- Construction workers need to fill out time cards so they can get paid, but collecting more than just total hours can make the cards a rich source of information for tracking cost and progress of a job.
- The technique involves reporting hours by cost code within the job – for example setting up for a concrete pour, doing it and cleaning up afterward.
- The estimator, project manager and foreman for a job work together to decide what information needs to be collected to give them the insights they need as work progresses.
Including places for equipment use along with labor hours gives foremen a place to record what was used on their jobs each week, allowing managers to allocate charges properly. With the gathered data integrated to produce weekly reports, foremen and managers can track how well they are doing against planned costs and progress.