Forecasting labor productivity changes in construction using the PMV index

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Title Forecasting labor productivity changes in construction using the PMV index
Author Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady; Srinavin, Korb
Journal Name International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract Over the years, many attempts have been made to establish mathematical models reflecting the relationship between the thermal environment and construction labor productivity. Once established, the models were used to forecast the change in productivity due to thermal environment variations. The models, however, failed to accurately capture the complex nature of such a relationship for a number of reasons, including a consideration of the nature of the task being performed and the effect of all known variables of the thermal environment. This paper briefly describes and highlights the main shortcomings of three established thermal environment/productivity forecasting models. It introduces a fourth model, developed by the authors, where productivity can be predicted as a function of the PMV index. The paper then presents a comparative analysis between all four models with emphasis on their sensitivity to air temperature. Field data collected from different construction sites demonstrate that observed productivity data agree well with those predicted by the PMV-based model.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505654/description#description
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Elsevier : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online - use hypertext links.
Volume 35
Issue Number 4
Page from 345
Page to 351
ISSN 0169-8141
Date Accessioned 2006-02-14
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Subject Building Construction Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4274
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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