Introduction to the problem
Civil engineering research
The construction industry plays an essential role in ensuring the success of a nation. This industry helps in the attainment of stable economic growth as well as assisting in improving the GDP of a given country. Among the various accomplishments, improved civil engineering sector helps them in distinguishing between a developed, developing and underdeveloped economy. In that regard, since this serves as a reasonably sensitive industry, there requires the application of methods that may help in boosting the sector as well as overcoming the various challenges that may arise and affect the economic position of the given nation. Providing affordable training to practitioners in this sector serves as one of the most effective methods that require implementation in this field. This application may help in improving the knowledge among practitioners in this field as well as improving the measures that the community may handle the arising problems in this field. Other methods such as the application of technological tools as well as investing in high-quality products may also help in improving service delivery in the civil engineering sector. The failure to implement some of these approaches may result in increased issues among the industry which may significantly influence service delivery as well as the economic status of the respective nation.
There is a problem in the civil engineering construction industry projects in Nigeria concerning time-critical materiel deliveries (Naoum & Egbu, 2016). These material delivery delays result in $12.9B of lost revenue annually and result in project cost overruns affecting 33% of projects annually (Chen et al., 2015). Despite basic credentialed training for project managers and published research and guidelines on procurement, losses continue (Pasquire, Sarhan, & King, 2015). This problem negatively impacts the governments and taxpayers because of financial injuries of revenue result in lost opportunities (Leite et al., 2016). A possible cause of this problem is the lack of comprehensive and usable applied knowledge about procurement and procurement routes available to the construction industry (Malalgoda et al., 2016). Perhaps a study which investigates the material procurement and delivery risk mitigation and project manager awareness of training by a qualitative method could remedy the situation.
Purpose of the study
This research aims at evaluating the impact of the government and other stakeholders neglecting the civil engineering industry. The research also aims at pointing out how the failure to apply the most appropriate material delivery tools and skills in the construction industry may influence service delivery and thus result in a declined economy. Through the analysis of the typical findings of this study, one will learn how the failure to apply modern and reliable means of production within this sector may result in unpredicted shortcomings within the industry. Later, the research will propose the most appropriate and effective method that the government of Nigeria and other involved stakeholders within the civil engineering department may need to apply to mitigate the risks that may arise within the industry.
Every research requires the researcher to formulate research questions that may help in increasing their knowledge about the topic at hand. The formulation of valid research questions helps the researcher to obtain accurate data that may help in making a logical conclusion about the involved topic. In this research, the concerned interviewer will refrain from engaging the selected subjects with biased and sensitive questions that may negatively influence the investigation. In that case, the researcher will choose five items that will help in increasing their knowledge about the situation in hand. Some of the questions involved in this research include;
The application of affordable and technological methods of service delivery in the civil engineering sector may help in improving the quality of service rendered by practitioners in this industry thus increasing the stability of the involved construction project.
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