Confined site construction and its impact on personnel productivity

John P. Spillane, Lukumon O. Oyedele, Ron Coates, Jason Von Meding, Ashwini Konanahalli

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Inner city, confined site construction is quickly becoming the norm within the construction sector. The aim of this paper is to identify and document the effect, if any, that a confined construction site environment has on the productivity of on-site personnel. In order to compile the relevant information and attain appropriate results on the matter in question, a qualitative analytical approach is adopted. This process incorporates multiple cases studies from Ireland, Northern Ireland and USA. From the resulting case studies, a minimum of three individual interviews and focus group seminars are conducted to aid in the collection of the data while also assisting in the confirmation of the factors identified from a critique of the relevant literature. From the resulting case studies and discussions, a list of the key issues pertaining to the on-site productivity of personnel emerged and is documented as follows; 1) Overcrowding of personnel at workstations, 2) Lack of space for the effective movement of personnel on-site, 3) Numerous trades working within the one space on-site. Through identifying the issues highlighted and proactively mitigating or eliminating the factors detailed, on-site management professionals can strive to ensure maximum productivity from the industry’s most important resource – people.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventRICS COBRA 2012 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 11 Sept 201213 Sept 2012


ConferenceRICS COBRA 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Internet address


  • city centre development
  • overcrowding
  • project management
  • site management
  • space


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