Mega-Project Construction Management: The Corps of Engineers and Bechtel Group in Saudi Arabia
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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This thesis seeks to develop empirical hypotheses for successful construction management of international mega-projects through a multiple exploratory case study methodology. The case study involves two construction programs recently completed in Saudi Arabia by American engineeringconstruction firms. The first is a 6 billion military facility that was constructed for the Saudi Arabian Army by the US Marine Corps of Engineers at Al Batin from 1976-1987. The second is a 20 billion industrial port city constructed by Bechtel Group at Jubail from 1976 - Present. The projects are analyzed separately them compared in the areas of planning, organization, staffing and control. The thesis identifies the challenges of international mega-projects and develops hypotheses for maximizing construction management performance while minimizing management costs and contract disputes. The study establishes 10 hypotheses. They encompass specific organizational forms staff locations personnel policies management cost control contract types controlling international contractors minimizing disputes life cycle project management owner provided equipment, materials and services and infrastructure development to support project construction.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies