Modeling A Multi-Criteria Decision Support System for Prequalification Assessment of Construction Contractors Using CRITIC and EDAS Models
Contractor prequalification assessment in the construction industry is an essential part of the project development process because contractors play a pivotal role in the extension of projects and resources. The main objective of the present study is comprised prequalification assessment for classifying contractors by applied the EDAS method for recognizing the contractors' potential before competitive tendering and obtaining bids. First, an inclusive, detailed list of 56 sub-factors under 5 main factors for project prequalification was compiled following a thorough literature review, and review of contractors by experts of Bandar Imam Khomeini municipality who already have done projects with contractors. Second, used the CRITIC method for obtained the weighing and importance of each factor. Third, classified the contractors by applied the EDAS system for recognizing the contractors' potential before competitive tendering and obtaining bids. Finally, the prequalification assessment process was developed to obtaining the rank of each contractor and help the stakeholders to select the right contractors. The effectiveness of the present approach was tested by applying it to a case study of the prequalification assessment of four construction companies' in Bandar Imam Khomeini municipality, Khuzestan, Iran. It is worth mentioning that the prequalification assessment by the proposed approach is approved by the project stakeholders and is consistent with their expectations. It can be concluded that based on relevant ranking and weighing of companies that procedure can be extended to the same studies in this regard, and the contribution of the present study is to propose a support system for prequalification and identification of contractors' ability, before assigning projects to companies for success in projects.
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