Investigation into why projects fail in heav-duty equipment organizations

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Several actors influence project failure in mining organisations and even construction firms. The cost of these failures can be exorbitant and stressful on these firms. These organisations are known to employ heavy-duty equipments in their operations. However, there are correlative patterns of project failure following the failure of these heavy-duty equipments. The poor performance and breakdown of these equipments have devastating repurcussions on any project. The purpose and aim of this study therefore was to make investigations why projects fail in heavy-duty mining organization. This aim was further delineated into three objectives: identifying the causes of failure of heavy-duty mining equipment on projects, finding out the effects of failure of heavy-duty mining equipment on projects organisations and finally determining the measures to put in place to desist from the failure of heavy-duty mining equipment on projects. Toward the realization of this aim, extant literature exploring the subject was reviewed in sufficient depth. The results obtained from the in-depth exploration of extant literature enabled the development of well-structure questionnaires. The quantitative research approach was employed for this study. And for sampling the population, the snowballing technique was adopted. The dependent variables were analysed using independent sample t-test, cross tabulation analysis and mean score analysis. This thesis serves as a guiding framework for stakeholders in mining and construction firms in managing these heavy-duty equipment to prevent the possibilities of project failure. Saturation and lack of visibility of projects were the primary cause and reason for failure of heavy-duty equipment respectively. Proper administering of equipment parts was discovered to be a major remedy to failure of heavy-duty equipment. This study recommends quality leadership and management, as well as proper equipment administration to stakeholders
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science.
Heavy-duty Equipment, Mining Organisation, Project failure