The investigation of design-build variants in the construction market of the People’s Republic of China

Xia, Bo & Chan, Albert (2008) The investigation of design-build variants in the construction market of the People’s Republic of China. In 1st International Conference on Construction In Developing Countries (ICCIDC–I), 4-5 August 2008, Karachi, Pakistan.


Design-Build (DB) system has been widely adopted overseas but it has not received the same popularity yet in the People’s Republic of China. The selection of design-build variant is regarded as one of the critical obstacles to the application of this alternative. This paper investigates categories of design-build variants in the construction market of China. The develop-and-construction, enhanced design-build, traditional-design-build and engineering procurement-construction (EPC) are the four current designbuild variants adopted by clients. Each of them is developed to meet a varying set of circumstances and has its own advantages and disadvantages. The develop-and-construction is mostly used in large, complex projects in housing industry and it will guarantee client’s great control over the project while still leave some design room for the contractor. The traditional-design-build and enhanced-design-build systems are mostly applied in projects that are comparatively simple, small-scale, and the DB contractors will have greater control of the projects. The EPC is the extension of pure design-build method and is widely adopted in the petrochemical, metallurgical and electronic fields because of the high-technique requirements and the necessity for one entity to control the design, construction, procurement and commissioning etc. Four corresponding design-build projects are also presented in this paper in order to better illustrate the operational process and provide the insight for understanding the design-build variants in Mainland China.

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ID Code: 48636
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design-Build,, variants,, case study,, China
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2012 01:51
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 21:00

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