College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Paul Redden, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Project production management provides continuity, predictability, and optimization of a process in comparison to the traditional approach of project management. Prefabrication is an example of project production management in which there is continuity of the product, reduced variability, and where the assembly process can be altered for best results. This paper will examine the benefits of project production management and compare two methods of steel erection in which one method performs an onsite prefabrication process while the other method employs the traditional stick-built process. The two methods will be modeled by a tool that replicates a repetitive process similar to a production system through the use of symbols. This tool also enables data like the duration of tasks, the required demand of the system or assembly, the amount of inventory available to be inputted, and can also calculate the capacity utilization of machinery or crews working. The two different methods will be analyzed through the scope of project production management using a tool called a Process Mapper. The resulting conclusion will be that the onsite prefabrication method will be shown to better utilize labor resources and be a safer approach in comparison to the traditional method.