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Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme

Weather-wise: working with the weather to improve construction productivity

CIRIA Ref:

NERC Ref:

Start Date:

53

NE/R008876/1

2017-11-01

Case Study:

Call Year:

End Date:

N/A

2017

Research Institution:

University of Reading

Principle Investigator:

Stefan Smith

CO Investigator(s):

Pablo Ballesteros Perez

Industry Partners:

Costain

Hazards

Cascade events, Low temp risks, Multi-hazard combinations

The aim of this innovation project is to explore the feasibility of using long-term multi-variable historical weather data in scheduling construction programmes, both in terms of timing and, for larger schemes, location. This will reduce costs related to delays caused by extreme weather conditions or combinations of non-extreme events, which can significantly affect construction productivity.

Further Information

Web-based application for scheduling weather-aware construction projects and handle weather-related claims

Webinar containing a YouTube video demonstration of the tool

Link to open source publication related to the project

Open Access paper published on Construction Management and Economics summarising the theoretical contribution of the research project

UK weather-related productivity maps for six standard construction activities: earthworks, concrete, formworks/scaffolding, steelworks, outdoor paintings, and asphalt pavements

Grid values of the UK weather-related productivity maps for the same six standard construction activities

 

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