Construction holds the dubious honor of having the lowest productivity gains of any industry, and in America, it has plunged by 1/2 since the late 1960s (Economist, 2017).

Budget Oversight & Schedule Enforcement

  • 98% of megaprojects become delayed or over budget (McKinsey, 2016).
  • 90% of the world’s infrastructure projects are either late or over budget (Economist, 2017).
  • 66% of general contractors are carrying added costs from overtime/second shifts on at least 3 quarters of their projects due to schedule slippage, with 50% of them needing to extend the project end date (Autodesk, 2019).
  • Only 31% and 25% of all projects came within 10% of the budget or original deadline, respectively in the past 3 years (KPMG, 2015).
  • Large projects typically take 20% longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80% over budget (McKinsey, 2016).
  • Over the past 70 years, 85% of projects globally experienced cost overrun, with an overall average overrun of 28% (Propeller Aero, 2020) (Primary Source: A. Aljohani, D. Ahiaga-Dagbui, and D. Moore, 2017).
  • 75% of projects were over planned budgets, and 77% were late. On average, projects were 70 days late compared to their original estimates (BusinessWire, 2021).
  • Owners experienced an average of 6 changes to the budget and 5 changes to the schedule, with a 15% average increase in project costs as a result of these changes (BusinessWire, 2021).


  • 60% of general contractors see problems with coordination and communication between project team members and issues with the quality of contract documents as the key contributors to decreased labor productivity (Autodesk, 2019).
  • Poor communication is the root cause of project failure 1/3 of the time (Primary source: PMI) (Secondary Source: Brightwork, 2017).

Vendor Management & Contract Compliance

  • 69% of owners say poor contractor performance is the single biggest reason for project underperformance (KPMG, 2015).
  • 45% of construction professionals report spending more time than expected on non-optimal activities (Primary Source: PlanGrid, 2018)
  • $1.63 trillion could be saved annually from infrastructure productivity changes (McKinsey, 2013).
  • 68% of trades point to poor schedule management as the key contributor to decreased labor productivity (Autodesk, 2019).
  • 59% of contractors are still using manual processes to collect and track safety data (Viewpoint, 2019).
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