Project alliances in the Australian construction industry : a case study of a water treatment project

Jefferies, Marcus, Brewer, Graham, Rowlinson, Steve, Cheung, Yan Ki Fiona, & Satchell, Aaron (2006) Project alliances in the Australian construction industry : a case study of a water treatment project. In McDermott, Peter & Khalfan, Malik M.A. (Eds.) Symposium on CIB W92 : sustainability and value through construction procurement, 29 November - 2 December, Digital World Centre, Salford, UK.

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Project Alliancing is a relatively new and unproven method of procurement in the Australian Construction Industry. It has primarily developed in order to counteract the affects of globalisation and rising disputation and because of its ability to reduce risk and increase overall project success. Alliancing is a relationship-based procurement method, selecting alliance participants based on a soft dollar evaluation rather than traditional tender price evaluation. Performance is motivated by commercial incentives based on key performance indicators (KPI’s) that aim to go beyond ‘business as usual’ targets. An important element of Alliancing is the team culture that focuses on an open book and no blame relationship. This paper presents a framework of project success factors and discusses a case study of a recent Australian Project Alliance. A semi-structured interview process involving senior project participants and a review of project documentation identified a number of project specific success factors: establishing an integrated alliance office; staging of project and stretch targets; setting project specific KPI’s; facilitating ongoing workshops that include site personnel; and the use of a web-based management program.

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ID Code: 17872
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Yan Ki Fiona Cheung is the maiden name of Fiona Lamari
Keywords: Project alliance, success factors, infrastructure, Australia, case study
ISBN: 1905732112
Subjects: 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
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 22:22
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 01:43

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