Weather Effect on Workflow, and Labor Productivity of Construction Plant

Hatim A. Rashid


This study discusses a novel study and develop the important climatic data in Iraq and UAE for changes in construction materials plant  design. It is difficult to identified reliable and microclimate data and related information.  There are many types of construction changes and each type can have an effect on labor and machinery productivity. But what is the  effect of extreme heat and dust storm on construction industry can occurs either indoor or outdoor work. Construction materials production data from United Arab Emirates  region over 2100 productive days period were collected. This study found that the adverse sever summer climate of heat and dust storms lead to a significant reduction in production. An average of week with six  days during summers of heat exceeding 46C with high humidity reduces production in the week by 10% on average. A cross the regional companies, severe weather reduce production on average by 7% and delay the deliveries date. While it is possible that companies are able to recover these losses at some later date of summers. Further, even if recovery does occur at some point at very least these shocks are costly as they increase the volatility of production.  Also this study concludes useful results for assessing the potential productivity shock associate with inclement weather as well as guiding managers on where to locate a new production facility.  We recommend developing of empirical model for Heat Prediction in the region to expect to become more relevant as climate severity and frequent of severe weather.The results of our study also suggest raising the temperature to a more uncomfortable thermal zone lose employers about $2 per worker, per hour,”

Keywords: Heat, Dust storm, Productivity, Construction materials

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