Special Issue "Decision Making in Construction Projects"

A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954). This special issue belongs to the section "Systems Practice in Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yiannis Xenidis
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Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: implementation of building information modeling in construction and maintenance of infrastructure; resilience of infrastructure systems; risk analysis and decision-making theory; infrastructure investments and development; cost and schedule management in civil engineering works; project management; construction management
Dr. Dimos Charmpis
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Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Interests: various topics of structural engineering aiming at the exploitation of innovative computing systems and numerical methods for the analysis and design of structures under static or dynamic/seismic loading

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A long-standing ascertainment in the construction industry is that a large number of projects do not achieve their objectives and goals. Complexity in delivering, in combination with the large number of stakeholders that pursue their own—often competing—interests, along with the pressures of a highly competitive economic environment constitute a framework where efficient decision-making becomes essential for success.

Effective decision-making in construction projects is crucial both at the macro- and at the microlevel, i.e., both concerning feasibility, choice, planning, selecting the construction method, financing of the project prior to construction initiation, and managing resources, performance, supply chain, etc. during the project’s development. Decision-making also entails managing a large number of varied risks, which are always present regardless of the stage or level of the project’s development.

Recent technological developments and theoretical advancements have enriched the already extended array of methods, tools, and techniques for supporting or conducting decision-making. The evolution and gradual application of novel theoretical frameworks (e.g., lean construction), construction methods (e.g., 3D printing), digitalization (e.g., digital twins), and equipment (e.g., IoT) have qualitatively and quantitatively modified both the data and the information background and the available alternatives in the decision-making process. Therefore, traditional optimization and multicriteria methods, established techniques, and graphical and software tools have accordingly evolved, while new ones have been developed from scratch to correspond to the current reality.

This Special Issue aims at presenting recent developments at all stages and in all aspects of the decision-making process for construction projects, both at the theoretical and practical levels. These aspects include—but are not limited to—the following issues, which are most welcome in this Special Issue:

  • Construction methods: Selection and application;
  • Technological advances in data collection and processing in construction;
  • Structural health monitoring;
  • Probabilistic and optimization methods in construction;
  • Multicriteria methods, tools, and techniques for decision-making in construction;
  • Building information modeling applications for risk management and decision-making;
  • Schedule, cost, performance, supply chain, and health and safety decisions in construction projects;
  • Risk management;
  • Decision-making within agile and lean construction frameworks;
  • Procurement and legal framework for construction projects;
  • Skills and leadership of decision-makers in construction projects.

Dr. Yiannis Xenidis
Dr. Dimos Charmpis
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • decision theory
  • decision-making
  • construction
  • construction methods
  • data analytics
  • risk management

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Improving Risk Assessment for Transporting Dangerous Goods through European Road Tunnels: A Delphi Study
Systems 2021, 9(4), 80; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/systems9040080 - 08 Nov 2021
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Managing the transportation of dangerous goods (DG) through road tunnels is of great importance since it is associated with a serious risk of accidents. The consequences of an accident involving DG, especially in the closed tunnel environment, might be more significant and even [...] Read more.
Managing the transportation of dangerous goods (DG) through road tunnels is of great importance since it is associated with a serious risk of accidents. The consequences of an accident involving DG, especially in the closed tunnel environment, might be more significant and even more catastrophic compared to the same accident occurring on an open road. This article presents the Greek experience regarding the application of quantitative risk assessment (QRA) methods for the transportation of DG through Greek road tunnels. The modified Delphi method, with the participation of nine experts, is employed to investigate the obstacles to successfully conforming with the mandatory European Union regulatory framework that applies to transport operations within the Trans-European road network. Recommendations are made to improve the applied QRA approach, to facilitate the cooperation between tunnel managers and emergency services, to communicate lessons learned and to enhance the training of risk assessors. Full article
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Sustainability Perspective to Support Decision Making in Structural Retrofitting of Buildings: A Case Study
Systems 2021, 9(4), 78; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/systems9040078 - 29 Oct 2021
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The reuse of existing materials in buildings can give a contribution to sustainable practices such as a balance in embodied energy, water, and emission reduction. However, it is not always possible to maintain the existing structural materials because some different technical variables could [...] Read more.
The reuse of existing materials in buildings can give a contribution to sustainable practices such as a balance in embodied energy, water, and emission reduction. However, it is not always possible to maintain the existing structural materials because some different technical variables could hamper their usability, namely seismic reinforcement needs, fire safety protection, conservation state, and new legal requirements. The paper follows a case study approach for assessing the technical and environmental performances of structural options for old building retrofitting works. All structural options were analyzed through the results of several categories of environmental impact. Some parameters of a retrofitting management system were also used to frame in a comprehensive way the technical constraints pertaining to building retrofitting works. The structural option choice was taken by the owner with the contribution of the design team and the construction manager of the construction project as well as the results of interviews with other construction professionals, considering the variables related to technical suitability and environmental impact. The results of the study show that the steel structure is the solution that best addresses the technical constraints of the building retrofit works and minimizes environmental impact. The results of the study also suggest that the consideration of other variables other than the technical ones can contribute to the effective functioning of the renovation subsegment of the building market. Some suggestions for further studies to enhance the results of this work are put forward. Full article
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Delay Risk Assessment Models for Road Projects
Systems 2021, 9(3), 70; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/systems9030070 - 17 Sep 2021
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Significant universal research regarding causes of delay in road projects has been carried out based on expert opinion. This study classifies and standardizes all road construction delay factors found in the literature by developing a common risk breakdown structure (RBS) to allow for [...] Read more.
Significant universal research regarding causes of delay in road projects has been carried out based on expert opinion. This study classifies and standardizes all road construction delay factors found in the literature by developing a common risk breakdown structure (RBS) to allow for comparison between real project delay factors, and the study also proposes two delay risk assessment models (DRAMs) based on delay information from 120 real projects constructed in a similar environment with akin procurement and contract policies. The first calculates the risk priority number (RPN) and the second applies the Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Situation (TOPSIS) multi-criteria decision-making method (MCDM). The results showed that four specific delay factors dominate in Greek road construction for which relevant mitigation proposals are made. The proposed DRAMs, while calibrated for application in Greece, can be adapted to any construction environment for which real project data is available to provide a tool for transferring experience from past projects to future projects and from accomplished to novice public client decision makers. Full article
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Evaluating Organizational Sustainability: A Multi-Criteria Based-Approach to Sustainable Project Management Indicators
Systems 2021, 9(3), 58; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/systems9030058 - 31 Jul 2021
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Even though recent studies designate that sustainability should be integrated in project management, this integration remains a complex issue. Hence, there is a need to develop a new approach that would assess the organizational sustainability and reveal to what extent sustainable project management [...] Read more.
Even though recent studies designate that sustainability should be integrated in project management, this integration remains a complex issue. Hence, there is a need to develop a new approach that would assess the organizational sustainability and reveal to what extent sustainable project management practices are effective. The aim of this research is to propose a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis-based method to assess the integration of the sustainability philosophy in large-scale organizations via the utilization of sustainable project management-related indicators. By utilising the proposed approach to compare internal organizational structures, the researchers aim to reveal the sustainability integration level within different business units, in order to allow organizations to make decisions toward sustainable practices. The indicators used in the proposed model are related to key aspects of organizations and they measure how the departments’ staff utilize sustainable project management processes in their construction projects. The case study was conducted in a market-leading design, engineering, and project management consultancy organization. Evaluating organizational sustainability can help organizations target their efforts in certain areas (enhancing sustainable outcomes). It can also facilitate data collection, analysis, and future projections. Full article
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