American Journal of Applied Sciences

The Contractor Perception Towers Industrialised Building System Risk in Construction Projects in Malaysia

Salihudin Hassim, Mohd Saleh Jaafar and Saiful Azri Abu Hasan Sazalli

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2009.937.942

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 5

Pages 937-942


The use of IBS (Industrialised Building System) has attracted a lot of countries like Singapore, Sweden, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. This system can replace the conventional building system which is labour oriented. However, since the first project of IBS in year 1964 till today, IBS in Malaysia is not well accepted by the construction parties because of failure to adequately deal with risks in the IBS projects. To address this matter, this study had identified the risks faced by contractor in IBS construction projects. The risk identification techniques used were brainstorming, analysis of journal and conference papers and discussion with practitioners and data were collected by a questionnaire survey on contractors. It was found that there are twelve major risks in construction using IBS which are; acts of God, change in work and defective design, changes in government regulation, contractor competence, delayed payment and resolving contractual issues, financial failure-any party, labour and equipment productivity, labour, equipment and material availability, quality of work, safety, site access/right of way and suppliers/manufacturers poor performance. Therefore, it is hoped that the finding of this research could assist Malaysian contractors in making risk management planning besides improving decisions making to achieve project.


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