The latest survey from FMI Corp., “2006–2007 Contractor Productivity Survey,” indicated that 54% of respondents think that productivity has improved in the last few years, while only 47% saw any improvement when asked two years ago. Other key findings indicated that 85% of respondents believed they could save a minimum of 5% of their annual field labor costs through better management. Common productivity challenges included poor quality of plans and specs; poor coordination of owners, general contractors, and construction managers; unrealistic schedule demands; slow response from other team members; and lack of available and qualified craftspeople. To view the survey results, visit