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Decision Support for Construction Cost Control in Developing Countries

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The continued growth of emerging nations depends largely on the development of their built infrastructures and communities. Roads, dams, bridges, hospitals, schools, and housing are all examples of the built environment that impacts economic improvements in the developing world. Decision Support for Construction Cost Control in Developing Countries explores how the construction industry contributes to a nation’s GDP and the related cost issues and proposed cost reduction solutions for construction projects and initiatives in developing regions. Emphasizing the role of decision support systems for reducing and managing the costs associated with construction projects, this title is an essential reference source for civil engineers, business and engineering managers, project managers, researchers, and professionals in the construction industry.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
    1. REFERENCES
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Chapter 1: General Introduction
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. ORGANISATION OF THIS BOOK
    4. CONCLUSION
    5. REFERENCES
  9. Chapter 2: Building Construction Practices in Developing Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. THE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES IN CAMEROON
    5. UNDERSTANDING SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE ENTERPRISES: THE MAIN JOBS PROVIDER OF THE INFORMAL BUILDINGSECTOR WORKERS
    6. FUTURE TRENDS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    10. ENDNOTES
  10. Chapter 3: Challenges Facing Building Construction in Developing Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT RELATED CHALLENGES
    5. MANPOWER RELATED CHALLENGES
    6. MANAGEMENT AND STAKEHOLDERS RELATED CHALLENGES
    7. COST OVERRUNS AND DELAYS
    8. CHALLENGES OF QUALITY CONTROL IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
    9. QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
    10. DECISION PROBLEM IN A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SITE: SPPLY AND STOCK CHALLENGES
    11. FUTURE TRENDS
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
    14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  11. Chapter 4: Overview of Decision Support Systems Applied to Construction
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS: WHAT ARE THERE?
    5. APPLICATION OF DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS IN CONSTRUCTION
    6. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACTS OF DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS TO CONSTRUCTION
    7. FUTURE TRENDS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Chapter 5: Selected Mathematical Theories Underpinning Decision Models
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MATRICES THEORY
    5. MULTIPLE LINEAR REGRESSION THEORY
    6. ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK THEORY
    7. CONSTRUCTION SITE MANAGEMENT CONTROL: USING THE MARKOV DECISION PROCESS MODEL
    8. THE CONSTRUCTION COST INDEXES: LASPEYRES AND PAASCHE INDICES
    9. DISCUSSION
    10. FUTURE TRENDS
    11. CONCLUSION
    12. REFERENCES
    13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Chapter 6: Modeling Principles of Decision Support Systems
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. UNDERSTANDING THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL SECTOR
    5. MODELLING PRINCIPLES TO CONTROL COSTS AND CONSTRUCTION PERIOD
    6. CHECKING TOOLS
    7. DISCUSSION AND ANALYSES OF MODELLING PRINCIPLES
    8. FUTURE TRENDS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  14. Chapter 7: Some Selected Case Study Applications
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. MATRIX-BASED DECISION SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION COSTS CONTROL SYSTEMS
    5. THE CONSTRUCTION COST INDEXES: CASES STUDIES
    6. APPLICATION OF THE SUB-WORK CHAINING DIAGRAM (SWCD) APPROACH: A CASE STUDY
    7. AN ESTIMATION METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION COSTS’ MASTERING BASED ON LINEAR REGRESSION
    8. AN ESTIMATION METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION COST MASTERING BASED ON LINEAR REGRESSION AND ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK
    9. MINIMISING COSTS OVERRUNS IN A TIME-OVERRUN CONTEXT: THE CCOTOV MODEL
    10. MARKOV DECISION PROCESS CASE STUDY
    11. FUTURE TRENDS
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
    14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    15. ENDNOTES
  15. Chapter 8: Rule-Based Ontology Decision Model
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. WHAT IS ONTOLOGY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
    4. WHAT IS THE SEMANTIC WEB?
    5. THE SEMANTIC WEB ARCHITECTURE
    6. ONTOLOGY EDITORS
    7. ONTOLOGY METHODOLOGIES
    8. ANOMOLIES DISCOVERY IN ONTOLOGIES
    9. ONTOLOGY EVALUATION
    10. IMPLEMENTATION OF ONTOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTION BUILDING
    11. DISCUSSION
    12. CONCLUSION
    13. REFERENCES
  16. Chapter 9: Case Study Applications in Software Environments
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. IMPLEMENTATION OF ONTOLOGY IN A SOFTWARE ENVIRONMENT
    4. DISCUSSION
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
  17. Chapter 10: Bridging Modernity by Improving Informal Sector for Substantially Industrialized Construction in Developing Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. INTRODUCTION
    4. AN OVERVIEW OF PROCESS QUALITY IN SMEs IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
    5. A PROPOSAL OF QUALITY APPROACH FRAMEWORK TO IMPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR
    6. IMPLEMENTATION OF PROCESS APPROACH WITH CONSTRUCTION QUALITY INDICATORS
    7. IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS AND INDICATORS
    8. PROPOSITION TO MODERNIZE INFORMAL SECTOR WITH CONCEPT OF WORKSHOP
    9. A PROPOSAL OF ORGANIZATION AND INTEGRATION OF WORKSHOP INTO SMEs
    10. LOGISTICAL NETWORKS CONTROL OF WORKSHOPS AROUND A MAIN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SITE (PC) THROUGH A CASE STUDY
    11. FUTURE TRENDS
    12. REFERENCES
    13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  18. Chapter 11: Dicussions and Conclusion
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. OVERVIEW OF THE DIFFERENT CHAPTERS
    4. SOME TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS BOOK
    5. A FEW WORDS FOR ENVIRONMENT ISSUES
    6. REMODELING DECISION SYSTEM SUPPORT
    7. CONCLUSION AND FURTHER TRENDS
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  19. Compilation of References
  20. About the Authors