10 Steps for implementing a Materials Tracking System
A construction project cannot make a lot of progress without construction materials. Whether you are installing a pipeline or building a skyscraper, materials are the building blocks of development and generally account for a significant amount of the project costs. Extensive planning is involved in managing thousands of line items across the supply chain and material tracking systems are used to control the supply and delivery of every piece driving successful project execution.
‘Tracking’ in this context, is much more than just having a marker on a map. It involves controlling the progress of your materials at every stage (from fabrication to final instalment) and includes managing inventory, logistics, expediting, storage, QA/QC and other responsibilities.
Implementing a system to track materials is no easy task. In this article, we outline the high-level steps you need consider to take control of your material handling processes and implement a materials tracking system that is driven by data captured in the field.