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Index of U.S.
US labour productivity1
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improvement
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Non-farm business
labour productivity
CAGR +1.9%

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CAGR -0.4%
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Construction
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Figure 3. U.S. Industry Productivity and Performance, 1964-20124

commercialization. For example, the
"Breakthrough Energy Coalition"
consisting of leading investors
was recently formed to accelerate
commercialization of affordable
clean energy innovations from the
laboratory to the marketplace.5
The slow pace of innovation in
the E&C sector matters because of
its great scope and scale. Successful
adoption of modern innovative
products and processes for
improvement in productivity would
result in a major impact. The World
Economic Forum estimated that a
1 percent increase in productivity
in the sector globally could save
approximately $100 billion a year.4
The World Economic Forum4 also
suggests 30 measures, including
best practices and case studies
of innovative approaches, for
transforming the industry. These
measures can be implemented at
company- or industry-level, or
by government.
Companies themselves
should spearhead the industry
transformation. Central to the
innovation efforts on technology,
materials, and tools is digitalization.

Full-scale digitalization can
provide savings of 13-21 percent
on engineering and construction,
and 10-17 percent in the
operations phase.4 To support the
transformation, companies must
focus on attracting and retaining
talent to facilitate innovation and
replace aging workforce.
To compensate for the
fragmentation, companies need to
work together across the value chain
and jointly establish standards and
agree on common goals. They also
need to work together to improve
its image as an attractive employer,
strengthen public awareness of the
impact of best construction practices
on the environment, and interact
with the public sector. One place to
start is by adopting a sustainability
program. Companies with
sustainability programs attract more
talented employees and maintain
higher morale and employee pride.6
For the public sector and
government, they can enhance
competition and productivity
by simplifying and harmonizing
construction codes and standards
and provide appropriate support

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to academia and companies
for developing technological
innovations in construction.
Recognizing the importance
of innovative technologies on the
future, NAPA, NCAT, and federal and
state agencies are taking proactive
steps to quickly implement emerging
technologies. They are also seeking
future innovative technologies by
sponsoring more research to keep
improving the safety of traveling
public and extending the life of
asphalt pavements while making the
asphalt pavement the most recycled
product. Together, our industry
can use innovative technologies to
improve pavement performance. AP
Dr. Nam Tran, P.E., LEED GA is
an Associate Research Professor and
Lead Researcher at the National
Center for Asphalt Technology at
Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.
He specializes in advanced asphalt
material characterization, pavement
thermodynamics, interlayer bond
strength, rejuvenators, aggregate
properties, and pavement economics.

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innovation-and-commercialization2010-mckinsey-global-surveyresults. Accessed on June 12, 2016
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Does that Really Mean? http://bgr.
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