Construction Productivity

Retail Price: $59.95

Direct Price: $49.95

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

ISBN: 978-1-60427-000-6 Categories: , ,


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 author(s)

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: The Quest for Productivity
Chapter 2: It’s the Process!
Chapter 3: The Voice of the Customer
Chapter 4: Analyzing Performance Variation
Chapter 5: The Basic Six Sigma Tool Kit
Chapter 6: Performance Metrics and Dashboards
Chapter 7: The Six Sigma Project Team
Chapter 8: Six Sigma Soft Skills — Working With and Through Others
Chapter 9: Management by Fact — The DMAIC Approach to Performance Improvement
Chapter 10: Deploying Your Performance Excellence System
Chapter 11: The Fundamentals of Lean Thinking for Service Excellence
Conclusion: Becoming Green Belt Certified