A computer-aided decision support system for assessing a contractor's competitiveness

Liyin Y. Shen, Weisheng Lu, Qiping Shen, Heng Li

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This paper presents a computer-aided decision support system for assessing a contractor's competitiveness. Measures of competitiveness are employed to describe a contractor's strengths and weaknesses, thus to assist project clients in identifying proper contractors at the pre-qualification stage. The identification of a contractor's weakness can also help the contractor adopt proper measures to improve its competitiveness. Based on a competitiveness scoring model, a Windows-standard Decision Support System Contractor's Competitiveness Assessment Scoring System (C-CASS) was developed in this study. Case studies in a simulated environment are used to demonstrate the application of this system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-587
Number of pages11
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number5 SPEC.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003


  • C-CASS
  • Construction
  • Contractor competitiveness
  • Decision support system
  • Pre-qualification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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