WORKSHOP FOR THE FORMULATION OF SPECIFIC PROJECTS IN PRODUCTIVITY RESEARCH FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The workshop has several specific goals which included the definition of specific research topics in productivity, the consensus of eminent industrial and research leaders on recommended generic research areas, the continuation of a viable interaction between the various sectors of the industry and the recommendations for continued interaction and the development of a viable program in productivity research. Appendix C of this report contains summaries of all research proposals designated for open disclosure. The recommendations contained in the workshop panel summaries represent a consolidation of the significant generic topics from these proposals along with additional topics generated from the interaction with the industrial representatives. These are found in Chapter II of this report. There is a critical need to develop a national center which would serve as a clearinghouse for the review and the establishment of priorities for research needs in construction especially that related to productivity. It is apparent that a great deal of technology currently exists that is not sufficiently disseminated. There is an urgent needs to establish within the industry the means for the proper distribution of relevant research. Finally, the question of funding for the various types of desired research must be resolved. Many topics are not considered basic research and therefore are not eligible for support of aencies such as NSF. There is little doubt that the lack of such research is costing the industry a significant amount when considering only the productivity aspect. The United States has lost its leadership role in the international marketplace in such areas as shipbuilding, and if we are not to lose in every industry we must continue the advancement in effective utilization of resources that we have been noted for in the past. It most be recognized that finding is not solely a governmental function; indeed the governmental role may eventually represent a small portion of the total.
- Held at the National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, Maryland May 15-17, 1978.
University of California, BerkeleyDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Berkeley, CA USA 94720-1710
- Crandall, K C
- Publication Date: 1978-7
- Pagination: 112 p.
- TRT Terms: Construction industry; Financing; Information dissemination; Productivity; Technology; Workshops
- Subject Areas: Construction; Data and Information Technology; Highways; I10: Economics and Administration;
- Accession Number: 00319408
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: Tech Rept No 5 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: NSF-APR-77-19979
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM