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An investigation into the productivity of block laying on building sites in Kampala

An elevated shot of the stairway, pedestrian walk and parking lot at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

On many public buildings, use is made of concrete blocks. Previous research shows that the productivity of workers is a major cause of poor performance of building projects in Uganda. As such poor productivity of block laying could result in cost overruns, delays and claims. This study therefore investigated the productivity of block layers on building sites in Kampala. Data was collected from 160 block layers from 40 building sites in Kampala.

The results show that productivity of block layers is significantly influenced by; work height, number of porters assigned to a block layer and a statistical interaction between the level of education and experience of a block layer.

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Source: School of Built Environment, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)

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