2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference

Factors Causing Delay of Materials Delivery in Construction Industry in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Adel Alshibani, KFUPM (Presenter)
Mr. Mahmoud Eltourkey, King Fhad University of Petroleum and Minerals
Mr. Bahaa Eldin Elmaghraby

One of the main causes of project schedule delay is the material delivery as it plays an important role in the construction and effects the profitability of all parties involved in the project. This paper introduces study conducted to investigate, identify, and rank the most important factors causing material delivery delays in construction industry in Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia. The methodology applied to achieve the main goals consists of conducting a comprehensive literature review along with interviewing a number of local experts to identify the factors that may cause construction material delivery delays. Through a web-based and paper questionnaire survey, the identified factors were assessed and ranked. Forty-two responses were gathered from experts in different positions in construction industry in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The responses were gathered from 15 project managers, 21 project engineers, 2 supervisors, 3 suppliers, and a procurement officer. The study found that the most important factors that cause delay of construction material delivery in construction industry in Saudi Arabia are “Late issuance of purchase order (Not following the project plan)” , “Late adoption of the material” , “Delays in approving the shop drawings” , “Late issuance of invoices to the contractor” and “Late issuance of supplier payment”.

The paper is original in the sense that although many researches have been conducted to identify the causes of construction schedule delay, very limited research conducted to identify causes behind delay in construction material delivery. In addition, the areas of knowledge and practice covered in the identified factors were distributed and not available in one source. The identified factors are derived from personal interviews with selected project managers, project engineers, construction supervisors and the others from different positions in project department and from the relevant literature.