American Society of Civil Engineers

Causes of Delay in the Construction Industry

by John R. Baldwin, (Instructor in Mathematics and Comp. Sci., Mercyhurst Coll., Erie, PA; Vice Pres., Baldwin Brothers, Inc., Erie, PA), James M. Manthei, A.M.ASCE, (Civ. Engr., Joseph P. Jansen Co., Milwaukee, WI), Harold Rothbart, M.ASCE, (Asst. City Admin. for Envir. Engrg., Ann Arbor, MI), and Robert B. Harris, F.ASCE, (Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)

Journal of the Construction Division and Management
, Vol. 97, No. 2, November 1971, pp. 177-187

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Document type: Journal Paper
Discussion: by Harry D. Lovering    (See full record)
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Abstract: The results obtained from a nationwide survey of architects, engineers, and contractors into the causes of construction industry delays are presented. Seventeen items were examined: weather; labor supply; material shortage; equipment failure; finances; manufactured items; construction mistakes; design changes; foundation conditions; permits; shop drawings; sample approvals; building codes; subcontractors; contracts; jurisdictional disputes; and inspections. Those found to be most important are described in an effort to suggest ways to reduce costly delays.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Consulting services
Delay time
Surveys (non-geomatic)