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id ascaad2010_203
authors Sidawi, Bhzad
year 2010
title The Sustainable Management of Remote Construction Projects
source CAAD - Cities - Sustainability [5th International Conference Proceedings of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2010 / ISBN 978-1-907349-02-7], Fez (Morocco), 19-21 October 2010, pp. 203-212
summary This paper discusses investigates the use of present project management practices and systems by the construction department of the Saudi Electric Company (SEC), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). It highlights shortages of the current management practices and systems and how it affects badly the sustainability dimensions of projects such as quality, scope, time and cost. The literature review suggests that Advanced Electronic Management and Communications systems (AEMCS) may help companies in managing remote projects efficiently thus minimizing the travel time, reducing unnecessary project costs and raising the quality of projects. Little research though was done regarding this issue and it found few unique management problems. A field survey was conducted on contractors and SEC’s supervision teams. It revealed that some of the remote project’s management problems however were caused by unprofessional and non standard project management conduct. It also found that traditional systems are very popular whereas advanced electronic systems are of little use. Participants expressed their concerns about the SEC’s present project management practices and their views regarding the implementation of advanced electronic project management systems and its possible impact on projects’ performance and process. The survey’s outcomes indicated that advanced electronic management systems should be tailored to SEC’s present and prospected needs, meanwhile SEC’s present project management methodologies should be adjusted into sustainable management practices. This would guarantee that project management practices will be substantially improved and sustainable objectives of projects are met. The study should motivate the SEC and other companies in KSA to review their present project management practices and systems, investigate the potentiality of advanced electronic systems use in managing remote projects and explore how to embrace sustainability’s dimensions in project management practices.
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