Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Second Advisor

Dr. L. Jawahar Nesan

Third Advisor

Dr. Steve Butt

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The project delivery systems applicable to the construction industry in the U.S. consist of different approaches. This study focuses on three main approaches, (1) Design-Bid-Build (DBB), (2) Design-Build (DB), and (3) Construction Management (CM). Since each construction project is unique, selecting the right project delivery system is a tough decision.

This study develops a decision making system, based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), for selecting the best delivery system for a given construction project. AHP is a decision making mathematical model developed by Thomas L. Saaty and consists of a hierarchical structure. It analyzes several alternatives for a given problem and develops priorities in ratio scales.

This thesis highlights the different applications of AHP. It also discusses the automation of AHP decision generations, using the decision support software program, Expert Choice. Finally, the thesis discusses a model that was developed to choose the best delivery system using AHP and Expert Choice.