ACTIVITY SAMPLING ON BUILDING SITES.
BUILDING RESEARCH STATION WATFORD (ENGLAND)
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The Building Research Station has been using sampling techniques to obtain detailed information on the labour expended on site allocated to various categories of work. This involves up to 1000 recordings being made daily with each recording containing several pieces of information. To speed up the work of the analysis the Station has been developing the use of special recording forms which can be read directly into an optical reader. The reader transcribes the handmarked forms into punched paper tape suitable for direct presentation to a digital computer. The Station has been using these forms for about two years. After dealing briefly with the practical aspects of the sampling technique this paper concentrates on the snags that occurred when using these forms in the field and how they were overcome, and also describes the type of information obtained from the analysis and explains how this is presented by the computer. Author
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