ORIGINAL RESEARCH article

Front. Built Environ.
Sec. Construction Materials
doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2022.990680

The Recent Impacts of Change Orders on the Performance of Construction Projects in Saudi Arabia

  • 1Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Al Jouf University, Saudi Arabia
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The construction industry is one of the complex industrials that may have a lot of change orders to achieve the works. Change orders often occur in all or even some phases of the works, which has a significant impact on the success of the project and its completion on time or ultimately leads to an increase in the estimated cost of the project. Specifically looking for construction projects in Saudi Arabia, change orders are one of the most frequently common problems in these projects. The purpose of this study is to identify the impacts of change orders in construction projects in Saudi Arabia and to investigate the preventive solutions to mitigate these impacts. To achieve the stated objectives of this study, the most effects of change orders on construction projects, in general, were identified through a comprehensive literature review, then an analytical study was conducted on five varies construction projects in diverse universities in Saudi Arabia, and the impact of the change orders on these projects were determined. Following that the interviews were conducted with some experts in these projects. Finally, a survey was conducted by distributing questionnaires to the parties of related projects and the responses were analyzed by the Relative Index method (RI). A Triangulation Technique was used to improve the validity of the findings from the study by collecting data from the analytical study, the interviews, and the survey. The results of the research showed that the major impacts of change orders on construction projects in Saudi Arabia were found to be meeting the needs of the project, disputes among parties of the project, and developing the project specifications respectively. A set of preventive solutions were suggested to mitigate these impacts such as well Studying the project by all parties and coordinating between them before starting the project and the presence of a specialized consultant with experience in the project.

Keywords: Construction projects, Change orders, Cost overruns, Schedule delays, Time overruns

Received: 10 Jul 2022; Accepted: 19 Jul 2022.

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* Correspondence: Dr. Majed Alzara, Al Jouf University, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Sakakah, Saudi Arabia