Minicomputers and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Productivity.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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United States Naval Mobile Construction Battalions NMCBs are units of the naval operating forces, responsible for providing responsive military construction support to naval, Marine Corps and other forces in military operations. This has generally taken the form of advance base facilities in direct support of combat personnel. In 1978-79, minicomputers were installed at each NMCB mainbody site, both deployed and homeport, based on an Automated Data System Development Plan which showed a benefit to cost ratio of twenty-three. Software packages icluded construction project management, construction equipment management, word processing, and personnel roster maintenance. This thesis examines the issue of productivity index, and examines and test a level of effort indicator for changes coincident with the introduction of the minicomputers. The productivity index shows no significant differences before and after the introduction of the minicomputers. This is judged to be inconclusive however, because of the assumptions necessary in development of the index. The level of effort indicator does show a statistically significant difference. The lack of a commonly accepted productivity index for use within the Naval Construction Force is viewed with concern recommendations are made for the development of an objective index against which performance may be measured. The question of interest in this study is whether NMCBs should maintain or expand their organic computer capability, or return to manual, construction management methods.
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