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Causes of delay in large construction projects

by Sadi A. Assaf, Sadiq Al-Hejji
International Journal of Project Management ()
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A survey on time performance of different types of construction projects in Saudi Arabia was conducted to determine the causes of delay and their importance according to each of the project participants, i.e., the owner, consultant and the contractor. The field survey conducted included 23 contractors, 19 consultants, and 15 owners. Seventy-three causes of delay were identified during the research. 76% of the contractors and 56% of the consultants indicated that average of time overrun is between 10% and 30% of the original duration. The most common cause of delay identified by all the three parties is "change order". Surveys concluded that 70% of projects experienced time overrun and found that 45 out of 76 projects considered were delayed. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.

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