– Procuring materials is a crucial aspect of the construction process in any project.
– How material specifications task plays a significant role throughout the project lifetime in terms of assessing the project performance.
– What are the specifications of international standards and how it is important for construction specifications and procurement processes?
– How important are material specifications for both project owners, contractors, and material suppliers?
Procurement is a term describing the purchasing process for goods and services. In building construction, material procurement is the process by which the materials required to construct a building are selected, ordered, invoiced, paid for, and delivered to the site.
A procurement team or one or more construction buyers may be responsible for procurement activities for products, materials, plant, and subcontractors. They typically work for the main contractor (although sub-contractors may also have buyers on large projects) to ensure that supplies are provided in accordance with the project program, specification, and budget.
Materials will typically be ordered from the supply chain, often from external suppliers with whom the team may have had past successful dealings, or who may be specified in the contract documents.
Procuring materials is a crucial aspect of the construction process as contractors will normally be inundated with requests from suppliers for the provision of goods and services. They must, therefore, order materials that align with both the client’s and contractor’s objectives.
Construction Sector Major SETBACK
It has been researched, that wrong deliveries of construction materials is a major setback in the construction sector. The problem of wrong deliveries in the construction sector is a global phenomenon. It was observed that the performance of the construction sector in terms of time was poor. Therefore, wrong deliveries of construction materials in construction projects give rise to dissatisfaction to all the parties involved and the main role of procurement directors and procurement managers is to make sure that supplies are delivered at the most economically advantageous tender or tender that gives the overall best value for money to specifications.
Wrong deliveries include:
Deliveries that do not meet quality materials specified,
Deliveries of materials that are not fit for purpose, and
Deliveries of materials that are not required by the procurers and their user departments.