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Title: Potential problems of running design-build projects in construction
Authors: Lam, EWM
Chan, DWM 
Chan, APC 
Keywords: Construction
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Source: HKIE transactions, 2003, v. 10, no. 3, p. 8-14 How to cite?
Journal: HKIE transactions 
Abstract: Research on the design-build procurement method has attracted considerable interests of both the construction researchers and industry practitioners in recent years. With the increasing complexity of construction projects to be undertaken nowadays, it is necessary to identify the potential problems of this alternative procurement system in order to further enhance the level of project success. This paper provides a critical analysis on the problems in running design-build (D&B) projects. It first reviews the trend in the use of the design-build procurement system in different countries. It was found that some western countries like UK, US, Italy and Australia have adopted D&B as a major project delivery method for more than a decade while the use of D&B in the east side is on the rise in recent years. D&B has been employed to reduce the problems inherent in the traditional procurement system. To ensure a higher level of project success, the writers carried out a comprehensive desk study on the significant problems of running D&B projects. The problems caused and faced by the stakeholders, namely clients, contractors and consultants were identified and discussed. Potential approaches to resolve the identified problems were recommended. A research focus is hereby suggested for conducting more detailed case studies of D&B projects so that critical success factors for D&B projects can be identified.
ISSN: 1023-697X
EISSN: 2326-3733
DOI: 10.1080/1023697X.2003.10667915
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