n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - An evaluation of design-build as procurement method for building and civil engineering projects in South Africa : technical paper

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



Recent studies in developed countries such as the United States of America and United Kingdom have proved that the design-build procurement method experiences extraordinary growth. In the Far East this approach is also gaining in popularity. <p>The main objective of this research study, which was conducted in the first half of 1999, was to determine the market share of design-build in building and civil engineering in South Africa. Amongst the other goals were to compare design-build with other project delivery approaches and to determine possible concerns and the future of this concept. Questionnaires and personal interviewing were used to collect the primary data. The response rate was 35, 6% - 24 of the 32 respondents had experience of design-build (average ± 21 projects per respondent). <p>The results indicate the following: &lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt; Approximately 29% of building and civil engineering projects in South Africa are delivered by the design-build approach. <li>Design-build can lead, amongst others, to shorter project duration, reduction in cost, enhanced constructability of the design, better relations and less disputes and claims. <li>This concept has the advantage of single-point responsibility. <li>The main concern is the high cost for bidding, especially of the design function. <li>A well-defined scope of the work is essential. <li>Respondents perceived a bright future for design-build in South Africa.&lt;/ul&gt;

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