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A decision support tool for the valuation of variations on civil engineering projects

Sutrisna, M, Buckley, K, Potts, K and Proverbs, D 2005, 'A decision support tool for the valuation of variations on civil engineering projects ' , RICS Research Paper Series, 5 (7) .

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    Abstract

    The valuation of variations has been recognised as a prime cause of conflict and dispute in construction management. Such disputes often concern the prices and/or rates to be applied to the varied works. Previous research has identified the subjectivity of the decision-maker in interpreting the valuation rules to be the major problem, particularly with regard to defining the work conditions and/or characteristics during a variation event. Findings of a survey, conducted to elicit the views and perceptions of experienced practitioners towards interpreting the valuation rules are presented. The development of a decision-making tool based on a robust framework for valuing variations in civil engineering projects is described. The tool was developed by analysing changes in various decision attributes. The result of the changes was then mapped to relevant sets developed using fuzzy-logic principles. Various operators were used to perform the fuzzy-aggregation operation. The modelling technique was demonstrated to be reliable in replicating the decision-making process performed by experienced practitioners. As such is considered a suitable aid for decision-making involved in valuing variations on civil engineering works. The results of the analysis reported here have suggested the fuzzy-logic as an appropriate tool to model human decision-making, particularly in valuing variations on civil engineering works. This is considered an essential progress of the current study in modelling human decision-making process, particularly since there are so many unknown aspects associated with such a process. The modelling technique successfully developed here is then used as the main algorithm for decision making in the subsequently developed Knowledge Based System (KBS) which is intended to assist practitioners minimise conflict and dispute arising from the valuation of variations. In conjunction with the Murphy Group, the author has developed a prototype version of the KBS that is described in this paper, which is available on the internet. Readers of this paper who are interested in a trial of the KBS are invited to contact the author at the email address provided below to gain access to this.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Management in Construction Research Centre (MIC)
    Journal or Publication Title: RICS Research Paper Series
    Publisher: RICS
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1464-648X
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2007 13:54
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/488

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