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Skill-Driven Optimization of Construction Operations

Arizona State University

* Avi Wiezel, Principal Investigator
* Richard N. Hinrichs, Co-Principal Investigator
* Naomi Jackson, Co-Principal Investigator
* Sandra L. Weber, Co-Principal Investigator

Start: August 15, 2000
Expires: June 30, 2003


Although the construction industry has developed both product and process models, it has yet to refine its models to represent the movements of the human-activated end-tools. The objective of this research is to develop a model of the human skills required in construction operations. To accomplish this research objective, a methodology will be developed for collecting and representing construction activities. The representation will draw on movement representation schemes devised in dance, biomechanics, and ergonomics.

In addition to serving as a cornerstone for a comprehensive construction product-process model, the model of the human skills will promote:

  1. An enhanced understanding of the ergonomics of home building construction operations and injury prevention;

  2. A classification taxonomy for home building construction operations, the identification of special skills and the identification of activities that require special body dimensions and dexterity;

  3. The identification of groups of skills that will form the basis of cross training strategies among trades;

  4. The identification of activities that are best suited for automation or prefabrication, and

  5. The early identification of "locked-in" site situations where work access is hindered by other construction elements, equipment, or regulatory requirements.

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