Construction Productivity — How to Improve It

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 10, Pg. 57-59

Document Type: Feature article


Construction productivity—in the design office, in the field, in public relations, in government regulations—was the subject of an ASCE Conference in suburban Chicago in August 1976. Some highlights: (1)In designer-contractor relations, designers should consider designing particularly difficult parts of such temporary construction as underpinning, falsework, and temporary tunnel lining. Geotechnical consultants should tell bidders all they know about surface conditions on the job. Designers should ask contractors to critique their designs for constructability. (2)To boost designer productivity: Designers of complex projects should try to get the owner to agree to a deadline for construction changes. Consider standardized designs for repetitive projects. Set design-office engineer productivity goals. Consider prefabrication. Consider establishing a joint management-employee committee to critique operations, seek mutually agreeable ways to boost productivity and morale. (3)In the engineering school: Professors, do research the industry wants.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Productivity | Public opinions | Government | Professional societies | Suburbs | Underpinning | Temporary structures

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