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Adewale , B. A. and Oluwatayo, A. A. and Uwakonye, O. and Ogunkoya, A.B. (2018) SHORTFALLS OF SPECIFICATION WRITING IN NIGERIAN ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE. International Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology, 9 (7). pp. 497-506. ISSN 0976-6308 and ISSN Online: 0976-6316

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Specification documents are vital documents of any construction contract and forms the backbone for the success of any project. However, despite its huge importance in construction projects, anecdotal evidence revealed that specification documents are seldom used in Nigeria. In Nigeria, the building sector pays less attention to specification due to some misconceptions. It is widely thought that except in very large projects with huge financial capability, the idea of specification is not useful to construction. Considering its prominence to construction documentation, specification documents are legal documents and may be valid documents in cases of legal tussles. For this reason, this paper investigates the shortfalls caused by legal, communication, formatting, technical and people management deficiencies, which are likely to reduce the efficiency of specification documents. The quantitative design approach was used for the research. A well-structured questionnaire was used to elicit response from randomly selected 15 professional architects from three of the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. It also provides suggestions on how these deficiencies can be remedied in order to reinstate the importance of specification writing in construction projects in Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architectural Practice, Nigeria, Prospects, Shortfalls, Specification.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Art
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 12:43
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 12:43

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