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Carlos Caldas - ENR Top 25 Newsmaker

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Dr. Caldas focuses on essential challenges related to data, information, and knowledge management in construction engineering and project management.

Associate Professor Carlos Caldas and his team of colleagues at the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Construction Productivity Research Program have been recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as one of The Top 25 Newsmakers.

The program was recognized for delivering a handbook of best practices. The handbook is intended to be used as a reference for productivity experts, as a guide to improving productivity for industry practitioners, and as a construction productivity textbook in construction and engineering university programs. Caldas is one of the PIs on this research project.

Over the course of five phases, the CII Construction Productivity Research Program investigated practices that are known to improve construction productivity, but for various reasons, are rarely integrated on individual projects. The program explored volumes of research and bodies of knowledge about the factors that influence productivity, practices used on jobsites to control it, and challenges to accurately and consistently measuring it to provide useful industry metrics.

Information about construction productivity exists in multiple technical reports, academic journals, student theses, and assorted company handbooks. Since productivity is considered a complex challenge, the group was allotted six years for its research team to study the issue.

This Construction Productivity Handbook makes a significant contribution to industry practice and the body of knowledge by synthesizing information about construction productivity into a single source.

All the winners will be honored at ENR's annual gala in New York City in April. Research team chair Dan Christian will receive the award.