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An Approach for Ready Mixed Concrete Selection for Construction Companies through Analytic Hierarchy Process

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Author(s): Ashish H. Makwana 1 , Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda

Journal: International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology
ISSN 2231-5381

Volume: 4;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 2878;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: analytic hierarchy process (AHP) | comparisons | ready mixed concrete (RMC) | construction | site | growth | constraint | advantage

ABSTRACT
One of the most useful method for selecting a project that is becoming more and more important is the Analytic Hierarchy Process(AHP). This method was developed by Dr. Thomas L. Saaty in 1970s as a tool to help with solving technical and managerial problems. Ready Mix Concrete (RMC) industry is continuously growing all over the world and India is not an exception to it. The pace of mechanization in the past was very slow due to the availability of cheap and abundant labor, lack of capital investment and the highly fragmented nature of the construction sector. The Ready Mixed Concrete in India on commercial basis started in 1994 and has achieved about 2% conversion from the site-mixed concrete by the year 2001. It is heartening that the acceptability of Ready mixed concrete is increasing though at a slow pace. The entry of foreign firms and major Indian cement producers in this field are likely to provide the necessary boost to this industry in the future. The growth prospect of Ready-mixed concrete is enormous, provided requisite support is given by the regulatory authorities, consumers and decision makers. At the present, the cost differential between Ready-mixed concrete and site mixed concrete is proving a major constraint in its growth. This problem will be resolved with the increasing awareness about the advantages of RMC by the end consumers.
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