Improving productivity, workflow management, and resource utilization in precast construction

Mehrdad Arashpour, Eric Too, Tiendung Le

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Construction industry has long dealt with problems such as low productivity, unstable workflow in projects and low utilization rate of resources. Off-site construction, which is a hybrid of mass manufacturing and construction, has significant potential to address aforementioned problems. In order to realize this potential, off-site construction needs to avoid replicating the traditional subcontracting approach and therefore fragmented practice in the construction industry. The current research focuses on restructuring the interaction of resources by using cross-Training. Findings show that cross-Training resources results in transferring excess capacity from underutilized to over utilized resources in direct or indirect pathways. Such initiatives can significantly improve productivity, workflow management and resource utilization in precast construction that highly specialized resources are not required. The study contributes to the construction management literature by providing insight into dynamics of using multi-skilled resources in off-site construction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
EditorsEugenio Pellicer, José M. Adam, Victor Yepes, Amarjit Singh, Siamak Yazdani
Place of PublicationFargo ND USA
PublisherISEC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780996043748
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2017: Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 24 Jul 201729 Jul 2017
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleISEC 2017


  • Agile workforce
  • Bottleneck optimization
  • Cross-Training
  • Fuzzy-TOPSIS theory
  • Lean production
  • Off-site manufacturing
  • Planning and control
  • Prefabrication
  • Process optimization
  • Project management
  • Resource leveling

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