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Web-Based Inception Decision Support System for Healthcare Construction Projects

Web-Based Inception Decision Support System for Healthcare Construction Projects
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Author(s): Alaa Abdou (United Arab Emirates University, UAE), John Lewis (University of Liverpool, UK)and Mohammad A. Radaideh (United Arab Emirates University, UAE)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch138
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Project appraisal or feasibility study is an important stage in any project life cycle. For a healthcare project, developing Space-Programming with its preliminary capital cost estimate is considered the most important task in its appraisal stage. Many options with a huge amount of information must be generated and analysed in a very short period. Due to the high degree of repetition of healthcare projects, the same types of risk factors are likely to occur in similar future projects. Assessing these risks and their impact on cost parameters, will lead to more accurate capital cost estimating for a facility. This paper describes a Decision Support System (DSS) conceptual proposal for the inception stage of healthcare project on the World Wide Web. The system’s main objectives focus on assisting decision-makers in the United Arab Emirates in reflecting risk factors associated with healthcare projects in their decisions while approving budgets. In addition, the system will assist in examining different space program alternatives with their associated capital budgets. The Internet is utilized as a mechanism for communicating and updating project data and cost information. This research will focus on highlighting the relation between the intentions and objectives of the system and the proposed strategy for its design and construction.

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