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DescriptionWEEK 2 BUSN210 DISCUSSION
PROMPT:
Instructions: Please post your response to the following questions:
Choose labor, materials or equipment and describe methods of efficiently utilizing the input in a
construction project.
RESPONSES:
W2 Inputs
Jeremy Siewerd posted Jul 12, 2023 7:27 AM
Greetings class,
I have chosen to write about methods of effectively utilizing labor in a construction project. Labor that is
managed well will produce a finished product to specification and on time. Now not all workers are the
same. Effort should be made to choose an employee wisely, ensuring that they are well trained and
qualified to accomplish the tasks needed. I have noticed a quick interview is common right when the
worker shows up looking for a job and meets the fore person or superintendent. Once an excellent
employee is found, other conditions must be in place to help them excel. At this point organization is key,
all the necessary ingredients will be noted for preparation of work to be done. Essentials like having the
proper materials and tools in place will be noted. Is there clear communication used on what needs to
be done? Are there multiple copies of the blueprints readily available? Do construction managers foster
motivation with a shared vision of safety, realistic timelines with charismatic job leads?
Management at the highest levels that trickles down through the echelons from staff to the workers will
contribute to the desired output. I appreciate the tools mentioned in the text that directly correlates to
productivity. Performance analysis factors are assessed on a three-point scale (Hendrickson, 2008). This
helps guide the construction management team to rate the performance ability of the worker. This will
enable managers to retain the best employees and put them in the right positions.
Reference
Hendrickson, C. (2008). Project Management for Construction (2nd ed., pp. 4.3FactorsAffectingJobSiteProductivity). https://www.cmu.edu/cee/projects/PMbook/index.html
w2- discussion
Tiffany John posted Jul 10, 2023 12:25 AM
Construction projects use many methods to maximize labour, materials, and equipment. Workforce
planning is vital for labour. A thorough project assessment can establish the ideal amount of people at
each stage, preventing overstaffing or understaffing. Using workers’ talents and expertise to assign jobs
maximizes efficiency (Sherafat et al., 2020). Investing in training and skill development programs
improves employee efficiency and decreases errors and rework. Communication and cooperation
between teams and workers prevent delays and tensions.
Quantity estimation is key to material efficiency. One can reduce waste and avoid over- or underordering by doing detailed quantity takeoffs and estimating materials. Implementing an organized
inventory management system improves material tracking, stock monitoring, and shortfall prevention.
Coordinating with suppliers for just-in-time delivery based on project timeframes avoids on-site storage
and material theft, damage, and deterioration. Construction site recycling and reuse reduce waste and
project expenses (Winge et al., 2019).
Planning equipment is crucial. Equipment kinds and numbers are determined by project needs.
Scheduling equipment use across project activities optimizes utilization. A proactive preventative
maintenance program reduces equipment malfunctions and maximizes uptime. Sharing equipment with
other projects or contractors reduces idle time and maximizes resource use. Comprehensive training
improves equipment operators’ efficiency and safety, increasing productivity and reducing risks.
Construction projects can boost production, cut costs, and succeed by using these methods. To achieve
optimal outcomes, these approaches must be tailored to each project’s goals and limits.
References:
Sherafat, B., Ahn, C.R., Akhavian, R., Behzadan, A.H., Golparvar-Fard, M., Kim, H., Lee, Y.C., Rashidi, A.
and Azar, E.R., 2020. Automated methods for activity recognition of construction workers and
equipment: State-of-the-art review. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(6),
p.03120002.
Winge, S., Albrechtsen, E. and Arnesen, J., 2019. A comparative analysis of safety management and
safety performance in twelve construction projects. Journal of safety research, 71, pp.139-152.

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