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Wood, H L (2010) Modelling project complexity at the pre-construction stage , Unpublished PhD Thesis, School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton.

Wood, H L and Ashton, P (2007) An investigation to identify the role of pre-construction site investigative information used by small medium sized enterprises (SME).. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 703–12.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: site investigation information; risk; project planning; SME
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-0-7
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2007-0703-0712_Wood_and_Ashton.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Risk and uncertainty are an inherent part of any construction project and may be a major factor contributing to the success of the project. Whilst Site Investigation (SI) information is considered a pre-requisite of any construction project, questions remain regarding the effective use of such data and how this affects the project complexity at the pre-construction stage by SME’s on Design-and-Build (D&B) projects (Ashton 2003). This research programme is part of a global research project aimed at establishing the consequences and link between pre-construction information and project complexity. This paper provides the initial findings from a pilot survey aimed at establishing the current use and role of site investigative data having been awarded a standard D&B JCT 1998 contract. Previous research (Ashton 2003) established that inadequate and subjective methods were used to determine the extent and appropriateness of investigative work and that a significant problem resulted from a lack of understanding regarding complexity, risk and uncertainty associated with pre-construction planning. It also considers those factors that SME’s considered critical to the efficient use and comprehension of the pre-construction SI information and suggests ways in which the role of this information could be used to enhance D&B projects. This work has provided a series of recommendations and identified the need for a standardized recording mechanism to capture and present SI information to SME’s, in order that this data can be used more effectively.

Wood, H L and Ashton, P (2010) Modelling project complexity. In: Egbu, C (Ed.), Proceedings 26th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-8 September 2010, Leeds, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 1111–20.

Wood, H L and Gidado, K (2008) An overview of complexity theory and its application to the construction industry.. In: Dainty, A (Ed.), Proceedings 24th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 677–86.

Wood, H L, Piroozfar, P A E and Farr, E R P (2014) Moving beyond project complexity: Exploring empirical dimensions of complexity in the construction industry. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 885–94.