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The Holloway Consulting Group is a construction expert witness and construction consulting firm providing a wide range of services to clients in both the U.S. and overseas. Assisting these clients with the resolution of the types of claims discused here is our core business.


Holloway Consulting is a construction damages expert and an expert in construction labor productivity analysis and the Measured Mile. We advise our clients and subscribers to our construction disputes newsletter that the core fundamentals of the Measured Mile Method originate from the C/SCSC first developed by various U.S. government defense agencies in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and later adapted to EPC projects by large U.S. engineering and construction contractors such as Fluor, Bechtel, etc. (The author was a construction field engineer dealing with real labor productivity issues during these renaissance days). Construction Cost Engineering and Earned Value systems rely on performance measurement concepts which share many similarities with the “Measured Mile” methodology such as the:

  1. Budgeted Cost of Work Scheduled (BCWS);
  2. Budgeted Cost of Work Performed (BCWP); and,
  3. Actual Cost of Work Performed (ACWP).


As is the case in field construction cost accounting and cost engineering, the goal in the Measured Mile Method is, or at least should be, to measure, analyze and manage direct labor performance at the lowest level possible (cost account or sub-account). The reason for this is obvious: the lowest levels of data reporting should produce the highest levels of clarity. For example, high level reporting of total steel erection manhours/ton erected might be appropriate for executive management, but, if possible, project managers will endeavor to measure labor productivity performance at the steel sub-accounts; unload, erect, bolt-up, weld, decking, stairs, handrails, etc.

A common challenge in field labor productivity performance measurement arises when the contractor has failed to prepare daily timesheets that accurately record the activities of each craftsman. Two situations most often arise:

  1. The contractor did not prepare any type of worker daily timesheet, or,
  2. The contractor prepared timesheets but failed to specify the type of work performed, or,
  3. The contractor prepared timesheets but failed to specify the nature of the events affecting the work performed.

A predictable course of action in Situation #1 is to forego use of the Measured Mile in favor of some other construction claims technique. Courses of action used in Situation #2 in past cases were to:

  1. Move forward with an analysis of total manhours incurred at the account level, i.e., steel, piping, etc., with the hope that the other side will see the merits of your argument in settlement or,
  2. Forego use of the Measured Mile in favor of some other technique.


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