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Title: SD-34 - Constructability Improvement During Field Operations
Publication Date: 5/1/1988
Product Type: Source Document
Status: Archived Reference
Pages: 33
This publication has been archived, but is available for download for informational purposes only.

O'Connor, Davis, Univ. of Texas at Austin
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Constructability issues still exist during field operations, and once in the field, constructors can still reap constructability benefits from their actions alone.

The objective of this research is to explore the ways in which construction knowledge and experience can enhance constructability during field operations. The scope of this research is strictly limited to field operations issues. While previous constructability research efforts have been primarily directed toward owners and designers, this research is primarily directed toward constructor organizations.

The employed research method was an iterative process of issue identification, literature search, site interviews, and analysis. Ultimately, a single prime concept for field operations constructability was concluded:

Constructability is enhanced when innovative construction methods are utilized.

Innovative construction methods may involve innovations related to sequencing of field tasks, temporary construction materials/systems, hand tools, construction equipment, constructor-optional preassembly, temporary facilities directly supportive of field methods, or post-bid constructor preferences.

Beyond addressing each of these in detail, in this document “innovative” construction is also analyzed in terms of related prompters or drivers. The linkage between field operations constructability and construction technology is also addressed.