A phenomenon that shows up repeatedly in a variety of production operations is the learning curve. Essentially, the learning curve (also called the exp…
An ongoing goal of this newsletter is to figure out ways to make construction more productive and efficient. One strategy for this I’m currently explor…
We talk a lot around here about construction productivity, and how resistant it is to improvement. We’ve also talked about construction innovation, and…
One interesting thing about the building construction productivity puzzle is that it’s a worldwide phenomenon. Unlike with say, healthcare, or transit,…
Folks have tried over and over again to make construction more efficient by applying lessons from manufacturing. Typically this means producing buildin…
(note: this post is more economics heavy than typical. I do not have any sort of training in economics, so it’s very possible I’ve made a mistake somew…
This newsletter is, broadly, about how the construction industry fits together, and why it’s so hard to improve its efficiency. The reason for this foc…
This week marks one year since I started writing Construction Physics. In general I don’t consider myself a terribly interesting subject to write about…
Advancing technology generally leaves a reduced material footprint in its wake - as time goes on, it takes less and less physical stuff to perform some…
Brick has a long history of use as a building material - in one form or another, it’s been in use for thousands of years. And though today brick is mos…
The most common method (or at least the most central example) of construction project delivery is what’s known as “Design Bid Build”. Under this method…
It’s often hard to find valuable academic research on construction - the number of useful papers seems low, beyond just what would be implied by Sturge…