American Society of Civil Engineers


Contracting Strategy Decision Framework for Highway Maintenance


by Juan Chen, (Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Civil, Arch. & Env. Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C1752, Austin, TX 78712-0273. E-mail: juanchen@mail.utexas.edu) and Cindy L. Menches, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil, Arch. & Env. Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C1752, Austin, TX 78712-0273. E-mail: menches@mail.utexas.edu)
Section: Procurement, Contracting, and Legal Affairs, pp. 889-898, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/41109(373)89)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Construction Research Congress 2010: Innovation for Reshaping Construction Practice
Abstract: Billions of dollars are expended annually on maintenance outsourcing to preserve the existing highway network. Selection of the activities to be outsourced and the type of contracting strategy to implement primarily depend on the judgment of highway maintenance directors. While there are a large number of maintenance contracting strategies being used worldwide, maintenance directors often make their selections based on contracting practices they have used successfully in the past rather than by examining all possible methods and choosing an appropriate contracting strategy that meets specific selection criteria. In fact, there currently is no systematic method for choosing an appropriate maintenance contracting strategy. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge on the maintenance contracting selection process by summarizing 13 strategies being used worldwide to deliver maintenance services, identifying specific selection criteria that should be considered when making a decision, and presenting a decision framework that will aid highway maintenance personnel with the selection of effective maintenance contracting strategies.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Contracts
Highways and roads
Maintenance
Decision making