|Error begat error: Design error analysis and prevention in social infrastructure projects|
|Love PE, Lopez R, Edwards DJ, Goh YM. Accid. Anal. Prev. 2012; 48C: 100-110.|
|Affiliation: School of Built Environment, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia.|
|(Copyright © 2012, Elsevier Publishing)|
|Design errors contribute significantly to cost and schedule growth in social infrastructure projects and to engineering failures, which can result in accidents and loss of life. Despite considerable research that has addressed their error causation in construction projects they still remain prevalent. This paper identifies the underlying conditions that contribute to design errors in social infrastructure projects (e.g. hospitals, education, law and order type buildings). A systemic model of error causation is propagated and subsequently used to develop a learning framework for design error prevention. The research suggests that a multitude of strategies should be adopted in congruence to prevent design errors from occurring and so ensure that safety and project performance are ameliorated.