Productivity Analysis

Tracking and understanding processes to enhance productivity.

Ever wondered why your site team failed to meet the targets set on the baseline programme? 

Well, numerous Contractors have asked the same question as well. And the answer to it is either through incompetence or the lack of proper productivity planning. As a project manager, you need to quickly identify problems and implement processes that can quickly correct construction-related productivity issues. And the only way you can do that is to have a working plan available that you can refer to and guide you in addressing said issues. This is what a comprehensive productivity planning system brings to the table.

What is Productivity Analysis?

Productivity analysis, also referred to as value analysis, is a process that compares the estimated value of human resources (man-hour) versus its actual expenditures to measure productivity levels. It also identifies problem areas that could delay or impede the completion of your construction project.

A couple of items are required to properly make a comparison- a proper detailed estimate and an accurate timesheet. Both data need to reflect all the indexed or coded work against the correct work order.

It is possible to do productivity spot checks, but the process can sometimes be misleading due to lacking or inaccurate data.

Determining an exact productivity figure requires the establishment of a trend. And to identify a trend, a record must be created, which shows daily work schedules versus the actual human resources used to accomplish a project.

What happens is that after a few days, a trend will start to develop. It’s essential to detect trend as early as possible to allow room for corrective measures – such as increasing schedule load, detecting and eliminating delays, increasing or reducing the workforce, etc.

Key reasons why you need Productivity Analysis

It streamlines your entire construction project.

When you measure your project’s productivity level, you assess how effective the allocation of resources as compared to its work output.  

This provides you with a much clearer picture of all the available resources, be it mechanical, human resources, and financial. You can then use this data to check how effective these resources are allocated and make the necessary changes to complete your project.

Improves time management and resource allocation

Proper allocation of labour and time management can help minimise construction risks and hasten the project’s completion. 

By having factual productivity data to analyse, you and your project managers will be able to correctly pinpoint specific sections of a project with too much or too little resources. Tweaking allocated resources help you realise project results and goals much faster.

Helps you identify and address weak areas of a project

This is one of the most significant benefits of conducting a productivity analysis.

By identifying specific problem areas within a project, you can immediately address the problem and limit its impact on your entire construction project.

Suppose all the organising, planning, and scheduling work were well laid out in advance. In that case, there will be no need to implement significant changes during the construction process to improve productivity. 

Implementing changes to improve productivity in the middle of a project without any clear understanding of the problem and its severity can cause more confusion and delays than enhance productivity.

Why is RPMS Your Best Option?

In general, productivity cannot be measured by visual observation alone, as it can sometimes be a subjective evaluation and may not reflect the actual realities on the ground. 

For example, you might see your workforce standing around the work area being idle. This instantly doesn’t mean that they are not productive, but they could just be waiting on equipment, permits, etc. 

The only real way to measure productivity is to use the actual timesheet charges against precise project estimates. This is the only method that can yield an objective basis for establishing productivity levels – the type of data that can help you make important decisions that could hasten project completion and lessen additional spending.

As a company, we at RPMS have been conducting Productivity Analysis for years and are overly proud of our work.

We have handled numerous high-profile projects within the region. We have used our productivity analysis skills to provide our clients with highly detailed risk mitigation data to improve their workforce’s productivity to hit completion targets.

Our planners have years of experience in identifying productivity red flags, allowing them to fully pinpoint various risk events that could affect your construction project at different stages.

This, in turn, can lower and even eliminate construction-related risks – allowing your construction project to run much smoother and efficiently till completion. No guesswork, just hard factual data that will ensure your project is done correctly and completed on time.

If you want to understand how productive your construction workforce is and understand what options are available to you to improve productivity, then get in touch with us and ask how you can take advantage of our Productivity Analysis service.

We are RPMS, and we are your best option.