Construction Productivity Improvement: How to Get Started

by Gregory Howell, Pres.; Howell Associates, Mt. View, Calif.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 8, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


The greatest cost reductions and improvements in speed and efficiency on construction sites have come when management analyzes work methods, administrative and environmental constraints, and how these factors affect work in the field. Three vehicles have proven effective in achieving productivity growth: the external consultant, the quality control circle, and the staff productivity engineer. Examined are each individual vehicle and combinations thereof to determine which methods are best for particular job sites.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Productivity | Construction methods | Construction sites | Vehicles | Consulting services | Site investigation | Construction costs

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