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Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law

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ISSN: 1751-4304
E-ISSN: 1751-4312

Management, Procurement and Law publishes papers on all aspects of the management, procurement and legal aspects of running construction projects.

Topics covered: procurement strategies and contractual arrangements, managing the planning and design processes, and managing the construction phase. Particular emphasis is placed on issues such as quality, value, risk, environment and safety. Management papers cover areas relevant to the management of construction businesses, such as information technology, knowledge management, introduction of new practices and procedures, relationship management and staff recruitment, development and training.

  • - To publish in the journal is free. Papers appear Ahead of Print (below) as soon as they are ready to be published. Ahead of print articles are fully citable using the DOI system.



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  • Improving decision-making for major urban rail projects
    Author(s): Roger James Allport
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  • This paper considers how ‘metros’ – projects that carry a mass ridership rapidly should be developed to deliver predictable success. These projects are particularly important because large cities that are not poor often turn to metros as the centre-piece of their sustainable development and because of their high opportunity cost. Yet often they do not deliver success and then confidence is undermined. The author, having spent his career developing metro projects in Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bogotá, Lahore, Budapest, China, London and Nottingham, became convinced that this was a major problem. Research was undertaken to identify what could be done to improve things – not theoretically but practically. This paper summarises the findings of the author’s PhD thesis of the same title. The research was based on case studies of nine newly-opened metros in Asia and the UK. An understanding was developed that appeared to explain the causes of poor success. Practical approaches were developed and a change agenda formulated that could improve success. This agenda appears to provide a resource for effecting improvements that is richer and more comprehensive than previous approaches.
  • A model to manage the water industry supply chain effectively
    Author(s): Neil MacKenzie; Barry Tuckwood
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  • The water industry is capital intensive and dependent on complex supply networks in the delivery of service characteristics, making procurement a critical activity. This paper rejects ‘the lowest bid’ form of procurement of the past and advocates the total cost and strategic relationship management procurement of the future. The authors develop arguments for more effective procurement leading to real cost reduction and service enhancement on a sustainable basis. This requires a range of strategic activities from the approach to the acquisition of major capital goods and associated services through to the management of relationships with contractors, suppliers and supply chains. The paper considers the differing procurement practices in Europe, Australia and the USA, and how, in comparison, equivalent practices result in higher costs in the UK than elsewhere. From this they propose a model for best practice procurement in the utilities industries and a step-by-step set of actions for improving performance. The proposed model begins with a strategic appraisal of procurement activity across an organisation focusing on overall objectives and desired outcomes leading to an effective operating model including the end-to-end management of the supply chain and the policy, resources and enabling technology required for successful delivery.
  • ‘New Water Architecture’: an integrated water management model
    Author(s): Michael Norton; Alexander Lane
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  • An integrated framework for the management of water in England and Wales is proposed that optimises the organisation of service infrastructure, customers and stakeholders to derive optimal social, economic and environmental health. ‘New Water Architecture’ recognises the intrinsic links between water stakeholders, and between water and other essential resources, particularly food, energy and biodiversity. A systems-based approach strengthens integration of physical infrastructure, controlling institutions, and the overarching society consensus. Consideration is also given to future pressures with resilience to climate change strengthened by initiatives that slow water passage across the landscape. Implementation of the framework requires coordinated water policy across traditionally discrete resource sectors. This need is investigated alongside specific initiatives related to system management, abstraction licensing and pricing. Capital investment should be targeted towards ‘low-regret’ infrastructure argued to be high flow storage, aquifer storage and recovery, sustainable drainage systems and water transfers. These examples deliver multiple benefits and can be further optimised if existing networks, particularly inland waterways, are revitalised to enable regional integration of water sources.
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  • The water funding gap in Ireland
    Author(s): Kevin Murray
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  • The delivery of public water services in Ireland has faced a funding gap in recent years, primarily through the impact of the economic crisis but also through the impact of the pricing policy on the various stakeholders. This funding gap has left the customer without a sense of ownership and responsibility; the supply chain vulnerable to investment troughs; an underdeveloped regulatory environment; and a fragmented array of water service local authorities. The arrival of the EU/IMF bailout mechanism for Ireland in November 2010 provides the context for a new funding model for Ireland that better meets the challenges of a national water service in the twenty-first century. However, this demands that the lessons are learnt from the existing model and that the new funding mechanisms do not build in costs through the adoption of expedient policies – a lesson with international relevance. The new funding model also provides an opportunity to address the intrinsic value of water through the adoption of realistic abstraction charges to fund catchment management and natural water environment.
  • Integrating human rights into water governance
    Author(s): Hilary J. Grimes
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  • Frequent talk of a ‘water crisis’ has prompted the water resources sector to move its focus away from improving the physical infrastructure in developing countries and towards the strengthening of water governance, in the belief that the ‘crisis’ is one of governance rather than simply the physical scarcity of water. Although this is still the case with regard to domestic water supply, water scarcity is now also a matter of concern in many developing countries in terms of food production. This paper argues that many water governance reforms have focused on the process of governance itself, without adequate definition of the end goal of the reforms or the responsibilities that governments have towards their people when facing water scarcity. The paper discusses how human rights concepts can be used to define clear end goals for water governance reforms and presents a framework using positive aspects from both water governance and human rights. After discussing the application of the framework to a case study, the paper concludes that such a framework can assist governments in planning, implementing and monitoring the measures necessary to address the critical issues that affect their communities’ access to water for essential uses.
  • Polycentric governance: water management in South Africa
    Author(s): Mike Muller
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  • Water resource management is poorly understood and defined since the characteristics of water resources and their use are locally specific and differ widely from place to place. Beyond that, water as a renewable natural resource does not fall into conventional analytical paradigms. It is an input to many economic activities but also an integral part of the natural environment with important social and cultural dimensions. It has proven difficult to provide an analytical definition of the resource, for legal and management purposes. Recent economic literature, notably the writings of Professor Elinor Ostrom, offer a helpful framework. Her suggestion that water resources should be seen as a ‘common-pool resource’, best managed under ‘common-property regimes’ in ‘polycentric governance systems’ is helpful, if apparently abstract. The reform of South African water law and management arrangements since 1994 illustrates many of the underlying issues and provides a practical example of Ostrom’s approach. The challenges of implementation highlight the importance of understanding the analytical concepts in their full context as failure to do so can undermine their usefulness and effectiveness as practical management tools. South Africa’s implementation experience reinforces Ostrom’s warnings against seeking single optimal solutions for the complex challenge of water resource management.
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