A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO USING RESOURCE LOADING, PRODUCTION, AND LEARNING CURVES ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The purpose of this paper is to present some broad guidelines, based on experience, for the early planning of new civil and building construction work. In such construction, resource input (men, materials, equipment, etc.) is varied according to the planned timing and availability of the work. On a well-run site, this resource loading as well as its consequent output follows a distinctive pattern within relatively narrow limits for the whole of the job. Practical considerations of why this should be so are presented. Based on experience, this paper suggests first approximation profiles for both typical resource loading and progress S-curves and shows that the difference could be due to the effects of learning. The basis for calculating the shape of the learning curve and how the application of this concept is limited on a construction site are described. The manner in which an alternative learning curve calculation can be more useful in tracking progress is demonstrated. The significance of these profiles and their relationships for improved planning and tracking of new construction work is suggested. An example of the output from a less well managed project as compared to the planned S-curve is also included. (A)

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    National Research Council of Canada

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  • Authors:
    • WIDEMAN, R M
  • Publication Date: 1994-12

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  • Accession Number: 00726382
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM