Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic Quarantine on Civil Engineers’ Performance and Projects’ Construction Delay

Authors: Kaywan Othman Ahmed1 & Shalaw Abdullah Saleh2 & Shuokr Qarani Aziz3 & Tave Simko Mohamed4 & Glena Nooraddin Sabir5
1Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tishk International University, Sulaimani, Iraq
2Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tishk International University, Sulaimani, Iraq
3Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq
4Independent Researcher, Sulaimani, Iraq
5Independent Researcher, Sulaimani, Iraq

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic quarantine affected several sectors and human activities, among them projects of construction and engineers’ performance. This study aimed to investigate how civil engineers dealt with quarantine conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected their work. The research was conducted in Sulaymaniyah City, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, via an online questionnaire for those who work at the site and offices. Data were collected in December 2020 from 150 engineers using Google Forms. Apart from demographics, questions were asked about the effect of COVID-19 on office engineers, the long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil engineering and project construction, and construction delays. Results revealed that engineers working in the field had a greater ability to create social distance in their workplace. Moreover, compared to the government sector and office engineers, more field engineers working in the private sector believed that they might lose their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic totally influenced on project construction delays and civil engineers’ performance. One-third of those interviewed think that “teleworking” can be completely replaced by working in an office or field.

Keywords: Civil Engineers, Construction, COVID-19, Lockdown, Projects, Sulaimaniyah

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Doi: 10.23918/eajse.v8i1p168

Published: June 26, 2022

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