Knowledge-based Material Cost Control for Building Construction Project using Expert System Approach

Latif, Yusuf, Abidin, Ismeth, & Trigunarsyah, Bambang (2008) Knowledge-based Material Cost Control for Building Construction Project using Expert System Approach. In Haigh, Richard & Amaratunga, Dilanthi (Eds.) CIB International Conference on Building Education and Research 2008, 11th – 15th February 2008, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka.


Poor project monitoring and control process has been identified as one of the main reasons for construction projects not achieving project cost objectives. Other factors contribute to this condition include: lack of documentation on project lessons learned, not optimum in adopting information technology, and a long process in making decisions. Documentation of lessons learned corrective actions can help project team in identifying various project risks. It is an important feedback in the effort to achieve better project performances, to prevent occurrences of specific risks or to prepare responses to such risks. This paper discusses the development of knowledge-based corrective actions related to controlling project material cost, which includes identifying the impacts, the causes and corrective actions. A survey on various high rise building projects was selected as the research method, and structured interviews with experts on such projects was used as data collecting method. Probability matrix, statistic and simulation were used to analyse the data, and expert system was used to develop decision support system based on cost control theory and practices. The results of the research show that there are four cost performance indicators, fifty eight impacts with fifty seven causes of risks for developing knowledge based lessons learned corrective action which provides about one hundred and fourteen corrective actions

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ID Code: 13040
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Knowledge base, cost control, lessons learned
ISBN: 9781905732364
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Construction Engineering (090502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:41

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