Special Issue "Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Construction: Resilience, Flexibility, and Innovation"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction Management, and Computers & Digitization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022)

Special Issue Editors

Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, 10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: renovation of buildings; green and sustainable construction; sustainable supply chain management; energy behavior change; property management; multiple criteria decision making: applications in construction and real estate
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Guildhall School of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University, London N7 8DB, UK
Interests: sustainability; circular economy; sustainable operations; Industry 4.0/5.0; artificial intelligence; net zero economy
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Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies, Ara Institute of Canterbury, PO Box 540, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Interests: sustainable construction; construction supply chain; circular economy in construction; building information modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays most of the existing supply chain management (SCM) strategies and frameworks are being transferred to construction notwithstanding the specifics and the uniqueness of companies within the building and construction sector. Various complex sustainability components such as environmental, social and financial are required for the persistent assessment of this innovative field. In spite of the developing ubiquity of sustainable supply chain management and logistics in construction, the potential, challenges and uncertainties of sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) stay. Further investigation is required and the potential of the topic remains unexplored. This Special Issue is aimed at theoretical and empirical research contributions developing and studying novel approaches to sustainable supply chain management in the building and construction sector.

The relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • BIM and GIS in sustainable supply chain management;
  • DSS for sustainable supply chain management in construction;
  • Modern operation research techniques in sustainable supply chain management;
  • Strategic decision making in construction supply chains;
  • Greening the construction supply chain;
  • Lean and flexible/agile construction supply chains;
  • Circular procurement, sourcing, logistics, and design principles;
  • Blockchain technologies for construction supply chains;
  • SSCM in construction in a post-COVID-19 world.

Prof. Dr. Audrius Banaitis
Prof. Dr. Anil Kumar
Dr. Serdar Durdyev
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • construction supply chain management
  • BIM and GIS in SSCM
  • DSS for SSCM
  • modern operations research techniques in SSCM
  • greening the construction supply chain
  • circular procurement, sourcing, logistics, and design principles
  • blockchain technologies for construction supply chains
  • SSCM in a post-COVID-19 world

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Status of Value Management Implementation in Small and Medium Construction Projects in Malaysia
Buildings 2022, 12(5), 658; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12050658 - 16 May 2022
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Value management (VM) should be implemented in construction projects to achieve the best value-for-money for clients, irrespective of project size. However, its regular implementation in Malaysia appears mostly in large projects driven by legislation. Negligence was therefore aroused towards implementing VM for smaller [...] Read more.
Value management (VM) should be implemented in construction projects to achieve the best value-for-money for clients, irrespective of project size. However, its regular implementation in Malaysia appears mostly in large projects driven by legislation. Negligence was therefore aroused towards implementing VM for smaller projects and the specific status remains ambiguous to date. This paper aims to investigate the current status of VM implementation in small and medium construction projects in Malaysia with a view to exploring the challenges and measures in improving the status. A total of 162 construction organizations directly involved in small and medium projects were surveyed using a structured questionnaire. The findings revealed that the execution of VM by organizations for smaller construction projects is relatively low and significantly subject to project size regardless of project type. Practitioners’ levels of frequency and awareness towards implementing VM in small and medium construction projects remain low and unsatisfactory. Also, VM implementation in smaller projects was found significantly correlated with the experience of organizations and practitioners. Challenges and measures in ameliorating the observed status were explored. The findings contribute to a clear understanding of VM in small and medium construction projects in Malaysia and call for more attention from both academia and industry on VM for smaller sizes of projects. Full article
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Application of Wasted and Recycled Materials for Production of Stabilized Layers of Road Structures
Buildings 2022, 12(5), 552; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12050552 - 26 Apr 2022
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The construction industry, as one of the most complex sectors, depends on using wasted and recycled materials, timely decision-making, and adequate execution of all activities in supply chains. This paper presents tests of mixtures for cold in-place recycling where existing material is used. [...] Read more.
The construction industry, as one of the most complex sectors, depends on using wasted and recycled materials, timely decision-making, and adequate execution of all activities in supply chains. This paper presents tests of mixtures for cold in-place recycling where existing material is used. In this research, we used cement and bitumen emulsion as well as fly ash, zeolite, slag, and Bakelite. A total of seven mixtures were tested in order to increase sustainability. It was tested the indirect tensile strength and dynamic modulus of elasticity after seven and 28 days for dry specimens, after 28 days for water-saturated specimens and for specimens exposed to frost. After completing the tests using the MEREC (MEthod based on the Removal Effects of Criteria) and CoCoSo (Combined Compromise Solution) multi-criteria model, mixtures were evaluated and ranked in terms of mechanical properties, price, and environmental protection. Considering the ranking of mixtures using the CoCoSo method, the highest quality mixtures, for most combinations of weight factors, are mixtures with slag, mixtures with fly ash, and mixtures with 2% of cement and 2% of bitumen emulsion. Sensitivity analysis was also performed with new simulated values of the criteria in order to determine the individual influence of the criteria on the ranking of mixtures. The conclusions are as follows: the use of bitumen emulsion, cement, waste materials, and other materials in cold recycling would reduce the cost of recycling pavement structures, increase environmental protection, while the mechanical properties of the pavement structures are within acceptable limits. Full article
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