Research into the construction processes for conventional brickwork is described. The aim was to identify the scope for process re-engineering incorporating standardised approaches to conventional brickwork site activity in order to improve efficiency and reduce construction time and cost. Typical case studies involving detailed observation of actual construction sites are described, and detailed site processes are identified. The development of a process analysis approach based on the adaptation of Microsoft Project planning software is described, and examples of its use in identifying potential process improvements are given. It is concluded that, though no one single standardised solution may be applicable to all current instances and market sectors, a range of options to improve the current process, address productivity, quality consistency and waste reduction are achievable. 9 refs.
Primary author(s): Fanning A, Hobbs B, Dawood N N
Source: 12th IB2MaC. Twelfth Int.Brick/Block Masonry Conf. Proc.
Madrid,25-28 June 2000,p.567-576