Best Value Contractor Selection in Road Construction Projects: ANP-Based Decision Support System

Hasnain, Muhammad and Thaheem, Muhammad Jamaluddin and Ullah, Fahim ORCID: (2018) Best Value Contractor Selection in Road Construction Projects: ANP-Based Decision Support System. International Journal of Civil Engineering, 16 (6). pp. 695-714. ISSN 1735-0522


Based on the limitations of traditional procurement, this study uses analytical network process (ANP) for contractor selection. Using extensive literature review, best value (BV) contributing factors are identified. Experts are involved to get their feedback for shortlisting the identified factors. An ANP-based decision support system has been developed using data collected through a detailed questionnaire survey in the local construction industry for evaluating the selection process. Further, five case studies of completed road construction projects have been used to validate the decision support system. The findings indicate that in almost all the cases, the traditional procurement system, owing to its stringent prequalification measures, subliminally took into consideration the overall value proposition, and only one case study showed anomalies for which detailed reasoning is deliberated. This highlights the tendency of practitioners to overweigh the cost-based criteria, despite an established significance of other factors, treating the intangible value factors of quality, health and safety, environmental impact, etc. as less important. It reflects that the local construction industry attaches marginal value to qualitative factors. The construction industry will benefit from implementation of BV procurement system and a prolonged exposure may help improve its value system to realize the contribution of non-cost-based factors.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 02:50
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 00:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Best value; Analytical network process (ANP); Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM); Decision support system; Contractor selection
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1299 Other Built Environment and Design > 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330201 Automation and technology in building and construction
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