The Effects of Design Information on Reliability of Progress and Cost Estimates of Construction Projects: The Case of Two Civil Engineering Projects
American Journal of Civil Engineering
Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2016, Pages: 326-336
Received: Sep. 23, 2016; Accepted: Oct. 7, 2016; Published: Nov. 1, 2016
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Stephen Agyeman, Department of Civil Engineering, Sunyani Polytechnic, Sunyani, Ghana
Eric Kwaku Asare, Department of Building Technology, Sunyani Polytechnic, Sunyani, Ghana
Emmanuel Nsiah Ankomah, Department of Building Technology, Sunyani Polytechnic, Sunyani, Ghana
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Continuing national disquiet concerning the late completion of road construction projects, high-cost overruns and premature failures of roads partly attributed to inadequate design information is quite worrying. The paper investigated the effects of design information on reliability of progress and cost estimates on two road construction projects in the Brong Ahafo and the Upper East Regions of Ghana. A case study was conducted on the two projects which involved the content analysis of the design documents, interviews with the industry players and personal observations. The study revealed among other things such as lack of design plans before tendering, disparities between design drawing information and Bill of Quantity (BoQ) information, inadequate site investigation and delays in taking decision on variations, affected the smooth progress of these projects. It is recommended that all the stakeholders in the road construction industry treat road design and its related matters with the maximum attention it deserves to curtail the huge avoidable cost the nation is incurring.
Design Information, Bill of Quantity, Reliability of Progress, Cost Estimates, Construction Projects, Ghana
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Stephen Agyeman, Eric Kwaku Asare, Emmanuel Nsiah Ankomah, The Effects of Design Information on Reliability of Progress and Cost Estimates of Construction Projects: The Case of Two Civil Engineering Projects, American Journal of Civil Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2016, pp. 326-336. doi: 10.11648/j.ajce.20160406.19
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