An exploration of the challenges faced by contractors engaging in post disaster reconstruction projects

Georgy, M, Sulzberger, M and Dunbabin, S 2016, 'An exploration of the challenges faced by contractors engaging in post disaster reconstruction projects', in Natee Singhaputtangkul (ed.) Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference (AUBEA 2016), Cairns, Australia, 6-8 July 2016, pp. 251-260.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title An exploration of the challenges faced by contractors engaging in post disaster reconstruction projects
Author(s) Georgy, M
Sulzberger, M
Dunbabin, S
Year 2016
Conference name AUBEA 2016: Radical Innovation in the Built Environment
Conference location Cairns, Australia
Conference dates 6-8 July 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference (AUBEA 2016)
Editor(s) Natee Singhaputtangkul
Publisher Central Queensland University
Place of publication Australia
Start page 251
End page 260
Total pages 10
Abstract Natural disasters are becoming more frequent due to climate change. With the increasing population density, handling and managing the post disaster period is critical. Natural disasters typically require recovery and rebuild projects whose magnitude depends on the scale of the disaster itself. There is an expansive body of knowledge on the effects of natural disasters on the environment and individuals. However, little research is available on the difficulties post disaster contactors face while undertaking this kind of work. A research was conducted by the authors to explore this domain. The study adopts a qualitative approach and uses semi- structured interviews to investigate the research inquiry. Interviewees were all involved in post disaster reconstruction activities including houses, roads, infrastructure etc. Through a thematic analysis of the interview content, the significant challenges contractors had faced were identified. While contractors agreed there were many challenges, the overall view was to continue being involved in such activities due to the potential for financial gains and also the overall rewarding experience.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Construction business
disaster management
natural disasters
reconstruction activities
ISBN 9781921047138
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