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The Effect Of Political Unrest On Construction Time For Food Grain Warehouses In Bangladesh

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



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Sustainability in Construction Engineering

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13.1222.1 - 13.1222.8



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Ifte Choudhury

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Ifte Choudhury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. Dr. Choudhury has extensive experience as a consulting architect working on projects funded by the World Bank. His areas of emphasis include housing, alternative technology, issues related to international construction, and construction education. He is also a Fulbright scholar.

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The effect of political unrest on construction time for food grain warehouses in Bangladesh


The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that effect actual construction time in the context of food sector projects in Bangladesh. One of the factors of particular interest is political unrest. The data for the study was obtained from a leading design and construction management company in Bangladesh. The sample size consisted of data for 104 food grain warehouse projects scattered all over the country. The effect of political unrest on construction time was analyzed in conjunction with other known variables of time overrun, such as increase in project cost and delay in procurement of construction materials. The results indicated that the effect local political unrest on construction time was statistically significant even in the presence project cost and procurement of materials variables. It was concluded that political unrest could be included in prediction models used for finding out actual construction time of food grain warehouse projects in Bangladesh. Based on these findings, a prediction model for construction time for such projects was developed.

Key words: Bangladesh Construction Industry, Construction Time, Construction Cost, Construction Materials, Food Grain Warehouses, International Construction, Political Unrest.

Statement of the Problem

Food grain warehouses

Bangladesh construction industry is growing steadily at a constant rate. Total construction expenditure of the country has increased from Tk. 100 billion in the early 1990’s to more than Tk. 200 billion in 2004. Figure 1 shows a projection of the country’s construction output as a percentage of GDP1. Most of the construction works are in the public sector. Funding for a high percentage of construction projects come from multilateral development agencies (MDA) like the World Bank or Asian Development Bank. For large MDA funded projects, the usual practice to go for international competitive bidding. Most public contracts are awarded on the basis of the lowest responsive tenders submitted by contractors. Local contractors are given a margin of preference to secure public sector tenders under MDA funding. One of the areas on which most of the multilateral development agencies emphasize is food security, which is also a major concern for the government of Bangladesh

Choudhury, I. (2008, June), The Effect Of Political Unrest On Construction Time For Food Grain Warehouses In Bangladesh Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3125

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