Feasibility of Concurrent in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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the feasibility of concurrent engineering in the Nigerian construction industry A PROJECT SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF BENIN IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE ENQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (B. ENG.) IN CIVIL ENGINEERING BY

OBHIELO ORIAIFO .O
MAT.NO: ENG0500405

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
UNIVERSITY OF BENIN
BENIN CITY, NIGERIA

FEBRUARY 2011

CERTIFICATION
We, the undersigned hereby certify and approve that this study by OBHIELO ORIAIFO OSATOFO is adequate in scope and quality for the partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering(B. Eng) degree in Civil Engineering.

…………………………… ……………………………..……… DR. A.N ANIEKWU DR. C. IZINYON
Project supervisor Head of Department
Civil Engineering

Date…………………………. Date………………………….

DEDICATION
This research work is dedicated to God Almighty; the creator of the heavens and the earth.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
First of all, I would like to thank A.N ANIEKWU for allowing me work under him. I also thank him for his patience in waiting for the final compilation of this project. My thanks also goes to my Head of department DR C. IZINYON and the entire staff and lectures of the civil engineering department who contributed one way or the other throughout my stay in the university. I owe my warmest thanks to my parents, Mr. E.A OBHIELO and Mrs. A.O OBHIELO for their financial support, morals, and for bringing meaning and happiness into my life. I also wish to express my deepest gratitude to my brothers DR. E. OBHIELO and his wife, Mr Ese OBHIELO and his wife, my only sister Dr. Geraldine OBHIELO, my uncle and aunty, cousins; Mr/Mrs Ken OBHIELO, Elvis, Henry, Nicholas, Lauren, Otaigbe. I must not fail to recognise my friends Okiemute, Uzor, Afor, Oshomo, Jeffrey, Osazuwa, Kokobili, Chinedu, Torti, Temi, Vonnnie, Milcah, to all lovers of Lacasera ++ that have directly or indirectly contributed to my knowledge.

LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 2.1; Variability in benefits achieved from CE tools under best and norm conditions Fig 2.2; Example of design changes as a function of time for an American and Japanese automobile. Source: Engineering Modeling and Design, Chapman, Bahill & Wymore Fig 2.3; information producer-user matrix for a typical project chain-source: Adopted for Murray et al (2001) Fig 4.1; Professional background

Fig 4.2; Age of respondent’s organization
Fig 4.3 means of communication
Fig 4.4 Co-location of technical staff
Fig 4.5 computer literacy

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CERTIFICATIONii
DEDICATIONiii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTiv
LIST OF FIGURESv
TABLE OF CONTENTSvi
CHAPTER 11
1.0INTRODUCTION1
1.1STATEMENT OF PROBLEM2
1.2PURPOSE OF STUDY3
1.3AIM OF STUDY3
1.4SCOPE OF STUDY3
1.5LIMITATION OF THE STUDY3
1.6DEFINITION OF TERMS4
CHAPTER 25
LITERATURE REVIEW5
2.0THE HISTORICAL FOUNDATION OF CONCURRENT ENGINEERING5
2.1 SOME DEFINITIONS OF CONCURRENT ENGINEERING6
2.2DESCRIPTION OF CE7
2.4SOME KEY FEATURES OF CONCURRENT ENGINEERING8
2.7DIFFICULTIES IN IMPLEMENTING CONCURRENT ENGINEERING13
2.5CONCURRENT ENGINEERING TEAMS15
2.6THE EARMARKS OF AN EFFECTIVE TEAM16
2.7CO-LOCATION OF TEAM MEMBERS16
2.8DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING AND CONCURRENT ENGINEERING18 2.8THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION19 2.8.1NATURE OF THE OPERATION19
2.9CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NIGERIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY21 2.10THE CURRENT USE OF ICT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY23
CHAPTER THREE27
3.0RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLGY27
3.1RESEARCH DESIGN27
3.2POPULATION AND SAMPLE SIZE28
3.3SOURCES OF DATA AND DATA COLLECTION METHOD28
3.4RESEARCH INSTRUMENT28
3.5VAILIDITY OF INSTRUMENT29
3.6DATA ANALYSIS29...
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