A cross-sectional snapshot of the insider view of highway infrastructure delivery in the developing world

Published on Apr 9, 2018in The international journal of construction management
· DOI :10.1080/15623599.2018.1452097
Alolote Amadi1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Salford)
ABSTRACTAn extensive range of literature reporting research into technical practices by highway agencies in the developed world abound, several of which have spotlighted shortcomings in the practices of the highway agencies. However, a discernible gap in the literature is evident in the paucity of studies which have similarly spotlighted practices in the developing world. This is despite difficulties experienced by ex-colonial countries in tropical areas, in designing roads suitable for their terrain, and setting up technical organizations to adequately manage funds allocated to highway development. This study provides a cross-case insider perspective to highway project delivery in the developing world, using a geotechnical trajectory. The results reveal a consistent lack of adherence to best practice underlain by knowledge/skill gaps within the highway agencies. These, further compounded by a political and conflict driven procurement climate account for the backward state of highway project delivery in t...
  • References (29)
  • Citations (1)
Published on Jan 1, 2015
Dominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui7
Estimated H-index: 7
(RGU: Robert Gordon University),
Simon Smith16
Estimated H-index: 16
+ 1 AuthorsFran Ackermann40
Estimated H-index: 40
(Curtin University)
Construction projects routinely overrun their cost estimates. A plethora of studies have thus been dedicated to investigating the root causes, sizes, distribution and nature of overruns. The causes range from a poor understanding of the impact of systemicity and complexity projects, unrealistic cost targets and misguided trade-offs between project scope, time and cost to suspicions of foul play and even corruption. In spite of the vast attention dedicated to the problem of cost overrun, there ha...
Published on May 1, 2014
Pw Ihuah1
Estimated H-index: 1
Am Benebo1
Estimated H-index: 1
The prevalent and incessant abandonment of development projects are alarming that it creates several negative effects to real property values, as well as, to the owners, residents, the built environment and the economy as a whole. The purpose of this paper is to investigate and determined the various causes of abandoning development projects and the effects of such causes on real properties and its values in Nigeria. This paper utilized the quantitative research approach with Likert Scale questi...
Dominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh),
Simon Smith16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Edin.: University of Edinburgh)
Purpose – Drawing on mainstream arguments in the literature, the paper presents a coherent and holistic view on the causes of cost overruns, and the dynamics between cognitive dispositions, learning and estimation. A cost prediction model has also been developed using data mining for estimating final cost of projects. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – A mixed-method approach was adopted: a qualitative exploration of the causes of cost overrun followed by an em...
Published on Jan 1, 2014in Transportation Research Record0.75
Douglas D. Gransberg18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Iowa State University),
Ghada M. Gad3
Estimated H-index: 3
(BGSU: Bowling Green State University)
Geotechnical uncertainty is always high before a comprehensive site investigation is completed. In many design-build (DB) projects, the contract is awarded with the geotechnical investigation included as part of the required design deliverables. To ensure the necessary geotechnical design and construction quality, the agency must include appropriate factors in the best-value (BV) selection process. This paper describes an investigation of specific design-builder selection decisions involved in t...
Bernadette Sunjka2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of the Witwatersrand),
Unwana Jacob1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of the Witwatersrand)
Social infrastructure and amenities are crucial to creating sustainable communities. The Niger Delta region has been severely deprived by a lack of basic social amenities. In 2009, the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan (NDRDMP) was launched to ensure well-coordinated developmental programmes. Implementation of the master plan is expected to be completed within fifteen years at a cost of over USD 36,000,000. The continuous rise in the inflation rate in Nigeria would increase the cost o...
This paper determined the causes and effects of abandonment of projects in Nigeria. Structured questionnaireswere distributed to Quantity Surveyors, Civil Engineers, Architects, Builders, and Contractors that have practiced in the South Western Nigeria (Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Oyo, and Lagos States)for at least ten years. The sixty-two well completed questionnaire formed the basis of the study and were analyzed by the Relative Importance Index (R.I.I.). The result from the study showed the caus...
Published on Aug 1, 2009
Ram Singh14
Estimated H-index: 14
(DU: University of Delhi)
Media reports abound on instances of prolonged delays and excessive cost overruns in infrastructure projects. Only a small number of projects get delivered in time and within the budget. Examples of successful project implementation, like construction of the Delhi Metro Rail, are few and appear only far in between. Indeed, the problem of time and cost overruns in India is widespread and severe. Yet, very few empirical studies exist on the subject. Even rarer are the studies based on completed pr...
Published on Jul 1, 2009in International Journal of Project Management4.69
Chabota Kaliba4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UNZA: University of Zambia),
Mundia Muya6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UNZA: University of Zambia),
Kanyuka Mumba1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UNZA: University of Zambia)
Abstract The wealth of any nation is gauged by its performance in infrastructure provision through its construction industry. The construction industry is large, volatile, and requires tremendous capital outlays. For developing economies, road construction constitutes a major component of the construction industry. This means that much of the national budget on infrastructure development is channelled to road construction projects. The aim of the study reported in this paper was to identify caus...
Published on Jan 1, 2009
Robert K. Yin20
Estimated H-index: 20
Sage Thousand1
Estimated H-index: 1
Published on Aug 1, 2008in International Journal of Project Management4.69
Ghaleb J. Sweis7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UJ: University of Jordan),
Rateb J. Sweis7
Estimated H-index: 7
+ 1 AuthorsA. Shboul1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UJ: University of Jordan)
Abstract The construction industry is a major player in the economy, generating both, employment and wealth. However many projects experience extensive delays and thereby exceed initial time and cost estimates. A host of causes of construction delays in residential projects were identified and classified according to Drewin’s Open Conversion System. The most common causes were evaluated by using both, the data collected in a survey conducted to residential projects consultant engineers, contract...
Cited By1
N. Gambo (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University), I. I. Inuwa (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University)+ 2 AuthorsU. S. Shuaibu
AbstractSeveral studies have attributed high maternal mortality and morbidity rates in rural areas of developing countries including Nigeria to poor budget performance in the provision of primary health care (PHC) facilities. Yet, very little studies focused on the effects of factors affecting budget implementation for the successful delivery of PHC building facilities in the rural areas of Nigeria. Thus, this study assesses the factors affecting budget implementation for successful delivery of ...