What is the U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) baseline when estimating site productivity?

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Submitted By: bruce
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For over 100 years, direct craft labor work hours on industrial projects in the 48 contiguous United States have loosely been associated with one another. A single common denominator mysteriously referred to as the “U. S. Gulf Coast (USGC) manhour norms” has continued to be an agreed upon reference point. It seems to be ill-defined yet it appears to be taken for granted among all construction-related contracting companies. When estimating a new project, contracting companies typically attempt to determine what site productivity to apply to these USGC work hours. The danger is believing the starting point is identical among all contractor organizations, thus creating a potential disconnect when working simultaneously for a single owner company

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