SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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Infrastructure Effectiveness – Threat or Opportunity
Koos Pauw

Date: 2016-10-28 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Last modified: 2016-10-07


Over the last forty years there has been a steady decline in productivity in the US construction industry whereas in all other non-farming industries productivity rose with over 200%.

The paper postulates a dramatic rise in effectiveness of the infrastructure engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and management industry over the next 20 years due to a change in thinking and methods as well as a fast track adoption of philosophies and methodologies from other industries and disciplines.  The findings are based on comparative and empirical observations and are augmented with practical examples from a Business Improvement team in a leading Engineering company.

The paper demonstrates the 10 to 40 years lag in the adoption of the philosophies and methodologies contributing to the dramatic rise in productivity in the manufacturing, supply chain management and IT industries.  The paper highlights the role Industrial Engineers can play to apply these philosophies in the engineering and construction industry.  In conclusion a knowledge management framework is presented to stimulate further discussions, research and knowledge sharing in the industry.


Business Improvement Strategy, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Industry, Project Management, Information Management