Whole life performance bid evaluation in the Korean public sector

Kenneth Park, Hyoung-Chul Lim

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Korea has increasingly adopted design-build for public construction projects in the last few years. There is a much greater awareness of the need to change a system based on ‘Value for Money’ which is high on the government's agenda. A whole life performance bid evaluation model is proposed to aid decision makers in the selection of a design-builder. This is based on the integration of a framework using an analytic hierarchy process as the bid awarding system is being changed from one based on lowest price, to one based on best value over the life-cycle. Key criteria like whole life cost, service life planning and design quality are important through the key stages of evaluation process. The model uses a systematic and holistic approach which enables a public sector to make better decisions in design-builder selection, which will deliver whole life benefits, based on long term cost-effectiveness and whole life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-700
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Korea Institute of Building Construction
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • analytic hierarchy process
  • bid evaluation
  • design-build
  • whole life performance


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