Relative to other sectors of the U.S. economy, construction is experiencing a higher rate of inflation, technological stagnation, and a decreasing physical share of the gross national product. This at least in part results from the lack of incentives for and activity in research and development. This paper focuses primarily upon the consequent problems faced in urban transportation construction. At this stage it appears that 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 existing methodologies and management techniques that have already proven to be successful. Changes in all of these areas are necessary if the limited amount of research now being done is to have any major impact through implementation.(a)

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  • Authors:
    • Paulson, B C
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 81-89
  • Serial:
    • Underground Space
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Pergamon Press, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0362-0565

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 1981 12:00AM