Last edited 27 Aug 2020

Site layout plan for construction

Site layout plans are prepared by contractors as part of their mobilisation activities before work on site commences.

They are a crucial part of construction management, as sites can be very complex places involving the co-ordination and movement of large quantities of materials as well as high-value products, plant and people. Effectively and accurately laying out a site can help ensure that the works are undertaken efficiently and safely.

Careful sizing and positioning of temporary facilities can help reduce travel times, congestion, waiting times, and so on, and help to make the site a more effective workplace with better worker morale.

Site layout planning involves four basic processes:

Site layout plans might include locations for and sizes of:

Problems caused by poor site layout planning can include:

As sites will change in nature during the course of the works, there may be a number of different site layout plans for different phases, and there may be more detailed plans showing particularly complex areas or sequences or describing specific functions.

The use of building information modelling (BIM) can help describe the construction site in three dimensions and through different phases, effectively creating a virtual construction model.

See also: Contractor's site layout planning.

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