Scania has carried out deep analyses of the industry, to pinpoint the challenges that transport companies and contractors face during the different phases in a construction project.
In turn, Scania can then provide the best, tailor-made solutions for its customers. Scania’s mindset is that all companies operating within the industry play an important role for creating a smooth flow in the construction process.
1. EXCAVATION AND DEMOLITION
First, the site needs to be prepared for the building project. Tipper trucks remove excavated material and bring in new aggregates. Tractors with flatbed trailers are often used to transport machinery to and from the site. You will also find machines such as dumpers, excavators, wheel loaders, stone crushers and gensets, all of which can be fitted with Scania engines that are built using a modular system using a limited number of well-proven components. This gives swift and reliable access to parts and service. In bigger projects, construction of supporting infrastructure and temporary roads is often required.
2. GRAVEL PIT
Quarries and gravel pits produce the aggregates that can be used at the construction site. These include sand, gravel, crushed stone, slag and recycled crushed concrete. Here, tipper trucks play an important role, as well as articulated dump trucks, wheel loaders, gensets and stone crushers, all of which can be fitted with Scania engines.
3. BATCHING PLANT
A batching plant serves the construction site with material for the building process. Inputs include sand, water, aggregate from the nearby gravel pit, fly ash, potash and cement or bitumen. Here, tipper trucks and concrete mixer trucks prove their worth in the value chain, transporting materials both to the batching plant and to the construction sites.
Large infrastructure projects often create large volumes of surplus material, such as rocks, sand and crushed concrete. This material is often recycled back into the flow of other building projects, for example to a gravel pit (see: 2). At the landfill site, various types of vehicles are needed. Tipper trucks ship the material from the construction site, and bulldozers fitted with Scania engines can be used to restore the landscape.
5. FOUNDATION AND CONSTRUCTION
This is where things start to take form.. Tipper trucks bring the required material in; heavy haulage trucks bring in heavy machines and building material; skip and hook loaders collect construction waste materials at the site; mobile cranes fitted with Scania engines move building elements; concrete mixers bring concrete to the site which is pumped to the required location by concrete pumps; and, compressors and gensets, fitted with Scania engines, provide electricity. In this intense environment the construction company that manages to get a smooth flow in the logistics chain is the one that can be profitable.
6. CONNECTED TO THE WORKSHOP
As trucks circulate in the logistics flow, vehicle data is transmitted to operators using Scania Fleet Management. This is used for vehicle tracking, to schedule and optimise maintenance, for driver follow-up to meet preset targets and for other services relating to the vehicle and driver. Service and parts supply is organised via Scania’s strong service network, comprising some 1,700 service points worldwide, on-road via Scania Assistance or on-site through a Scania field workshop. In addition, Scania’s workshop services can be tailor-made to provide maintenance and repairs for superstructure and trailers.