Cost and time control of construction projects: a survey of contractors and consultants in the UK

Yakubu A. Olawale, Sun Ming

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Abstract

Numerous techniques have been developed to control cost and time of construction projects. However, there is limited research on issues surrounding the practical usage of these techniques. To address this, a survey was conducted on the top 150 construction companies and 100 construction consultancies in the UK aimed at identifying common project control practices and factors inhibiting effective project control in practice. It found that despite the vast application of control techniques a high proportion of respondents still experienced cost and time overruns on a significant proportion of their projects. Analysis of the survey results concluded that more effort should be geared at the management of the identified top project control inhibiting factors. This paper has outlined some measures for mitigating these inhibiting factors so that the outcome of project time and cost control can be improved in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalConstruction Research and Innovation
Volume11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Construction project control
  • cost control
  • time control
  • project overrun
  • project management

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