Identification of selection criteria for operational variations of the design-build system: A Delphi study in China

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The design-build (DB) system has been demonstrated as an effective delivery method and has gained popularity worldwide. However it is observed that a number of operational variations of DB system have emerged since the last decade to cater for different client's requirements. After the client decides to procure his project through the DB system, he still has to choose an appropriate configuration to deliver their projects optimally. However, there is little research on the selection of DB operational variations. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of evaluation criteria for determining the appropriateness of each operational variation. To obtain such criteria, a three-round Delphi survey has been conducted with 20 construction experts in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Seven top selection criteria were identified. These are: (1) availability of competent design-builders; (2) client's capabilities; (3) project complexity; (4) client's control of project; (5) early commencement & short duration; (6) reduced responsibility or involvement; and (7) clearly defined end user's requirements. These selection criteria were found to have a statistically significant agreement. These findings may furnish various stakeholders, DB clients in particular, with better insight to understand and compare the different operational variations of the DB system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Civil Engineering and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2012


  • China
  • Delphi method
  • Design-build
  • Operational variations
  • Selection criteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Strategy and Management


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