The Average Field Day in Detail

Everything we do every day in the course of building a construction project has a cost.

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Field Productivity: The Average Field Day in Detail. Craft Labor and Foreman.

Some of those things directly add value to the customer who is the end-user of the project.  Improving productivity comes down to three major levers:

  1. Improving the speed at which the crafts people actually do the work - how fast the wrenches are turned.  
  2. Lowering the average cost per hour while maintaining productivity.  
  3. Improving the ratio of time spent per day on installation versus non-installation activities.  

When you analyze your A-Players you will see that they primarily attack 1 & 3 by studying every detail and improving with each cycle.  

In the lean body of knowledge they describe the “Value Stream” as:

  • Every step required to take raw materials and deliver them into the waiting arms of the customer. 

Steps include those that are directly value-add (VA) which is primarily the actual installation work done by crafts people in the field and non value-add (NVA). 

NVA can be broken down into both necessary (inspections, submittals, etc.) and waste (additional handling).  The heart of lean is identifying and then eliminating waste. 


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