This paper details how construction labor efficiency is affected by deviations from the normal flow of work. A methodology is presented to estimate the loss of labor efficiency, based on variations in the percentage of labor hours used each week. The procedure can be used without the need for contractor production records. The theoretical basis for the method rests on the assumption that the rate of manpower utilization is consistent with the amount of work available for the contractor to perform. Using productivity data from three electrical projects that were accelerated (a parking garage, a hospital, and power production), the labor efficiency is shown to be correlated to changes in the percentages of weekly work hours. Loss of efficiency curves are developed for various project phases. A case study is presented of an actual electrical construction project. Losses of efficiency are calculated for each phase, and it is shown that the contractor incurred an estimated loss of productivity of 25%. The analysis is validated by comparing a weekly inefficient work-hour profile to the chronology of events that occurred on the project.


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  • Accession Number: 00795790
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2000 12:00AM