A comparison between early contractor involvement (ECI) and project alliancing delivery systems

Rahmani, F 2017, 'A comparison between early contractor involvement (ECI) and project alliancing delivery systems', in Anita Ceric, Martina Huemann, Mladen Radujkovic, Mladen Vukomanovic, Ivica (ed.) Proceedings of the 13th International Conference, Organisation, Technology and Management in Construction (OTMC 2017), Porec, Croatia, 27-30 September 2017, pp. 160-170.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A comparison between early contractor involvement (ECI) and project alliancing delivery systems
Author(s) Rahmani, F
Year 2017
Conference name OTMC 2017
Conference location Porec, Croatia
Conference dates 27-30 September 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 13th International Conference, Organisation, Technology and Management in Construction (OTMC 2017)
Editor(s) Anita Ceric, Martina Huemann, Mladen Radujkovic, Mladen Vukomanovic, Ivica
Publisher Croatian Association for Construction Management, University of Zagreb
Place of publication Zagreb, Croatia
Start page 160
End page 170
Total pages 11
Abstract The advantages of integrating construction knowledge into design development have long been recognised by the construction industry. Early Contractor Involvement and Project Alliancing are two recent relational contracting labels that have been largely utilised in the Australian construction industry for the public and private infrastructure projects over the last few years. Both models introduce the project delivery contractor's expertise and advice much earlier in the project lifecycle than has traditionally been the case. Although both models are classified as collaborative form of procurement, there are some substantial different requirements in project management behaviours and working relationships between these models. This paper contributes to this area by comparing these two models through in depth semi-structured interviews with experts at the senior management level who have been involved in ECI and Alliances projects and played significant roles in the project process. The findings suggest that the change in relationship resulted by transitioning from collaborative approach at the early stage into a traditional type of working environment; gaining greater control through trust, price certainty and contract formality together in different stages of the project; lesser extent and length of senior level managers involvement in the project; and reluctance of contractor to contribute in innovation before the construction stage, are the key project management behaviours and working relationship differences when ECI is adopted for a project in comparison with Project Alliancing.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Australia
Early Contractor Involvement
ECI
Project Alliancing
Relationship Based Procurement
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