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Critical Review of the Evolution of Project Delivery Methods in the Construction Industry

Civil Engineering Department, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah 26666, UAE
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Buildings 2021, 11(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010011
Received: 12 November 2020 / Revised: 22 December 2020 / Accepted: 23 December 2020 / Published: 26 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buildings: 10th Anniversary)
Selecting the appropriate project delivery method (PDM) is a very significant managerial decision that impacts the success of construction projects. This paper provides a critical review of related literature on the evolution of project delivery methods, selection methods and selection criteria over the years and their suitability in the construction industry of today’s world. The literature review analysis has concluded that project delivery methods evolve at a slower rate compared to the evolution of the construction industry. The paper also suggests features of an evolved project delivery method that is digitally integrated, people-centered, and sustainability-focused. Moreover, the paper highlights the latest selection criteria such as risk, health and wellbeing, sustainability goals and technological innovations. Furthermore, the paper concluded that advanced artificial intelligence techniques are yet to be exploited to develop a smart decision support model that will assist clients in selecting the most appropriate delivery method for successful project completion. Additionally, the paper presents a framework that illustrates the relationship between the different PDM variables needed to harmonize with the construction industry. Last, but not least, the paper fills a gap in the literature as it covers a different perspective in the field of project delivery methods. The paper also provides recommendations and future research ideas. View Full-Text
Keywords: project delivery methods; construction; PDM selection criteria; PDM selection methods project delivery methods; construction; PDM selection criteria; PDM selection methods
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Ahmed, S.; El-Sayegh, S. Critical Review of the Evolution of Project Delivery Methods in the Construction Industry. Buildings 2021, 11, 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010011

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Ahmed, Salma; El-Sayegh, Sameh. 2021. "Critical Review of the Evolution of Project Delivery Methods in the Construction Industry" Buildings 11, no. 1: 11. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010011

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