Study of Delay in Project Planning and Design Stage of Civil Engineering Projects
Enas Fathi Taher1, R.K. Pandey2
1Enas Fathi Taher, M. Tech Civil Eng, Construction and Management, Civil Engineer at Republic of Iraq.
2R.K. Pandey, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SHIATS Allahabad, (U.P.), India.
Manuscript received on January 24, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on February 12, 2013. | Manuscript published on February 28, 2013. | PP: 456-461 | Volume-2 Issue-3, February 2013.  | Retrieval Number: C1111022313 /2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: As we know that delay occurs in every phase of construction project. One of the key characteristics of the construction projects is executing the scope of work in a specific amount of time. As project time overrun may have bad consequences for the project performing organization such as cost overrun, damage of company’s reputation, etc. it is important to clarify between causes of excusable delays and causes of non-excusable delays. While most previous studies have focused on finding causes or overcoming delays in the construction phase, few studies have analyzed delay problems in the planning and design phases. The main purpose of proposed research work is to identify and rank delay causes in the planning and design phases. A structured questionnaire was sent to engineers at the A/E companies for public construction projects in INDIA. Based on 95 valid responses, this study identified the delay causes and analyzed the importance and frequency of delays using the relative importance index. Analytical results reveal that “changes in client’s requirement” are the main causes of delays in both planning and design phases. The finding is good justification for many public clients who usually change their requirements during the planning and design phases that really delay construction projects.
Keywords: Civil construction projects, delay, executable delays, non-executable delays, delay factors.