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Banik, G C (2001) Construction productivity improvement: current US perspective. Journal of Construction Procurement, 7(02), 60–71.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: construction; estimating; perceptions; potential; productivity improvement
- ISBN/ISSN: 1358-9180
Productivity is central to the value of money obtained by construction clients and to the competitiveness of the US construction industry. The construction industry as a whole can start up a chain reaction of growth, opportunities, development and more growth. Unfortunately, construction productivity in the United States did not increase as expected. The results are presented on a survey of ENR listed top 100 contractors to obtain their views on where productivity improvement would most help and to compare trends with a similar type of survey which was carried out nationwide in 1983. Data were collected on the general characteristics of the respondents and on the contractors' opinions on potential areas for productivity improvement. The study shows that contractors should concentrate immediately on planning, estimating, scheduling, site supervision, labor turnout, engineering design, standardization and prefabrication. The survey found that marketing, communication, risk management, IT, and value engineering are the areas, where more efforts are needed to improve construction productivity. Another finding is that the construction industry, as a whole doesn't want to spend resources for research and development to improve construction productivity.