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Drivers for dynamic brief development in construction

Ayman A.E. Othman (Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Tarek M. Hassan (Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Christine L. Pasquire (Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



Confining the development of the project brief to a certain stage hinders the interaction between the client and the designer. In addition, it inhibits the incorporation of the influential internal and external factors that may affect the project. In spite of the frequently adverse impact of change orders on project cost, time and quality, literature review and case studies showed that client organisations continue to use change orders to achieve their expectations and enhance their projects' performance principally because current construction management process instills an expectation that, change after a specified point is somehow outside the project brief rather than part of the ongoing development of that brief. This paper introduces the concept of dynamic brief development (DBD), a process that facilitates client satisfaction, meets the need to adapt to the brief developing factors for the benefit of the project and fulfils the desire to manage project change orders. In this paper, the need, aims and principles of the concept of DBD are explained and the factors driving brief development are identified. In addition, the rationale behind each factor is given and the case study sampling method is described.



Othman, A.A.E., Hassan, T.M. and Pasquire, C.L. (2004), "Drivers for dynamic brief development in construction", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 248-258.



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