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Construction Productivity

Construction Productivity

A Practical Guide for Building and Electrical Contractors
Edited by Eddy M. Rojas in Co-operation with ELECTRI International
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 344 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-000-6
November 2008
A Title in J. Ross Publishing’s Strategic Issues in Construction Series

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Construction Productivity offers some of the best productivity studies commissioned by ELECTRI International: The Foundation for Electrical Construction, that were selected, coordinated, and monitored by a number of the most progressive contractors in the electrical industry and performed by outstanding scholars from top U.S. universities. Topics include measuring labor productivity, establishing a field benchmarking program, dealing with stacking of trades, understanding and managing schedule acceleration and compression, understanding the relationships between absenteeism, turnover and labor productivity, negotiating loss of labor efficiency, developing field incentive programs, diminishing job stress in construction supervisors, and recommended practices for productivity enhancement. All specialty and general contractors will find value in this practical book. The concepts presented will improve your understanding of the main issues affecting construction productivity and will provide you with tools and strategies to enhance your company's productivity and profitability.

Key Features
  • Presents construction productivity concepts in a clear and understandable manner
  • Provides practical information on measuring, benchmarking, and enhancing field productivity for construction projects
  • Offers specific examples based on real life experience in electrical construction
  • Covers major industry problems such as stacking of trades, schedule acceleration, absenteeism, turnover, and job stress
  • Presents strategies for negotiating additional compensation for productivity-related losses
  • About the Editor
    Dr. Eddy M. Rojas is Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington, where he is the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education. He is an internationally recognized scholar in construction engineering and management. Dr. Rojas has published numerous papers in professional journals and conference proceedings and is also the developer and facilitator of the Virtual Community of Construction Scholars. His research interests are modeling, simulation, and visualization of construction engineering and management processes; engineering education; and construction economics.
    Table of Contents
    Chapter 1: Measuring Labor Productivity
    Why Does Labor Productivity Matter?
    A Labor Productivity Model for Construction
    Measuring Labor Productivity at Different Levels

    Chapter 2: Benchmarking Field Operations
    Fundamental Concepts of Benchmarking
    Key Field Benchmarking Elements
    Field Benchmarking Process
    Implementing Field Benchmarking
    Field Benchmarking Procedure
    Learning through Field Benchmarking

    Chapter 3: Stacking of Trades
    Previous Studies on Overcrowding, Overmanning, and Site Density
    Understanding Stacking of Trades Issues
    Quantitative Analysis
    Model Validation
    Application of the Model

    Chapter 4: Understanding Schedule Acceleration and Compression
    The Effects of Schedule Acceleration
    Reducing the Economic Impact of Acceleration
    Calculating Inefficient Work Hours

    Chapter 5: Managing Schedule Acceleration and Compression
    Selecting the Least Disruptive Labor Option
    Negotiating with the Owner to Mitigate Constraints
    Maintaining Proper Documentation
    Strategies for Mitigating Planned Schedule Acceleration
    Strategies for Mitigating Unplanned Schedule Acceleration

    Chapter 6: Absenteeism and Turnover
    Previous Research
    Understanding Absenteeism and Turnover
    Quantitative Analysis

    Chapter 7: Negotiating Loss of Labor Efficiency
    Making the Case for Labor Inefficiencies
    Educating the Owner
    What to Document and When
    Pricing and Tracking Changes
    Owner and Designer Education
    Claim Presentation Principles
    Case Study

    Chapter 8: Field Incentive Systems
    Incentives across Industry Boundaries
    Characteristics of Change
    Designing an Incentive System
    Basics to Specifics: Designing an Incentive System for Field Labor
    Customization of the Incentive Program
    Implementing and Monitoring the Incentive Program
    Productivity and the Incentive Plan

    Chapter 9: Job Stress in Construction Supervisors
    Demographic Questionnaire
    Job Content Questionnaire
    Occupational Stress Inventory
    Life Stressors and Social Resources Inventory
    Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator
    Personal Behavior Pattern

    Chapter 10: Recommended Practices for Productivity Enhancement
    Focus Groups
    Productivity Concepts

    Appendix A: Bibliography
    Appendix B: Formulas
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