Reducing Costs in Urban Transportation Construction

by John W. Fondahl, (F.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,
Henry W. Parker, (F.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,
Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 51-63


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: This paper describes an in-depth research study to evaluate the current and projected state of productivity in the construction of transportation facilities and explores improved mechanisms for implementing transportation construction innovations. At this stage it is evident that some of the major obstacles that impact costs, reduce productivity, and inhibit the implementation of innovations result from:(1)Decisions made and policies set during the planning and design phases; (2)the contractual and organizational structure chosen for project administration; and (3)delays and cost increases resulting from third-party intervention. There are also opportunities for further improvements through wider and more effective use by construction contractors of management techniques that have already proven to be successful.

Subject Headings: Construction costs | Productivity | Innovation | Transportation studies | Business organizations | Construction methods

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