Construction procurement systems : don’t forget murphy’s law!

Murray, Michael and Langford, David and Hardcastle, Cliff and Tookey, John (2002) Construction procurement systems : don’t forget murphy’s law! In: Proceedings of CIB W92 Symposium, 2002-01-14 - 2002-01-17.

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Abstract

What can go wrong will go wrong! The rule of ‘Murphy’ can strike any unsuspecting project team and is best not forgotten. This is especially so if we consider the current UK construction industry agenda for performance improvement through a culture of eliminating waste (time, money, labour, materials) and a desire for ‘zero defects.’ This paper demonstrates (using 11 case study construction projects) that Murphy is alive and well on many projects and may indeed be visiting a site near you today. Design and construction professionals were interviewed on each project and information gathered resulted in the formation of a typology for each project. The typology indicated both project enhancing and detrimental events, which had taken place on each project. The typology allowed for the creation of 11 individual project ‘footprints.’ The footprints are compared and contrasted in this paper and reference is made to the procurement route (traditional, D&B and management) used on each project. The concepts of project risk, uncertainty, procurement systems and project success are also discussed.