Study co-author Jochen Teizer concludes, “Small improvements can have a big impact.”
- Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have put a price tag on how much the construction industry’s lack of productivity is costing U.S. and Canadian contractors — about $5.4 billion annually according to a study published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
- By increasing direct-work time – craftsman efficiency – by just 36 seconds per hour, the sector could gain billions of dollars.
- The results, researchers said, provide a rationale for investment in methods that can increase efficiency and effectiveness like lean construction’s Last Planner system, location-based scheduling and integrated project delivery.
Teizer writes, “lean is a theory that has yet to be implemented with the right tools [such as] building information modeling (BIM); information technology, including sensing and data mining; and, eventually, automation and robotics.
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