Assessment on Design Management Practices of National Consultants Focused on Building Design Projects

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In recent years design become reason for the escalation of project cost and time due to inconsistent approach of design management of Consultants. Many projects must now be delivered fast track while co-ordinating increasingly complex fabric and content of buildings with a platform of accepted good practice to manage the design process. Thus, managing the design process plays a major role on the Ethiopian construction industry for delivering projects on time, to budget and to the specified quality. There is a need to educate an increasing number of people in design management techniques to equip them to manage today‟s fast moving and demanding projec ts. However, many current design management tools are insufficiently developed for industry application. Therefore, to improve design management in the industry, current techniques must be modified to align them with the needs of the modern design manager. This research has assessed the design management practice of different consultants with the aim of improving the practice and comprises contents of design process. From this practice of design management recommendations and strategies developed in order to fill the gaps between the practices. This research work presents several issues related to current design management practices of national consultants. The practice of 34 building consultants was investigated via questionnaires. Existing practices related with managing and evaluating information through planning, monitoring and controlling, were assessed in view of identifying shortcomings and limitations associated with each functions. The results moreover indicated that most of the surveyed consultants have inconsistent approach to design management for their projects. Only 36% of the consultants have met the expected completion contract time of the projects they have undertaken so far. While the other 48% didn‟t meet the contract period expected to finish the design project, the remaining 16% of consultants do the design project without time boundaries. According to the results of the research, factors contributing to the inconsistent design management are unfamiliarity with defining tasks, ineffective managing and improper evaluation of information flow, inadequate planning, monitoring and controlling for project design process. The results revealed that consultants‟ design controlling process is not integrated with the management and evaluation of information throughout the design process with considering the time constraints. The survey results further revealed the very limited application of tactics for developing a project culture throughout the design process for facilitating the design management process.



Project design management, design process, design brief, f, information management, design review