Civil Engineering Productivity—Can It Be Boosted?

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Sr. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 2, Pg. 60-64

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: In the past 20 years, construction labor productivity has declined while private business productivity has risen. And construction's percent of U.S. GNP has dropped nearly 50%. Recommendations to increase productivity include: (1) Eliminate paper in design (store on magnetic media): (2) improve construction quality control/quality assurance (reduce mistakes); (3) pay more attention to facility maintenance (example: building wall and roof maintenance); and (4) cut permitting delays by such tactics as pre-permit consultation and one-stop permitting. A new Construction Industry Institute, born January 1984 and headqurtered at the University of Texas-Austin is described. Present construction productivity-related activities of the American Society of Civil Engineers are assessed, and 12 ASCE actions to boost productivity are suggested.

Subject Headings: Civil engineering | Productivity | Construction industry | ASCE activities |

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