AHP- and simulation-based budget determination procedure for public building construction projects

Yu Ting Lai, Wei Chih Wang, Han Hsiang Wang

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Public construction project budgets account for a high percentage of annual government budgets. Thus, objectively determining project budgets is of priority concern for effectively allocating these budgets by government officers. However, Taiwanese regulations for setting construction project budgets only qualitatively describe the governmental administration process. Without a systematic quantitative method, government officers typically determine project budgets based on their personal experience; thus, budgeting results can be unreliable. This study presents a novel procedure for determining construction project budgets. The proposed procedure integrates an analytical hierarchy process (AHP)-based multi-criteria evaluation model with a simulation-based cost model. The AHP reflects officer evaluations with respect to budget determination criteria. Cost items are variables. The cost model generates a cumulative cost distribution for establishing project budget boundaries. The merits of the proposed procedure are demonstrated through its application to a Taiwanese project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-632
Number of pages10
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Analytical hierarchy process
  • Budget
  • Cost
  • Public building construction project
  • Simulation


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