Welcome to Volume 2, Issue 2. Though late in release, you will find it is well worth the delay because of the determination to publish quality articles to the research community and industry.
Two contemporary themes are covered in this issue, procurement and building information management (BIM). Ameyaw, Sarfo and Osei-Tutu look at the implementation challenges of the Public Procurement Law (Act 663) in Ghana. Their study found that there is a high inclination towards less competitive procurement methods for goods, works and service contracts in Ghana, which is in contrast to the requirements of the Public Procurement Law. They attribute this mainly to the low capacity of procurement professionals, low interaction between procurement entities and the Public Procurement Agency, and other procedural irregularities along the procurement supply chain. Ameyaw et al recommend immediate reforms to current practices to restore the integrity of the procurement process because these have dire consequences on Ghana’s economy.
Tran, Tookey and Roberti present a position paper on the development of a Kiwi-oriented knowledge base on BIM. They suggest that this knowledge base could build on existing research initiatives undertaken severally by major research institutions in New Zealand. Van et al identify gaps in these initiatives around BIM-based construction management research, streamlining of BIM and BIM-based facility management research. They posit that these pose complex ‘hairy’ problems to BIM implementation, which would need to be shaved. They recommend a much more cohesive research focus on construction projects management processes including procurement, contract and information management, as well as post-construction aspects like facility management.
I hope you will find both papers a good read. Once again feel free to send in any suggestion that could improve our activity.
I wish to invite you to submit your manuscripts for consideration in subsequent issues of the journal. I promise a quick turnover with constructive reviews from a pool of seasoned academics.
James O.B. Rotimi PhD
The purpose of this study was to identify various implementation bottlenecks to the Ghana Public Procurement Law 2003 (Act 663).
This paper reviews and analyses issues relating to the uptake of BIM in the NZ construction industry. There have been few BIM applications in NZ; in particular, in post-construction phases like facilities management, there is none.