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Capital Projects Materials Handling Methods & Practices

Capital Projects Materials Handling Methods & Practices

Materials can originate anywhere in the world then travel a variety of ways to project construction sites. In the process, materials are inspected, modified, handled, packaged, documented, inventoried, aggregated, de-aggregated, stored, loaded, transported and unloaded many times by a variety of companies and agencies. The objective of this collaboration is to identify and document actual/common practices and methods associated with packing, marking and handling of these materials. Questions that will be addressed by this collaboration include:

  1. What are the packaging types, categories and techniques used by fabricators, logistics services provides, and site operators?
  2. What are the applicable regulatory agencies and constraints associated with materials packaging and disposal?
  3. How is packaging criteria specified or determined?
  4. What are the packaging, marking (identification) and documenting methods preferred by EPCs and why?
  5. What monitors (mechanical, shock etc.) are incorporated into packaging and how is it specified and verified?
  6. What are the criteria and methods used to consolidate materials into bags, boxes, containers, and crates (including, sealing, packing, marking and reporting)?
  7. What are the methods used for inspecting, reconciling and certifying materials?
  8. What are the transportation methods, how is it selected and what are the constraints?
  9. How is expediting related activities launched and managed?
  10. What would be reasonable criteria for identifying and selecting optimal RFID tagging technologies?
  11. What tests can be conducted to verify RFID performance and compatibility with existing process on actual representative packaged materials?
  12. What viable Green Initiatives can be considered to reduce wastage and environmental impact?

Through a combination of Internet searches, discussions with University of Houston instructors, Panprojects, FIATECH program leads, EPCs, and/or members of the University of Houston Advisory Board for the Center for Logistics Technology the team will gain understanding and formulate priorities and strategies to address these questions. To ensure participation and avoid duplication of effort, team members will be assigned specific responsibilities and a combined status reports will be distributed weekly.


Project Contacts

  • Lili AuThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (713) 320-8866
  • Jason Bingham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (281) 794- 4713
  • Jonathan EchevarriaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (832) 526-0788
  • Sylvia JimenezThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (832)341-7675
  • Robert RinkThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (713) 824-0064

Business Case

The purpose of this collaboration is to provide a basic foundation for understanding and appreciating Capital Projects Materials Handling Methods & Practices, which can built upon in future projects, such as commodity marking optimization, RFID use case strategies & methods, and container recycling. Additionally, this project is intended to facilitate linkages between the University of Houston, Logistics and Supply Chain Technology (http://www.tech.uh.edu/Programs/Logistics_Technology/) department and FIATECH (and it’s members).


Member Project Sponsor

  • Ken Long, Head of Panprojects USA

Collaborating Organizations

  • University of Houston - Logistics and Supply Chain
  • FIATECH

Project Completion Date

May 2011


Project Deliverables

The deliverables on this project will be:

  1. Weekly status reports;
  2. A Capital Projects Materials Handling Methods & Practices Capital whitepaper;
  3. Recommendations on future project focuses areas;
  4. Presentations to University of Houston Advisory Board for the Center for Logistics Technology; and
  5. Lessons learned FIATECH webinar presentation.