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Benchmarking Project-Driven Production in Construction Using Productivity Function: Capacity and Cycle Time

Published on Mar 1, 2018in Journal of Construction Engineering and Management-asce2.734
· DOI :10.1061/(asce)co.1943-7862.0001438
Ricardo Antunes2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Auckland),
Vicente A. González3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Auckland)
+ 3 AuthorsIbrahim Odeh4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Columbia University)
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