Current and Proposed Construction Research Studies

by John D. Borcherding, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Architectural and Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas,
Brennon P. Hatley, Grad. Student; Architectural Engrg., Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 547-557

Document Type: Journal Paper


By literature review and completed questionnaires from universities, construction firms and contractor organizations, the current status of construction research is surveyed. The topics of current and proposed studies are listed with the individuals(s) and institution(s) conducting the research. The results of the study indicated that little research is conducted by individual contracting firms, and if studies are undertaken, they are usually directed toward the solution of specific and immediate problems. Universities, AGC, and a Stanford Workshop examined similar topics as contractors, but they involved long-range research studies that will benefit the entire industry. Since the construction is well below the national average for industry R & D investments, greater involvement in organized research is being advocated to solve immediate as well as long-range problems, or more government control can be expected.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Construction companies | Colleges and universities | Contractors and subcontractors | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Industries | Investments | Government

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