Course detail

Logistics

FAST-CW057Acad. year: 2018/2019

The bases and principles of logistics systems, logistics chains and their creation in the form of tangible and intangible flows. The mathematical methods used in selected areas of logistics along with processes used in the identification and decomposition of systems, methods and means. The options for the application of a logistics approach in the area of construction processes, the equipping of a building site and during the execution of structures. Principles and methods of systems engineering, operational analysis and decision-making processes and their practical use mainly in the preparation and operation of equipment at building sites. Options for the use of computer programmes in the modelling and simulation of phenomena and processes involved in real-world civil engineering activities – with a main focus on the management of building site operation.

Department

Institute of Technology, Mechanisation and Construction Management (TST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

By mastering the subject Logistics, students will gain an understanding of one of the basic system sciences – logistics. They will grasp the principles and theories governing logistics systems, logistics chains, the creation of tangible and intangible flows, logistics approaches to solving operational, supply and transportation problems – with a practical focus on the construction industry. They become acquainted with the practical creation and subsequent use of logistic chains, particularly in the real-world operation of a building site. They will master the basis of the analysis of real systems and their de-aggregation. Students will also gain an understanding of selected topics concerning decision-making processes and selected operational research methods, mastering the options for their use in the preparation and realization of buildings and also with regard to building site equipment. They will be familiarized with the possibilities of using special simulation software for the simulation and modelling of chains, flows and processes. The output of this course takes the form of active participation in solving practical tasks during practical lessons, as well as four protocols from correctly completed assignments covering the subject topic.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of construction technology, understanding of technological processes involved in the realization of buildings, as well as the knowledge needed for the preparation and operation of a building site. Understanding of matrix algebra and statistics.

Co-requisites

Knowledge of mathematics – graph theory, game theory, stochastic, probability theory, linear and nonlinear programming.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course takes the form of lectures, via the solution of assigned practical tasks and projects in practical classes, and also via self-study. There are books and electronic support materials, and individual presentations are also available. The attendance of lectures is recommended and is needed for the proficient completion of the tasks set in the practical lessons. Attendance of practical lessons is compulsory.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Continuous study and participation in lectures and practical classes is required for successful completion of the course. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by answering questions in an exam. The credit for the completion of practical classes is subject to regular and active attendance and the correct solution of tasks.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to the course. Theoretical fundamentals of logistics. The basics of systems theory and control theory – the role of feedback. The fundamentals of systems engineering. The basis of the theory of decision-making processes .
2. Logistics chains – principles and creation of chains. Logistics of tangible and intangible flows – material, information and financial flows. Analysis and reciprocal links. Logistics decomposition of a real corporate structure. Interaction of logistics and production management.
3. Mathematical methods of logistics. Modelling and simulation. The use of simulation programmes.
4. Decision-making processes in practice – relationships between decision making and management. The role of the Chinese postman and Travelling salesman problems. Their use in civil engineering practice – the management of building site operations and the supplying of construction work.
5. Operational research - principles and methods. Linear programming and its practical application.
6. The basics of graph theory. The basics of game theory. The fundamentals of queueing theory and its use in the operation of construction site equipment.
7. Practical tasks and objectives of logistics in business. Use of logistics in the system by which construction processes are managed.
8. Logistics and decision-making functions in the area of the management of building site equipment operation – the provision and management of supplies (warehouses), methods: KANBAN, Just In Time.

Aims

The topic of the course is logistics as a modern scientific tool forming together with cybernetics the basis of the modern control and information systems.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-E-SI (N) Master's

    branch R , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme N-P-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch R , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme N-K-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch R , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

1. Introduction to the course. Theoretical fundamentals of logistics. The basics of systems theory and control theory – the role of feedback. The fundamentals of systems engineering. The basis of the theory of decision-making processes .
2. Logistics chains – principles and creation of chains. Logistics of tangible and intangible flows – material, information and financial flows. Analysis and reciprocal links. Logistics decomposition of a real corporate structure. Interaction of logistics and production management.
3. Mathematical methods of logistics. Modelling and simulation. The use of simulation programmes.
4. Decision-making processes in practice – relationships between decision making and management. The role of the Chinese postman and Travelling salesman problems. Their use in civil engineering practice – the management of building site operations and the supplying of construction work.
5. Operational research - principles and methods. Linear programming and its practical application.
6. The basics of graph theory. The basics of game theory. The fundamentals of queueing theory and its use in the operation of construction site equipment.
7. Practical tasks and objectives of logistics in business. Use of logistics in the system by which construction processes are managed.
8. Logistics and decision-making functions in the area of the management of building site equipment operation – the provision and management of supplies (warehouses), methods: KANBAN, Just In Time.

Exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Syllabus

1. Logistics – a logistics decomposition of a system. Usage in the decomposition of the system of equipping a building site.
2. Logistics chains – internal relationships and relations with surroundings. Example of tangible and intangible flow solutions in real-world building sites and building execution.
3. Examples of operational analysis, decision theory and queueing theory. Solution of supply and transportation problems – application of the roles of the Chinese postman and the travelling salesman.
4. Programmes for logistics modelling. Simulation of examples from the area of queueing theory.
5. Simulation of examples from the area of queueing theory – concurrent production.
6. Simulation of a supply problem.
7. Simulation of an example of a logistics chain from the area of construction site equipment.
8. Simulation of an example of a logistics chain used in building execution.