Dr. Ahmed Helmy Mohamed

Lean Construction as an Innovative

Approach for Minimising Risk

in Mega-Construction projects

 

The past two decades have witnessed a rapid increase in construction projects within developing countries in the Middle Eastern Gulf region. This coincides with the governments’ announcements regarding substantially increased spending on the improvement of infrastructure. Despite this increase, construction companies still face many challenges, including completing projects on time and within budgets, thus promoting a negative image of the industry in that region. The negative impact of the aforementioned challenges has been confirmed through (1) data collected from documents concerning completed construction projects in which the researcher has been professionally involved; (2) the reseacher’s experience in the field of construction project management in the Middle East and risk management in particular; and (3) extensive study of the literature in this domain. This has identified a set of the most common problems associated with construction projects in one of the Gulf Area countries - the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) - and has led to them being categorised into three individual risk types, namely Construction Waste; Delayed Schedule; and Project Over Budget.

Dr. Ahmed Helmy  is the Director and Founder of Integrated Solutions Consultancy base in the UK. His specialities include PM Support Services, Value Engineering, Claims Management, Building Information Modeling, Risk Management and Lean Construction.

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