Automated Tracking of FSC Timber

Qflow was developed to automate the tracking and auditing of FSC timber deliveries to construction sites. The tool was deployed by Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd at the Wood Wharf project for a three month trial in September 2018, and has since been adopted full time. It automates the data capture and analysis for key compliance areas, eliminating the need for manual data handling, enabling teams to focus on value-adding activities.

The intention was to develop a tool that would overhaul the existing process for tracking and auditing FSC certification: through paper material delivery notes.

The overall objective was to ensure the Wood Wharf project achieved its FSC Project Chain of Custody certification, a requirement of all Canary Wharf Contractor construction projects, and eliminated the significant waste caused by re-work carried out to meet this certification.

The objective of the tool was to eliminate human error in data input, as it is usually a prime cause of non-compliance. Automated data capture at point of delivery significantly reduces manual input of information and data quality checks, and provides real-time alerts of non-compliance, identifying repeat offenders to target improvements.

Total estimated savings made by Qflow over one year is £54,000, and this saving consists of:

  • £6,000 time saving in chasing non-compliance
  • £12,000 time saving in data QA
  • £36,000 avoided timber replacements

Additional savings based on avoiding disruption to works and risk of not achieving project certification are not accounted for, which were estimated at £136,000. It is also estimated that over 20m3 of timber waste was avoided, equal to equated to 11,737 kg CO2 emmissions.

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