Construction Challenges in Remote Australian Locations

Abstract

The Australian construction industry has similar characteristics to many construction industries around the world. However, Australia's construction industry needs to service a country with a large percentage ofremote and isolated areas. These remote and isolated areas have recently seen major demand for construction works in a large part due to the current resources boom. Remote construction projects introduce many challenges not witnessed in urbanized locations. Therefore, this research aims to identify the main challenges facing Australian construction contractors in remote locations. Construction projects in general are complex and require a high degree of management. In remote areas this is seen as being intensified. Hence, this research sets out to highlight the contributing factors to the problem. It surveyed industry practitioners in relation to construction in remote areas. Likert and ranking scale methods were used in questionnaires with 75 returned. The results were analysed and discussed based on measuring collective participant response to the issues. The findings confirmed that there are major challenges associated with remote construction activity. Significant issues were found to reside within the areas of human resources, production, cost management, infrastructure and communications. Some reasoning of issues and courses of action were also offered. Remote construction activity within Australia is expected to further increase in coming years so it is hoped that the findings will be useful to industry practitioners. Whilst the research is based within the Australian construction industry the findings are thought to relate to other countries and industries facing similar challenges in the geographical context

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