Effective construction planning in Hong Kong

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Effective construction planning in Hong Kong


Author: Chan, Chun
Title: Effective construction planning in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Building -- Superintendence
Production scheduling -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Building and Real Estate
Pages: ix, 152, [6] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1441877
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2724
Abstract: Construction planning has been implemented as an essential element in almost every construction project including those in Hong Kong's construction industry. Various kinds of scheduling techniques have been developed and being applied in construction planning for years. However, it is still not uncommon to observe the failure of the local construction projects in having been run without suffering from delay or the failure in achieving other project's goals. This research is to investigate what have led to the unsuccessful application of scheduling techniques in facilitating the construction planning to achieve its goals. It also tries to develop an effective approach of construction planning by examining what other factors in the context of Hong Kong's construction industry are also influencing the effectiveness of the construction planning. It was found that the main reason for the failure of application of scheduling techniques in achieving the planning goal is the lack of the local practitioners' correct perception to the planning purposes and the lack of their proper attention to the very attributes and functions of these scheduling techniques in relation to the planning purposes. It was also found that the major factors affecting the effectiveness of construction planning in the local practice are grouped under four headings: planning efforts, planning practice and process, project's environment and organisational characteristics, with the use of scheduling techniques being grouped under the heading of planning efforts. These factors can be systematically integrated into a planning effectiveness model, which suggests an effective approach for the construction planning in Hong Kong.

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