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Implementing value management as a decision-making tool in the design stages of design and build construction projects : a methodology for improved cost optimization

Mohamad, Saifulnizam & Coffey, Vaughan (2010) Implementing value management as a decision-making tool in the design stages of design and build construction projects : a methodology for improved cost optimization. In Proceedings of Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Conference 2010, Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors, Sentosa Island, Singapore.

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Abstract

Value Management (VM) has been proven to provide a structured framework, together with other supporting tools and techniques, that facilitate effective decision-making in many types of projects, thus achieving ‘best value’ for clients. One of the major success factors of VM in achieving better project objectives for clients is through the provision of beneficial input by multi-disciplinary team members being involved in critical decision-making discussions during the early stage of construction projects. This paper describes a doctoral research proposal based on the application of VM in design and build construction projects, especially focusing on the design stage. The research aims to study the effects of implementing VM in design and build construction projects, in particular how well the methodology addresses issues related to cost overruns resulting from poor coordination and overlooking of critical constructability issues amongst team members in construction projects in Malaysia. It is proposed that through contractors’ early involvement during the design stage, combined with the use of the VM methodology, particularly as a decision-making tool, better optimization of construction cost can be achieved, thus promoting more efficient and effective constructability. The main methods used in this research involve a thorough literature study, semi-structured interviews, and a survey of major stakeholders, a detailed case study and a VM workshop and focus group discussions involving construction professionals in order to explore and possibly develop a framework and a specific methodology for the facilitating successful application of VM within design and build construction projects.

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ID Code: 37701
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: value management, design and build, cost optimization, constructability
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [Please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2010 07:58
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2010 00:59

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