Using PIPS to Minimize Causes of Delay in Saudi Arabian Construction Projects: University Case Study

Majed Alzara, Jacob Kashiwagi, Dean Kashiwagi, Abdulrahman Al-Tassan

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Saudi Arabia has been facing issues with completing construction projects on time and on budget. It has been documented that 70% of public construction projects are delayed. A case study was performed at a University campus in northern Saudi Arabia, identifying the major causes of project delays. The University was experiencing delays from 50% to 150%. The delay factors were gathered from the University Projects Director. The University's delay factors were then compared to delay factors experienced on Saudi construction projects, identified by performing a literature research. The comparison identified nine causes of delays that both studies documented. The study also proposes a solution to minimize the nine major delay factors. A literature research identified one construction management method, the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS), has documented multiple times its ability to improve project performance and minimize delays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-939
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, ICSDEC 2016 - Tempe, United States
Duration: May 18 2016May 20 2016


  • Saudi Arabia
  • best value
  • delay project causes and factors
  • performance information procurement system (PIPS)
  • public construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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