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|Title: ||An investigation into the causes of uncompleted buildings in Uganda (Case study: Kampala City)|
|Authors: ||Otim, George|
|Keywords: ||Unfinished buildings|
|Issue Date: ||Oct-2009 |
|Abstract: ||Researchers have done a lot of invaluable works regarding the problems affecting the construction industry leaving the numerous uncompleted buildings distributed in countries around the world including Uganda with very little attention. Unfinished buildings lead to unsatisfied and stressed clients, sometimes loss of lives, may cause cancellations of phased credit, loss of market for manufacturers’ products, resources like land, labour and money are wasted; the investment objective cannot be achieved, government losses revenues and, the large amount of money sunk into the projects cannot be divested. It also renders people unemployed yet in Uganda the Construction industry is the second largest employer after Agriculture. This study was carried out in the five divisions of Kampala City to investigate the causes of uncompleted buildings and the associated costs and propose a possible solution that may help the different parties involved in building projects to successfully complete them. The study was done through: identification of uncompleted buildings in Kampala and categorising them by ownership; internal and external factors were conceptualised as the factors that affect construction projects and were investigated through the use of structured questionnaires, interviews and observations. The source of finance for construction, the different parties involved, their professional training, experience and the roles played were the areas studied to find out the causes of uncompleted buildings.
The findings from literature, secondary and primary data pointed out internal and external factors as being the major causes of uncompleted buildings in Uganda with internal factors being the leading causes. The research concluded that the leading 15 causes of uncompleted buildings that cut across the public and private sectors and individual owners (ranked) include but not limited to: misuse of funds, poor management, underestimates, loss of source of finance, inadequate supervision, lack of experience, site accidents, substandard works, loss of job, inflation, faulty/ incomplete designs, lack of feasibility study, lack of professional training, death of a party or personnel, sickness, and corruption. The research recommended that the client, being the employer should always clearly define the work, be prepared to pay for the services and ensure the right professionals with adequate training and experience are engaged right from the onset of the project. It has further recommended that planning and controlling of the entire process from inception through procurement and construction with adequate supervision and inspection by the responsible parties be the critical key areas which should receive maximum attention if buildings are to be successfully completed.|
|Description: ||A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering of Makerere University.|
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