Causes of delays in construction projects in Kurdistan region of Iraq

Faris, Hazhar Mohammed Ameen (2015) Causes of delays in construction projects in Kurdistan region of Iraq. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The construction industry plays a major role in the economic, social and environmental development of a nation. Construction output contributes to Gross Domestic Product, provides employment and secures basic services such as shelter, water and power for social wellbeing. Therefore a productive and efficient construction sector is fundamental to contemporary society, particularly in regions such as the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where the industry is vital in rebuilding the area. However the industry has a reputation for delivering project late and over budget, with corresponding socio-economic impacts. This research considers the types of delay in the construction industry, the causes of delay and the measures that can be taken to reduce delays. The research also seeks to improve construction project delivery in Kurdistan using the lessons learned in the construction industry in the United Kingdom (UK).
    The research is conducted using a survey research strategy and gathering primary data from a small but representative sample of professionals working in the construction industry in the UK, supported by case studies in the UK and Kurdistan construction industries. The findings highlight the complex nature of a construction project with temporary teams, appointed at different times working to time and cost constraints and the inherent uncertainties associated with the physical construction process and site conditions. There are commonalities in the causes of project delays throughout the global construction sector including the fragmented nature of project delivery, changes to the scope of works and errors during the construction stage. There are also measures which can be applied to reduce delays including risk and value management, collaborative working and effective project management. The client plays a pivotal role in project success and contractors must ensure that project schedules take account of past experience to develop, monitor and control project progress.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 14:47
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 14:47

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