infrastructure

Re-engineered

Whether it is expanding existing infrastructure or breaking new ground - our experience in infrastructure design and specification ensures what is implemented will suit operational needs.

We view infrastructure holistically and are involved in the total site design. Distribution campuses are made up of many elements that go beyond building internals. We identify goods and truck flow from gatehouse entry to exit and optimise any activities that may influence an order’s cost, availability, and fulfilment time. All site elements must be synchronised and balanced to create a complete operation.

As an independent consulting and design firm, we are not solution or supplier specific. We design and specify the most appropriate systems, equipment, and software that meets operational needs and introduce technology and automation where applicable. Key to creating sustainable infrastructure is to incorporate accuracy, responsiveness, flexibility, and scalability which can sustain fluctuating yearly demands and offerings as well as business growth and direction.

We work closely with our clients to create the best designs, layouts and requirements. Implementing a fit-for-purpose infrastructure that ensures longevity, maximises availability, has the best business case, and shortest payback.

 

Building and campus

Sizing models

Analysing throughput requirements, inventory targets, and growth projections to determine appropriate campus and facility sizing.

Site development planning (SDP)

Developing a long-term vision of a site’s requirements to ensure that future developments are not compromised.

Campus layouts

Campus layout optimisation for optimal on and off-site traffic flow and efficient use of land that is aligned with an extension plan. We consider all logistic campus elements including the gatehouse, truck wash, workshop, gas and nitrogen refuelling stations, weighbridges, parking, and returns operations.

Internal building layouts

Maximise building potential and simulate operations to create the best flow of goods, machines, people, and information.

Building specifications

Functional logistic specifications including building height, roof design, flooring type, lighting levels and type, fire protection planning, temperature control, environmental considerations, receiving/despatch interfaces, and staffing requirements.

Equipment and logistic infrastructure

Materials handling system design

Designing and laying out of infrastructure that fits the required receiving, storage, picking, despatch, and returns operations. Our approach takes into consideration sustainability, return on investment, operational ease, level of support, culture fit, and future planning in the selection process of a solution.

Materials handling equipment specification

Compiling comprehensive specifications to suit the operation based on our extensive, global product knowledgebase and experience.

Software and system functional specification and selection

Warehouse management systems (WMS)

Different to an Inventory control system which only locates and records movement. A WMS optimises activities in a facility by managing available resources including machines, people, and space.

Warehouse control and execution systems (WCS/WES)

Machine and equipment control system that takes directives from a warehouse management system (WMS). Implementation is often simpler and more affordable than integrating operations directly with a WMS.

Transport management systems

Systems that optimise route planning, consolidation, and manage real time tracking.

Yard management systems

Systems that prioritise docks and doors, parking bays, scheduling and queuing within a site for transport vehicles.