time (JIT) system, and educate about the benefits of the system.
(2) Identify risk areas or points of uncertainty and maintain inventory accordingly alongside the JIT system process implementation.
(3) Look into the bottlenecks and discern the various sources of the uncertainty associated with them. Analyze and plan to reduce the occurance of these to reduce work flow variations.
(4) Maintain inventory stock of materials based on critical analysis in a progressive manner.
(5) Develop a training programs/materials for new recruits and regular employees to engage with implementation and benefits of JIT.
(6) Maintain and track value created.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Leverage on a relationship with a supplier to develop a JIT system-related statements into the contract. Accordingly, necessitate the need for a long-term contract to build on the relationship as well.
(2) Negotiate with suppliers to accommodate their requirements as well to compensate for the unpredictable nature of this approach.
(3) Inclusion of minimum order guarantees to be requested from the suppliers.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Maintain monthly reports on JIT systems' measures - the percentage of deliveries on time, the total amount of energy used, turnaround time, and amount of material waste produced.

Regular quarterly meetings to discuss the JIT system implementation in general and feedback from each team on improvement areas.

Half-yearly meetings to discuss new technologies that complement the JIT program and make it more efficient.

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