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IMPACT OF ARCHITECT/ENGINEER (A/E) CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS ON PROJECT OUTCOMES

  • Author / Creator
    Eltahan, Amira, Mamdouh Helmy
  • The selection of Architect/Engineer (A/E) is one of the critical decisions made by owners early in a project. Driven by the presumption that architects and engineers are not commodities; hence, the assessment of A/E firms should be based on their qualifications. This research aims to study, define, and predict the impact of A/E consultant qualifications on project outcomes. It is considered one of the first attempts to quantitatively assess and understand the effects of A/E capabilities on project performance in Alberta. It helps to determine A/E qualifications and project characteristics that are correlated to project performance. A model is developed to aid owners to predict project outcomes early in the procurement stage, based on the ranking of the A/E consultant qualifications and/or project characteristics. To achieve this, the model identifies the correlations between A/E consultant qualification, project characteristics, and project outcomes, and it was furtherly validated using a prediction model developed using artificial neural networks. This model will help in eliminated the current industry practice of having unstandardized evaluation criteria to assess consultants. Also, it connects the gap between the consultant procurement decision and its impact on the management performance and outcomes of a project. Furthermore, this thesis offers an understanding of current procurement practices, as well as common evaluation criteria and their respective weights as adopted by several public owners in Alberta.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2021
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-m24z-8t59
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.