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Effective Production Rate Estimation and Activity Sequencing Logics Using Daily Work Report Data


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Project status

In progress

Start date: 01/09/17
End date: 12/31/18


Sponsor(s): Montana Department of Transportation

About the research


The overall goal of this project is to enhance the Montana Department of Transportation’s (MDT’s) current contract time determination procedures by developing a historical data-driven production rate estimation system and construction activity sequence logic using data available in daily work reports.

The study is expected to significantly improve the MDT’s current contract time determination procedures and the progress monitoring of major construction activities during construction. Two major research products from this project are a Microsoft Excel-based production rate estimation tool for major construction work activities and construction activity sequence logics for different types of highway projects.

These products will 1) provide a basis for better planning of resources for highway projects, 2) provide data-driven and verifiable documentation for a stronger defense in contract time disputes, and 3) allow less experienced personnel to gain confidence as they learn how to consistently estimate reasonable production rates and determine contract times.

Successful implementation of the project outcomes will allow MDT to avoid unnecessarily lengthy duration of highway projects. So, it would minimize the construction crew’s exposure to traffic and reduce the inconvenience to the public (unnecessary increase of road user costs). The research products will also allow MDT to avoid unreasonably short durations for highway projects, which typically result in increased exposure of construction crews to safety hazards and substandard performance.