oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Maintenance practices of civil construction firms : technical paper



The object of this paper is to reveal information on maintenance practices of civil construction firms and to comment on them in relation to conventional economic theory. The paper is in three parts : A description of the maintenance requirements (ie demand), an outline of maintenance undertaken (ie supply) and a discussion of conventional, neo-classical, economic theory regarding these findings.

The conclusion drawn is that the fields of engineering practice and economics overlap. Many students in both educational areas will proceed into industries where organizations exist with relatively stable departmental structures. The economic rationale for such departments, clearly visible, is not explained to students except in outdated and contradictory theory. The maintenance department practices in civil construction firms outlined above form a case that may be used to demonstrate modern economic theory for sections observed in a firm.


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