INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY IN ENGINEERING

IN PLANNING FOR A FURTHER ACCELERATION IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION IT IS EVIDENT THAT IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE THE ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING CAPACITY REQUIRED SIMPLY BY EMPLOYING MORE ENGINEERS. EVEN WITH MORE INTENSIVE RECRUITMENT, IT APPEARS UNLIKELY THAT ADDITIONAL ENGINEERS CAN BE BROUGHT INTO THE HIGHWAY FIELD FROM THE COLLEGES AND FROM OTHER SEGMENTS OF CIVIL ENGINEERING IN NUMBERS MUCH LARGER THAN THOSE REQUIRED TO OFFSET LOSSES. CONSEQUENTLY, THE LARGER CAPACITY NEEDED WILL HAVE TO BE PROVIDED BY INCREASING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF THE ENGINEERING FORCE AVAILABLE, BOTH ENGINEERS AND SUPPORTING PERSONNEL, TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO BRING PRODUCTION INTO BALANCE WITH PROGRAM NEEDS. FURTHERMORE, THIS WILL HAVE TO BE DONE WITHOUT ANY SIGNIFICANT IMPAIRMENT OF THE QUALITY OF ENGINEERING PERFORMANCE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS IN WHICH ENGINEERING PRODUCTIVITY MIGHT BE INCREASED, ALL OF WHICH APPEAR TO OFFER PROMISE. HOWEVER, THE DISCUSSION IN THIS PAPER IS LIMITED SPECIFICALLY TO WAYS AND MEANS OF INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH IMPROVED ENGINEERING OPERATIONS, PARTICULARLY IN LOCATION, ROAD DESIGN, BRIDGE DESIGN, AND THE PREPARATION OF PLANS AND ESTIMATES. IT IS THIS SERIES OF PROCESSES WHICH FREQUENTLY CONTROLS THE SPEED WITH WHICH PROGRAMMED PROJECTS CAN BE PLACED UNDER CONTRACT. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00200299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 10 1994 12:00AM