Productivity Improvement in the Construction Industry: A Case Study of Mechanization in Singapore

Zhiqiang, C, Balasubramaniam, G and EDIRISINGHE, K 2018, 'Productivity Improvement in the Construction Industry: A Case Study of Mechanization in Singapore', in Advances in Informatics and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering, Chicago, USA, 1-3 October 2018, pp. 497-503.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Productivity Improvement in the Construction Industry: A Case Study of Mechanization in Singapore
Author(s) Zhiqiang, C
Balasubramaniam, G
EDIRISINGHE, K
Year 2018
Conference name the 35th CIB W78 2018 Conference: IT in Design, Construction, and Management
Conference location Chicago, USA
Conference dates 1-3 October 2018
Proceedings title Advances in Informatics and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering
Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland
Place of publication 978-3-030-00219-0
Start page 497
End page 503
Total pages 7
Abstract Globally, the construction industry is a key contributor to national economies including Singapore's. However, the industry is a serial productivity underperformer. The literature argues that mechanization, automation and use of advanced technologies help improve construction productivity, but real-world case studies are limited in number. This paper presents a case study of the introduction of mechanization to improve the level of construction productivity in Singapore. The case study under investigation was the production/fabrication of steel gratings, the conventional process of which depends heavily on labor with few workers present on site. The majority of these workers are migrant workers, which contributes to a significant social concern in Singapore. The case study organization introduced a more advanced laser cutting machine to the process. The project team observed the process of using the laser cutting machine, and quantitative and qualitative data were obtained. The researchers observed the processes, both conventional and updated, and recorded the data on both methods. The quantitative data were comparatively analyzed to investigate the relative quality, efficiency and productivity of the two methods. The data revealed that the mechanization process achieved a productivity improvement (or savings) in man-days of at least 78%. Material wastage was reduced, and moreover, less reliance was placed on migrant workers, which helped to mitigate the social concerns created by the influx of foreign workers to Singapore. The findings also shed some light on the positive influence of government incentives to improve the industry's productivity.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Construction industry
Productivity
Automation
Mechanization
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-030-00220-6_59
Copyright notice © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
ISBN 9783030002190
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