Modelling response building maintenance problems with a local authority

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 1993
Thesis identifier
  • T7549
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Department, School or Faculty
  • Over the past decade the traditional role of local government has been challenged and systematically dismantled by waves of legislation. The main thrust of the legislation being aimed at changing the traditional range of functions undertaken by local authorities, enforcing new working practices and methods of raising revenue. The changes have created a revolution which is currently shaking the foundations of local authorities and may continue well into this decade. An express intention of the legislation is to create and polarise. distinct Client (enabler) and Contractor (provider) functions and force both of these organisations outwith the protective umbrella of authorites into a fully competitive, commercial environment. The aim of this investigation is to expose the nature of response building maintenance problems within the current legislative framework and produce quantitative computer aided techniques and simulations which may assist client and contractor departments to more effectively manage the delivery of the repairs services in the future. We believe that it is necessary to clarify and quantify the contents of response maintenance and to attempt to ring fence this problematic element of building maintenance. Until this is achieved the disorder inherent within this repair category will drive the system, obscuring the potential for flexible packaging of functional works contracts. The techniques developed enable the scale of a variety of contracts to be estimated in terms of cost and manpower requirements. The fluctuating nature of response maintenance is identified and combined with variable target response times to highlight management problems created for contractors. Flexible working among trades is the subject of an analysis and the capacity to create flexible contracts in terms of size, based on individual trades or combination of trades is demonstrated. Finally the potential to introduce an inspection system is analysed. An inspection model is developed and tested within the response maintenance envelope.
Advisor / supervisor
  • Lawrie, Norman
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