Since 2009, the Lars Erik Lundberg Foundation for Research and Education has financed a newly established professorship entitled the Lars Erik Lundberg Chair in Construction Logistics.
The Foundation has committed to financing this professorship and an associated doctoral studentship within the professor’s field over a period of ten years from 2009 until 2019, initially in an amount of SEK 1.5 million per 12-month period.
For Linköping University and its Norrköping Campus, the Lundberg Chair provides very important funding for both research and education.
Vision and focus
The vision for this professorship was to become a leading national research team within construction logistics by 2015, and by 2020 to have become a leading international research team with the ability to aid the Swedish construction industry in being internationally competitive. Accordingly, the team’s research is focused on construction logistics in close cooperation with trade and industry, organizations and other research environments, and also on the dissemination of knowledge and skills in construction logistics to students, the construction industry, and society as a whole. In this perspective, construction logistics includes activities affecting logistics and production in the supply chain, on the construction site and in the interface between the supply chain and the construction site.
The overall objective is to conduct needs-based research anchored in the construction industry and with the aim of building more efficiently in terms of time, cost and quality. More specifically, research is targeted at:
- Developing new methods and new processes for efficient construction logistics.
- Developing principles and methods for logistics aimed at improving the degree of industrialization.
- Developing new information, planning and decision support systems for the special and future needs of the construction industry.
For example, current research projects are focused on dimensions and measurement as well as the analysis and development of logistics systems in the construction industry, logistics solutions in prefabrication and industrialization, and the use of alternative transport and storage solutions in the construction supply chain.
Dissemination of knowledge
In addition to organizing seminars and conferences and holding lectures for the industry and industry associations, the results of the research are also being disseminated via newsletters and popular science articles in industry magazines. In addition, the close collaboration with the various stakeholders involved in the construction supply chain guarantees that the results will be applied in practice.
Students are also provided with a course in construction logistics. Initially, the course was offered to students of the construction engineering program at Linköping University, Norrköping Campus, but in the long term, students from other programs with a logistics orientation will also be able to benefit from the course. Some examples from the course content include Supply Chain Management, Lean Production/Lean Construction, Supply Chain and Construction Site Logistics, and Industrialized Construction.
For more information about the professorship and its activities, contact Professor Martin Rudberg. Telephone: +46 (0)13-281566