Contract bidding decision support system

Skitmore, Martin, Thorpe, Tony, McCaffer, Ronald, & Couzens, Alan (1993) Contract bidding decision support system. University of Salford.


This project has investigated the nature and processes of contract bidding within construction organisations. In addition the critical success factors, critical decisions and strategic information requirements associated with bidding decisions have been modelled and represented within a prototype computer-based system which has been demonstrated to a number of contracting organisations.

Historically support for contract bidding decisions has focused on the development of complex statistical and algorithmic models. Previous work has suggested contractors do not favour the use of such models based on the analysis of historical bid data and this view was reinforced during this research. Consequently, this project focused on providing information resources to support contract bidding decisions, rather than attempting to replace, or mimic, the decisions makers own judgement and cognitive ability.

The system developed takes the form of an integrated Executive Information System (EIS) for supporting construction executives and senior managers strategic information requirements. The system facilitates the provision of internal (organisational) and external (market) information for contract bidding decisions, serving as single point of access to the diverse data sources relied upon to support strategic contract bidding decisions.

The system uses a proprietary microcomputer based EIS development environment to access 'synthetic' data structures representing the LAN architecture of a typical construction firm.

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ID Code: 9493
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Contract bidding, tender adjudication, strategic information, executive support system, information scanning
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 1993 (The authors)
Deposited On: 13 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:45

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