Construction Industries and Metrication

by A. Fattah Chalabi, (M.ASCE), George I. Alden Prof. of Engrg.; The Worcester Polytechnic Inst., Worcester, Mass.,
Frank E. Vanzler, (M.ASCE), Construction Engr.; The Turner Construction Co., Inc., Cleveland, Ohio,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 159-174

Document Type: Journal Paper


A national survey of architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers and manufacturers is conducted to determine what they feel about conversion to the SI system of measurement. The respondents perceptions of the problems in planning and implementation, their estimated costs and schedules for conversion and their comments and solutions are summarized. No strong opposition to metrication was prevalent. Apprehension about conversion is caused by fear of added cost and difficulties in training labor, increased errors and psychological factors. Many felt however that these problems are short term. The designers and design/construct sectors are the most optimistic in their expectations. Smaller companies have no present plans for conversion while some large companies have significant experience in using the SI system. The majority expect conversion by 1990.

Subject Headings: Construction industry | Metric systems | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Architects | Contractors and subcontractors | Supply chain management | Scheduling | Training

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