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Analysis of design engineering functions has suggested the practicality of determining the normal degree of their occurrence by means of supervisor samplings of the elements of work being done during representative work periods. Such sampling data can be analyzed to determine 1) the intrinsic time-out or job fatigue trends; 2) elemental work profiles for each representative work category; 3) productivity indices for each organization or any appropriate section thereof. The sampling data may also be correlated with time charges to projects and subdivisions thereof to determine time standards. Thus analysis of the sampling data and correlative statistics may provide bases for improved control of project costs, personnel characteristics, and productivity. Data derived from an experimental application of these concepts to a sizable civil engineering organization are presented.