|M.Sc Student||Kamil Oren|
|Subject||Analysis of the Work of the Formen in an Electro-Mechanic|
|Department||Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Alexander Laufer (Deceased)|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
As of the time of preparing this research design, general contractors of projects of medium and large scope and complexity in Israel are not directly responsible for their projects' electromechanical works. These works fall under the responsibility of the main systems contractors?electricity, plumbing, and air conditioning. The site-related overhead of main systems contractors usually includes a project manager and a foreman, where the role of foreman parallels that of the general contractor's foreman or execution engineer. The foreman's role includes responsibility for on-site execution of works including ongoing work with sub-contractors, while the project manager's job focuses on financial operation (owner/sub-contractor invoices, contracts with sub-contractors) and management of the project framework (time schedules, etc.).
In this research I strive to gain a better understanding of the foreman's world in different contexts by observing work days, studying the project's preliminary background, familiarizing myself with the foreman and his work environment, analyzing the work day observations and drawing conclusions from those observations.
After observing the foremen's work days and drawing conclusions from those observations, I interviewed the project managers to verify my conclusions and gain a deeper understanding of the foreman and his environment.
The research will focus on a schematic mapping of factors that affect the foreman's work? His relationships with various entities (project manager, contractor, owner, supervisor, and more), the project conditions and type, foreman motivation, and additional contextual conditions.