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Integrated cost and schedule control

Hong Kong perspective

Integrated cost and schedule control (C/S) was introduced in the United States more than a quarter of a century ago. However, traditional separated cost and schedule control is still one of the conspicuous problems in the Hong Kong construction industry. This paper evaluates the feasibility of applying C/S in Hong Kong. A detailed analysis indicates differing perceptions among clients, consultants, and contractors regarding individual factors causing the unsatisfactory development of C/S. Lack of relevant knowledge, the perception that the use of C/S will inevitably increase staff requirements and project overhead, the contractor's internal resistance, and the high land price/low construction cost ratio are all major reasons for the lack of popularity of C/S in Hong Kong.
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