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A methodology to diagnose and evaluate the procurement process for investment projects, and launch a continuous improvement was developed and applied to selected projects. A thorough literature review was carried out along with study of cases, surveys and interviews to professionals involved in this area. As a result, a methodology for diagnosis and improvement was proposed and tested in selected projects. The results obtained show that the main problem of procurement is related to schedule delays and lack of specified quality for the project.
To prevent this situation it is often necessary to dedicate important resources money, personnel, time, etc. A great potential for improvement was detected if state of the art technologies such as, electronic mail, EDI Electronic Data Interchange , bar codes, and other systems were applied to the procurement process.
These technologies could help to eliminate the root causes for many types of wastes that were detected. Alarcon, L. Berkeley, USA, Jul Founded in , the IGLC is an international network of researchers from practice and academia in architecture, engineering, and construction AEC who feel that the practice, education, and research of the AEC industry have to be radically renewed in order to respond to the global challenges ahead.
Register Log in. Abstract A methodology to diagnose and evaluate the procurement process for investment projects, and launch a continuous improvement was developed and applied to selected projects.
Keywords Lean construction, procurement, performance indicators, process improvement Files Full Text. Reference Alarcon, L.
A competency‐based model for construction supervisors in developing countries
An original model based on the labor competency management framework is proposed for training, developing and certifying construction supervisors in Chile and other developing countries. This model was developed from the findings of a case study in which the competency framework was applied to a specific construction company. This case study has demonstrated the significant potential of the competency framework for the Chilean construction sector, with its underdeveloped human resources management methods. In particular, this framework can be an effective approach to achieving the competencies required by construction site supervisors who must deal with inadequately trained workers, as is the case in many developing countries. The structured approach of the competency framework can help companies create more objective schemes for the design and implementation of training programs. The application of the competency approach can greatly improve the human resources management function in construction companies as well as the site performance of their personnel. The findings obtained so far in Chile can also be projected to construction companies in other developing countries in the region.
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