Measuring Infrastructure Skills Productivity: Management of Critical Infrastructure

Rex Asibuodu Ugulu, Stephen Allen , Andrew Arewa

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This chapter presents the concept and meaning of construction productivity and the techniques used in measuring workforce skills productivity in the construction industry. There are three major methods highlighted for monitoring and measuring
productivity in the construction industry. The first relates to visual recording that requires taught watchers to be available on location to monitor and record work by specialists. The second is the physical recording technique which involves a direct
surveillance technique that includes a qualified observer observing the site for the full duration of the working day operation using the work study method or work
measurement. This method was typically illustrated with the application of regression model and learning curve theory to improve labour productivity. The third measuring technique discussed is the use of questionnaires and interview survey
which involves information gathering through an interview with supervisors and workers working in the construction industry. Finally, the chapter discussed how infrastructure productivity can be improved through effective supervision, material management and supply chain management, project front-end planning (loading) and work face planning, training and certification of workforce and labour management and relations.
Keywords: construction, measurement, productivity, method study, skills,
work measurement, work study
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement of Critical Infrastructure
Subtitle of host publicationMeasuring Infrastructure Skills Productivity
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherIntechOpen Limited
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2019

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Rex Asibuodu Ugulu, Stephen Allen and Andrew Arewa (July 17th 2019). Measuring Infrastructure Skills Productivity [Online First], IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.85953. Available from:


  • construction
  • measurement
  • productivity
  • method study
  • skills
  • work measurement
  • work study


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