The paper is concerned with the efficient use of more labour-intensive methods in the construction of roads in developing countries. It discusses the basic resource constraints of developing countries which have led to the search for more appropriate technological methods. The various studies undertaken by the ILO and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IRRD) on this subject are summarised and the main conclusions discussed. The suggestion is made that labour-intensive methods are often considered in a framework of design and administration that is orientated towards the use of equipment thus providing an inequitable comparison. Much of the so-called deficiency of labour-intensive methods could be eradicated if these methods were considered at the design stage. The need for more data is also discussed and reference is made to the data collection methodology now being utilised by the ilo. The paper concludes by suggesting that the use of labour-intensive methods can be a viable alternative to the use of equipment on lower standard roads. However, there must be a more enlightened attitude by engineers and planners if these methods are to be given the chance of proving their potential. The views expressed in this paper are the author's own and not those of his employer. (A) /TRRL/

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    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Edmonds, G A
  • Publication Date: 1975-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 25-27
  • Serial:
    • Highway Engineer
    • Volume: 22
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Whitehall Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0306-6452

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM