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|Title||Improving the classification system of consulting firms in Gaza Strip|
|Title in Arabic||تحسين نظام تصنيف المكاتب و الشركات الهندسية في قطاع غزة|
Classification of engineering firms is not a routine or an automatic approval, nor is it simply an additional bureaucracy and paperwork. It's an important step to create a professional record and statistical which documenting professionalism and expertise level of the engineering offices and consulting firms. Classification is an essential process in developing the construction industry in any country. In the classification process, the clients would save the time and efforts by selecting competent firms to implement their projects upon their requirements. Most of the construction implementing agencies in Gaza Strip depend on the classification system issued by the Association of Engineering Offices And Engineering Consulting Firms (AEOF). Some agencies adopt specific levels of classification, other has a short list classification of firms. This study aims at investigating the current classification system issued by (AEOF) in Gaza Strip. The investigation process comprises studying the current classification system: classification criteria, classification levels and technical specializations. The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to propose a modified classification system based on assign weights to the main influencing criteria of the classification. This research has been conducted through literature review of the topics related to classification process, followed by a field survey. The field survey consisted of conductive a questionnaire study to collect data by conducting meetings and interviews with of the (AEOF) and other relevant organizations in Gaza Strip. Modification of the questionnaire was fasted through pilot study, where expert engineer were interviewed. The purpose of the pilot study was to test and prove that the questionnaire questions are clear to be answered in a way that help to achieve the required objectives of the study. One hundred and sixty eight questionnaires were distributed and seventy two questionnaires were received. The results indicated that the (AEOF) classification is significant for most of the implementing agencies in Gaza Strip. The results indicated the importance of involvement of outside members such as an independent member from the syndicate or an observer member from governmental agencies in association’s board of directors. Based on AHP, it was found that the total previous implemented projects of the office with weight 45% is the most important criterion with respect to its weight. Moreover, the experience of the offices’ staff obtained a reasonable weight of 35%. On the other hand fixed term staff in office/company has a satisfactory weight equals 15%. Finally, resource and logistic of the office obtained a reasonable weight of 5%. The study also showed that AHP approach is an effective and flexible tool to determine the weights of classification criteria as well as the selection of the suitable firm.
|Publisher||الجامعة الإسلامية - غزة|
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