Measurement of Construction Productivity: State of the Practice in the UK

Asitha Rathnayake, Danny Murguia, Campbell Middleton

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Productivity indicates how efficiently resources are utilized to deliver outputs. Studies show that the UK's construction productivity lags behind similar European countries and the USA. This paper aims to uncover the underlying reasons by examining the industry's approach to measuring productivity. Our findings stem from semi-structured interviews with 29 industry practitioners and the observations of productivity measurement technologies on three projects. Production rate (output per unit of time) emerges as the most common productivity metric in projects, assessed on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis for decision-making. We also identified several issues in this area. Firstly, the industry tends to prioritize activity outputs over their interdependencies, influenced by earned value management thinking. Secondly, labor productivity (output per worker-hour) is not measured often due to reduced incentives and contractors passing productivity risks onto subcontractors. Lastly, inconsistencies in metrics and data collection limitations hinder the development of company-wide performance measurement frameworks.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaContracting, Delivery, Scheduling, Estimating, Economics, and Organizational Management and Planning in Construction
EditoresJennifer S. Shane, Katherine M. Madson, Yunjeong Mo, Cristina Poleacovschi, Roy E. Sturgill
EditorialAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Número de páginas10
ISBN (versión digital)9780784485286
EstadoPublicada - 2024
Publicado de forma externa
EventoConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024 - Des Moines, Estados Unidos
Duración: 20 mar. 202423 mar. 2024

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NombreConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024


ConferenciaConstruction Research Congress 2024, CRC 2024
País/TerritorioEstados Unidos
CiudadDes Moines


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