Research an 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 probiems of this alternative procurement system in order to further enhance the level ofproject success. This pAPCr provides a criticai anaiysis on the problems in running design-build (D&B) projects. Itfirst reviews the trend in the use afthe design-build procurement system in different countries. It was found that some western countries like UK, US, Itaiy and Australia have adopted D&B as a major project delivery methodfor 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 successfactors for D&B projects can be identified.
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|HKIE Transactions Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
|Published - 1 Jan 2003
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