The Impact of Contractor Capabilities on Lessons Learned in the Standard Design Models in Saudi Construction

By Shabbab Alhammadi.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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In the age of globalisation, the construction industry worldwide is witnessing a move towards innovation in order to effectively improve quality and client satisfaction, and reduce costs. At this time, lessons learned emerged as one of the best tool for achieving continuous improvement in construction project performance. It has been argued that design standardisation can potentially play an important role in improving construction performance through learning and feedback. As such, the Saudi construction has recently adopted the use of Standard Design Models (SDMs) in their repetitive construction projects. Adopting this approach has provided the sectors in their ongoing extensive construction programme with an opportunity to strive towards a continuous project performance improvement through lessons learned. The aim of this paper is to explore the contractor capabilities that influence quality of lessons learned in the SDM projects. Semi-structured interviews with project manager of client, consultant and contractor were used to collect data on SDMs impact on quality of lessons learned. Twelve key project stakeholders were selected from four repetitive project types: two completed projects and two currently being executed. The findings revealed that there are four major issues related to contractor capabilities which influence quality of lessons learned, which include: technical requirements, financial aspects, relevant experience and communication and cooperation with all parties inside the project as well as other typical projects.

Keywords: Standard Design Models, Construction Industry, Lessons Learned

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 9, Issue 1, March, 2015, pp.10-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 235.651KB).

Dr. Shabbab Alhammadi

Senior Lecturer, Civil and Building Engineer, Shaqra University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia