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Agile Construction Initiative
Benchmark Method
Building on CESMM
ACI/DLV/ 96/015 BENCHMARK METHOD AGILE CONSTRUCTION INITIATIVE
Benchmark method
Author
David Madigan, Agile Construction Initiative
Document control information:
Date of issue 03/31/97
Document number ACI/DLV/ 96/015
Circulation Public
Version 3.00
To obtain a copy of this document contact ACI at:
School of Management
University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 (0) 1225 826641
Fax: + 44 (0) 1225 826135
E-Mail: A.P.Graves@bath.ac.uk
Web: http://www.bath.ac.uk/Departments/Management/research/agile/home.htm
Copyright University of Bath, 1997
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in
any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior
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2 AGILE CONSTRUCTION INITIATIVE BENCHMARK METHOD
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ......................................................................................................................................3
INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................................................4
WHAT ARE ACI GOING TO BENCHMARK? .............................................................................................6
THE LOGICAL FLOW OF IDEAS AND DATA ............................................................ ...

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Agile Construction Initiative
B enchmark Method
Building on CESMM
ACI/DLV/ 96/015
BENCHMARK METHOD
Benchmark method
Author David Madigan, Agile Construction Initiative
Document control information: Date of issue 03/31/97 Document number ACI/DLV/ 96/015 Circulation Public Version 3.00
AGI A L G E I  L C E O C N O S N T S R T U R C U TI C O TI N O I N I I T N I I A T T I I A V T E IVE
To obtain a copy of this document contact ACI at: School of Management University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY United Kingdom Tel : + 44 (0) 1225 826641 Fax : + 44 (0) 1225 826135 E-Mail : A.P.Graves@bath.ac.uk Web : http://www.bath.ac.uk/Departments/Management/research/agile/home.htm
Copyright University of Bath, 1997 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the copyright holder. 2
AGILE CONSTRUCTION INITIATIVE
Table of Contents
BENCHMARK METHOD
TABLE OF CONTENTS......................................................................................................................................3 INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................................................4 WHAT ARE ACI GOING TO BENCHMARK?.............................................................................................6 T HE LOGICAL FLOW OF IDEAS AND DATA .............................................................................................................6 B ENCHMARKING ...................................................................................................................................................6 B EST PRACTICE ASSESSMENT ...............................................................................................................................6 B EST PRACTICE PILOTS ......................................................................................................................................7 S OME FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS ABOUT BENCHMARKING .....................................................................................7 W HAT DOES ACI MEAN BY A METRIC ?................................................................................................................7 W HAT DOES ACI MEAN BY A BENCHMARK ?.......................................................................................................8 W HAT DOES ACI MEAN BY BEST PRACTICE ?.......................................................................................................8 W HAT IS THE APPROPRIATE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY ? .................................................................................8 Benchmarking..................................................................................................................................................8 Best practice development...............................................................................................................................8 Best practice implementation..........................................................................................................................9 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ACI BENCHMARK METHOD ...........................................................10 T HE STANDARD CIVIL ENGINEERING PRODUCT ..................................................................................................10 T HE METRICS .......................................................................................................................................................12 A DDITIONAL METRICS FOR NON -PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES ................................................................................13 T HE MEASUREMENT OF PRODUCTION EFFORT ...................................................................................................13 Top down approach.......................................................................................................................................14 Bottom up approach......................................................................................................................................15 Modified bottom up approach.......................................................................................................................15 Discussion of the approaches to the standard product................................................................................16 A SUMMARY OF THE ACI BENCHMARK METHOD ...........................................................................17 T HE STANDARD CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT ....................................................................................................17 A typical construction project is selected......................................................................................................17 Finding the highest value activities...............................................................................................................17 Eliminate duplication.....................................................................................................................................17 The standard project......................................................................................................................................17 M EASURING PRODUCTIVITY ...............................................................................................................................17 M ATERIALS WASTAGE .........................................................................................................................................18 E NVIRONMENTAL FACTORS ................................................................................................................................18 THE AGILE CONSTRUCTION DATABASE...............................................................................................19 D EFINITION OF THE STANDARD PRODUCT ...........................................................................................................19 T HE RESULTS .......................................................................................................................................................20 CONCLUSIONS...................................................................................................................................................21
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