Improving Productivity In Construction Workers
Submitted by: Matt Carpenter
Advisor: Dr. Tulio Sulbaran — Tulio.Sulbaran@usm.edu — (601) 266 6419
2. Project Objective
The objective of this project is
to implement a set of procedures derived from research of total quality
management programs, kaizen, ISO 9000 techniques and similar ideas and apply
them to a the concrete division of Yates Construction. The same practices that have been found to
improve productivity in other industries will be fine-tuned to meet the needs
of the construction industry.
Implementing total quality management programs and similar ideas are not
new concepts, as these methods have been around since Deming first introduced them
in the 1950s in
Research of these different topics will be conducted and ideas from them will be integrated to form a set of procedures. One area that will be further researched is teamwork, which is the basis of the Japanese method of quality management called kaizen, and has “resulted in dramatic gains in productivity (Cheser1998).” Another area to be investigated for future procedures in construction will be ISO 9000 techniques. In construction companies from other countries that have implemented a form of ISO reported improvements in productivity (Dissanayaka & Kumaraswamy 2000). These are two examples of how total quality management techniques have proven to improve productivity, once these techniques are tailored to the construction industry, they will be implemented in a real construction setting.