Use of Alternative Construction Methods

by David Scott, Asst. Prof. of Construction Engrg. and Management; Asian Inst. of Tech., Bangkok, Thailand,
Naveed Athar Sheikh, Grad. Student; Asian Inst. of Tech., Bangkok, Thailand,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 2, Pg. 141-152

Document Type: Journal Paper


The paper describes a method of replacing machine based construction techniques with labor based methods. This is useful in areas where labor is plentiful and cheap when compared with machine running and maintenance costs. Relaxation and substitution procedures are described. Methods of comparing costs are given. A large project in Thailand is used as an example and the results are presented. Various methods of assessing results are examined, e.g., total cost, foreign spending, labor usage, employment generation. As governments and international funding agencies are giving growing emphasis to the use of local resources the technique described here is of direct relevance when assessing construction methods in developing countries and for engineers working in these countries.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Construction equipment | Labor | Developing countries | Maintenance | Relaxation (mechanics) | Local government | Financing | Thailand | Asia

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