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What is the High-Level Productivity Calculator?

For decades, the construction industry has been plagued by poor project labor productivity, as well as an incapacity to reverse the trend. When compared to other industries like manufacturing, construction continues to decline while others have substantially improved. The opportunity for change has arrived. In collaboration with COAA, CII and CURT, the High-Level Productivity Calculator (HLPC) enables a project and its craft disciplines to be benchmarked against peer companies and a validated project index.

Standardized metrics enables productivity measurement

The lack of a common industry standard for measuring productivity prevents effective benchmarking and consistent improvement. Tracking and reporting helps develop standardized processes and metrics.

Robust benchmarking drives productivity improvement

Benchmarking provides the baseline to reveal key productivity challenges and the areas most urgently needing improvement. Benchmarking also sets performance expectations, monitor progress, and manage change.

Discipline to change differentiates competitors

Benchmarking provides an independent perspective about how welll your company is performing in the industry. Disciplined benchmarking enables a mindset and culture to drive change and continuous improvement.

Our common industry metric improves craft labor productivity benchmarking

The High-level Productivity Index (HLPI) is a single project score that benchmarks your project's productivity versus other projects within a specific region in North America. This index, developed by CII and COAA, and launched in collaboration with CURT and CIR, is currently available through the CLMA at no cost.

The project HLPI is based on craft labor productivity data (hours & installed quantities) for multiple disciplines. Each disciplines’ productivity is measured in hours per unit installed quantity which are then calculated and converted into a single HLPI score for the project overall as well as each discipline. The HLPI is a number between 0 and 100 where a higher indicates better productivity.

Construction Productivity in an Imbalanced Labor Market

Craft labor shortages are a serious issue with an enormous impact on project productivity. The data shows a clear correlation between the decline of productivity and the shortage of essential skilled craft labor verifying that an imbalanced labor market is a clear leading indicator of poor productivity. This white paper offers the opportunity to hear from your peers about labor risk and decreasing industrial construction productivity issues they’re facing. The document unveils the construction industry’s productivity challenges compared to other industries as well as historical perspective over the last 60 years.

Not only does this white paper examine productivity past and present, it also discusses the impact of labor risk on project outcomes; and concludes by offering owner recommendations for addressing labor risk in an imbalanced market and improving construction productivity. With such a clear correlation between productivity decline and the labor shortage, effective risk management, productivity tracking and workforce growth is vital to improving project outcomes and the construction industry overall.

Download this white paper now for an in-depth look at construction industry productivity and risk as well as recommendations to overcome these challenges. Learn how to identify problems early and plan effectively using owner-recommended tools and solutions. Industry has the capability to deliver, but it must also summon the urgency to respond quickly rather that react to crisis. This document provides guidance to industry stakeholders on this important issue.

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How does the High-Level Productivity Calculator work?

There are 5 easy steps to input your project data and generate the project productivity metrics:

Step #1: Input High-Level Project Info

  • General project information – project name, location, type, total cost and start/end dates
  • All data submitted is validated before storing in the database for future inclusion in the statistical population

Step #2: Input Project Safety & Hours

  • Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)
  • Total direct and indirect workhours
  • Select unit of measure (metric or imperial)

Step #3: Input On-Site Quantity & Hours by Discipline

  • Quantities and hours for up to 8 disciplines (at least one discipline required)
  • Quantities should reflect installed quantities (excluding rework)
  • Reported workhours should reflect actual worked hours (not planned hours), including rework hours

Step #4: Input Off-Site Quantity & Hours

  • Number of modules and pre-assembled skids
  • Project management team size

Step #5: Engineering Deliverables Survey

  • Timing and quality of engineering deliverables

After completing the steps above, the productivity report will be generated. There is no cost to use this version of the HLPC.

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