DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES: A STUDY OF NEEDS, OBJECTIVES, RESOURCES, AND MECHANISMS FOR IMPLEMENTATION

The report describes an in-depth research study to (1) evaluate and quantify the current and projected state of productivity in the construction of transportation facilities; (2) determine areas having the highest potential economic returns and the greatest needs where research could lead to improvements in technology and management that in turn could lead to improved productivity; quantify decisionmaking criteria where possible; (3) assess the present and potential interests and capabilities of institutions - universities in particular - that would do such research in transportation construction; and (4) explore improved mechanisms for implementing transportation construction innovations. Some of the major obstacles that impact costs, slow productivity and inhibit the implementation of innovations result from (1) decisions made and policies set during the planning and design phases; and (2) the contractual and organizational structure chosen for project administration. There are also major opportunities for improvements through wider and more effective use by construction contractors of management techniques that have already proven to be successful.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-277420 in RRIS 00 175272; Bulletin 7802.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford University

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Stanford, CA  USA  94305

    Department of Transportation

    Office of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Paulson, B C
    • Fondahl, J W
    • Parker, H W
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 161 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175271
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/RSPD/DPB/50-7713Final Rpt., TR-223
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-60150
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 18 1981 12:00AM