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(CDR-2211) Finding the Elusive Measured Mile: Unconventional Case Studies

Primary Author: Dr. Tong Zhao, PE PSP
Co-Author(s): Mark Dungan

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Research
Venue: 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract: The measured mile method (including the baseline method) is generally the most preferred approach to prove and quantify lost productivity in construction projects, yet applying the method can be challenging. The measured mile method uses project specific data to compare the actual productivities on identical or similar work between unimpacted or least impacted and impacted periods or segments of a project. The application of the measured mile method is often abandoned due to the lack of suitable productivity data, difficulties in proving similar work, and sometimes unclear distinction between the unimpacted or least impacted and impacted periods or segments. This paper demonstrates, through case studies, the techniques used by the authors to apply the measured mile method when it may intuitively appear inapplicable. It is hoped that practitioners will be inspired by the ideas discussed in this paper and learn innovative applications for the measured mile method.