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Subject Area: Built Environment
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|Title:||Significance ranking of parameters impacting construction labour productivity|
|Author(s):||Osama Moselhi, (Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada), Zafar Khan, (Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada)|
|Citation:||Osama Moselhi, Zafar Khan, (2012) "Significance ranking of parameters impacting construction labour productivity", Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 12 Iss: 3, pp.272 - 296|
|Keywords:||Construction, Construction industry, Fuzzy logic, Labour productivity, Neural network, Regression, Variable selection|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14714171211244541 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – Construction labour productivity is often influenced by variations in work conditions and management effectiveness. It is substantially important to understand the nature and extent to which individual parameters affect productivity. The purpose of this paper is to focus on providing insight on parameters that affect daily job-site labour productivity by investigating their relative significance and influence on work output.
Design/methodology/approach – The methodology is based on the illustration and use of three different data analysis techniques to rank parameters that affect a certain process. These techniques include Fuzzy Subtractive Clustering, Neural Network Modelling and Stepwise Variable Selection Procedure. The first one belongs to inferential statistics, while the other two are artificial intelligence based techniques. The collection of field information, spanning over a time period of ten months, comprised of daily real time observations of job-site operations, work progress information collected from project managers and supervisors by using customized forms, and daily weather condition recorded through internet sources. Nine parameters are considered in the study presented in this paper. The data on these parameters is examined and their relative influence and contribution in productivity estimates are assessed. The approach was to consider a limited set of parameters relating to daily job-site productivity. The methodology presented in this paper provides insight on the relative impact of parameters, affecting labour productivity on short term or daily basis. The results based on each of the three methods are analyzed and transformed into a final ranking of parameters.
Findings – The three most important parameters are identified in the same order by the fuzzy logic and neural networks methods. Regression analysis, however, provided somewhat different results.
Originality/value – This research investigates the contribution of a set of parameters towards the variations in daily job-site labour productivity. For practitioners such as site engineers, this is of practical importance for making daily work plans. On the other hand, the structured approach presented to perform significance ranking of parameters relevant to an engineering process, may also be of interest to other researchers and practitioners.
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