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Framework for Quality Improvement of Infrastructure Projects
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1729-3933
2013 (English)In: Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, ISSN 1934-7359, Vol. 7, no 12, 1529-1539 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to achieve high quality that not only gives acceptable return value to society but also satisfies the needs of all the stakeholders of infrastructure projects, comprehensive understanding of issues pertaining to the quality of the project is needed. The aim of this study is to provide an overview the most common procurement methods used in constructing infrastructure transport projects and analyze how these methods contribute to the desired quality of the final product in relation to client competence. An on-line survey of construction actors was carried out to ascertain quality level of Swedish infrastructure transport projects and determinant factors of quality problems. An equal number of respondents indicated that the quality of infrastructure projects has either increased or remained same level over the past twenty years. Respondents also pointed out lack of client competence that is vital in realizing the desired quality level through proper procurement, monitoring and evaluation procedures. Public clients heavily rely on traditional design-build procurement that requires considerable client involvement of a project. Thus, the association of quality problems and lack of client competence may not be a mere coincidence but an overlooked outcome of current situation.

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David Publishing , 2013. Vol. 7, no 12, 1529-1539 p.
Keyword [en]
Competence, infrastructure transport, procurement, quality, warranties
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
SRA - Transport
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-138341OAI: diva2:680934

QC 20140219

Available from: 2013-12-19 Created: 2013-12-19 Last updated: 2014-02-19Bibliographically approved

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