Bob Segner

Supervision Columnist

Bob Segner is a professor of construction science at Texas A&M University. Contact him at

Articles by Bob Segner

November 2008
A project delivery system (PDS) defines how a project is organized, managed and executed, and those systems used for construction have evolved since their conception. Construction originally was carried out under the leadership of a master builder who took responsibility for the entire project from concept to completion. READ MORE
October 2008
The industry is changing, which means changes for supervisors. More specifically, the labor resource for the electrical industry is undergoing significant change. Shortages in labor have been persistent for many years, but the shortage is now becoming acute, especially in some areas. The work force is aging and is becoming more diverse, though not rapidly. The work ethic also is changing. READ MORE
September 2008
In our April column, we discussed the cost of accidents. We demonstrated the amount of work the electrical contractor must perform in order to recover the cost of an accident. Therefore, safety becomes an economic, legal, contractual and business issue. To summarize our April column, every accident has a direct cost and an indirect cost associated with its occurrence. READ MORE
August 2008
In previous columns, we have emphasized the importance of the planning function for the electrical construction supervisor. In like fashion, we recently underscored various important aspects of the supervisor’s role in safety. Planning for safety, then, is an action to which supervisors should become accustomed. READ MORE
July 2008
Last month, we considered identification, analysis and elimination or mitigation of unsafe job site conditions. However, safety for any construction worker should become a habit. It should be ingrained within their behavior, not something that is practiced only when it’s convenient, when the thought occurs or when someone is looking. READ MORE
June 2008
Eliminating unsafe conditions and behaviors will go a long way toward eliminating incidents and accidents on the job site. The construction site is a dangerous place. Much has been accomplished in recent decades to make it a much safer environment, but due to the work’s nature, construction always will be dangerous. READ MORE
May 2008
Last month, we discussed safety and recognized that it is of fundamental importance to the electrical supervisor. The supervisor is at the heart of any job safety program. The electrical supervisor’s fundamental role in regard to safety is to ensure a safe work environment and to ensure everyone within that environment works and acts safely. READ MORE
April 2008
Safety is fundamentally important to all involved in a construction project, and the supervisor is at the heart of any job-safety program. Each job for which the electrical supervisor is responsible must have a specific, well-designed safety program. The supervisor’s role is to craft such a program for his or her workers. READ MORE
March 2008
This is the third of three articles discussing cash flow—the flow of money into and out of a project. In the first article, we concluded that a positive project cash flow is critical to the success and survival of a company. On the other hand, a negative cash flow at the project level is costly and could eventually lead to financial failure of a company. READ MORE