Design error classification, causation, and prevention in construction engineering

Lopez, R. and Love, P.E.D. and Edwards, D.J. and Davis, P.R. (2010) Design error classification, causation, and prevention in construction engineering. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 24 (4). pp. 399-408. ISSN 08873828 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Construction and engineering practitioners have found it increasingly difficult to learn from their mistakes, particularly with regard to the prevention, identification and/or containment of design errors. Yet, design errors have been the root cause of numerous catastrophic accidents that have resulted in the death and injury of workers and members of the public. This paper examines and classifies the nature of error and design error causation in construction and engineering projects. A review of the normative literature revealed that design errors are caused by an array of factors that can work interdependently. A generic framework is developed that classifies design error according to people, the organization, and project is presented. The paper suggests that people, over and above organizational and project management strategies, have the greatest propensity to reduce errors through the process of situated learning and knowing. This is because the working environment provided by an organization and the processes used to deliver construction and engineering projects influence the nature and ability of people to undertake tasks. Consequently, there is no single but rather a multitude of strategies that need to be adopted in congruence to reduce design errors so that safety and project performance are ameliorated. © 2010 ASCE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Causes, Classification, Design errors, Documentation, Learning, Prevention, Construction engineering, Design errors, Engineering practitioners, Engineering project, Generic frameworks, Project performance, Root cause, Situated learning, Working environment, Errors, Occupational risks, Project management, Design
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 13:54
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 13:54
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2821

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