A Hybrid Rule-Based / Multiattribute Model for the Pre-Selection of Bidders

Ng, S. Thomas & Skitmore, Martin (2000) A Hybrid Rule-Based / Multiattribute Model for the Pre-Selection of Bidders. International Journal of Computer-Integrated Design and Construction, 2(3), pp. 144-156.


In the United Kingdom (UK), most clients adopt a selective approach to tendering that involves the prequalification of bidders through an assessment of their likelihood of producing good quality work, on time and within budget. Despite its strategic significance, there is a lack of a universally agreed standard upon which prequalification should be carried out. Clients assess contractors' capabilities on a subjective and informal basis. In this paper, the processes involved in contractor prequalification and the assessment methods used at different stages of prequalification are examined through a survey of clients and consultants in the UK with a view to identifying a possible rational and practical computer-based approach. The results suggest that this may be achieved through the development of a hybrid rule-based / multiattribute model. The decision rules and structure of the multiattribute model are presented in this paper.

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ID Code: 4231
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Now called "The International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (IT-AEC)"
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Keywords: Contractor prequalification, pre, selection, rule, based approach, multiattribute model
Subjects: 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 2000 Institute of Structural Engineers
Deposited On: 19 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:32

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