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Securing client’s objectives throughout construction project life cycles

Special issue call for papers from Built Environment Project and Asset Management

Organisational decisions to commission a project are typically manifestations of client’s organisational needs and strategic visions, drivers and priorities. These decisions are critically influenced by the external environment as well as client’s enterprise level and asset return objectives, to ensure that their core strategic purposes are met. Despite formal and informal procedures to continuously articulate and define client’s organisational values and original vision to the project team, there are numerous other forces that could distort the development of a project over its lifecycle. Subsequent to completion and handover, clients must utilise the finished built assets to deliver their organisational goals and project aspirations.

Aiming to facilitate such transition, introduction of various schemes such as the Government Soft Landings in the United Kingdom has focused more attention recently on the development of technical and managerial tools to manage construction projects better via a more collaborative/integrated approach. These initiatives are based on the view that client’s organisational and project objectives are frequently compromised by performance of the project’s supply chain. Evidence suggests that the industry is not fully familiar with standardised procedures, which should be used to communicate client’s organisational and project information requirements - i.e. data and information required to secure client’s organisational goals and project objectives throughout the project lifecycle.

Furthermore, scholarly discussions on transitions or relationships between managing projects and assets are usually limited to the information flow from construction to asset management phase; hence, an emphasis should be placed on life cycle integration and administering project and asset information in a more structured manner. Regardless of the development of technicalities (for example: PAS 1192: Part 2,3 and 4) and procurement methods (such as Integrated Project Delivery®), and the advent of advanced and revolutionary technology, including open data exchange formats and cloud-based technologies, evidence suggests that traditional ad-hoc exchange mechanisms are still widely practiced, leading to data loss and inconsistency.  Recent attempts to enable the alignment of client’s organisational objectives throughout the project lifecycle are unfortunately limited to a few countries, including the United Kingdom.

To address the above gaps, this special issue aims to bring together research case studies and/or technical and management tools that have been developed to support the delivery of the project vision that will result in better management of the design and construction phases, as well as support the fulfilment of client’s organisational strategies and project aspirations during the asset management stage. This includes (but is not limited to) research that reviews and develops tools/techniques aiming at:

  • capturing and fully understanding client’s needs and requirements, project vision and organisational strategies
  • integrating the supply chain to work collaboratively including empowering clients to be proactively involved in the planning, design and construction stages
  • facilitating smooth information transfer/handover between project management and asset management teams, using appropriate frameworks, techniques and/or tools
  • better understanding of the impact of decision making during the design and construction towards the project vision and fulfilment of client’s organisational strategies during the asset management stages   

Information and Instructions for submissions:

The closing date for submission of manuscripts is 20 May 2016.  This special issue is scheduled to be published in mid-2017.  Author guidelines, including on formats and length limit, must be strictly followed and can be found on the journal web site at:
Submissions to Built Environment Project and Asset Management must necessarily be through Scholar-One Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

NOTE: Authors targeting this issue, should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Securing Clients’ Objectives throughout Construction Project Life cycles” in Step 5 (i.e. under ‘Details and Comments’) of the submission process - under the item: “Please select the issue you are submitting to”. Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere, while under review for this journal. The Guest Editors will conduct an initial review of submitted papers. Those judged suitable to be reviewed for this special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

Guest Editors

Dr. Chamila Dilhan Ramanayaka
Department of Construction Management, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia
Email: [email protected]

Associate Professor Monty Sutrisna
Head of the Department of Construction Management, School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia
Email: [email protected]