Evaluation of Challenges to the Construction Industry's Project Efficiency Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nikhitha Adepu, Sharareh Kermanshachi, Apurva Pamidimukkala, Karthikeyan Loganathan

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The strong impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the construction industry has been studied by many researchers, but few have identified the individual factors that affected the efficiency of construction projects and analyzed them based on the size of the organization administering the project. This study aims to do just that: identify the factors that altered the efficiency of construction projects during COVID-19 and analyze how they impacted small, medium, and large construction companies. To accomplish this goal, a comprehensive literature search was performed and was followed by a questionnaire survey. Sixty-three responses to the survey were statistically analyzed to determine the critical challenges to project efficiency faced during the pandemic and revealed that the most common were shortages of materials and workers, including material transportation/delivery problems and mental stress originating from an imbalance of work and life; reduced efficiency and increased absenteeism of employees due to illness were also significant. Interestingly, it was found that an organization's size played an important role in how it was affected. The results of this study will assist researchers and professionals in understanding the difficulties that various sizes of construction companies face during a pandemic and will help them develop preventive measures for future events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Planning, Operations, and Transit
EditorsHeng Wei
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784484883
StatePublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2023Jun 17 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023: Transportation Safety and Emerging Technologies - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2023


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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