Establishing Descriptions of Building Work in UK

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Establishing Descriptions of Building Work in UK. / Hussey, Henry John; Thurairajah, Niraj; Ginige, Kanchana; Goulding, Jack.

Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds, UK.. ed. / Chris Gorse; Christopher Neilson. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2019. p. 283-292.

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Harvard

Hussey, HJ, Thurairajah, N, Ginige, K & Goulding, J 2019, Establishing Descriptions of Building Work in UK. in C Gorse & C Neilson (eds), Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds, UK.. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), pp. 283-292, ARCOM 2019: 35th Annual Conference – Leeds, UK, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2/09/19.

APA

Hussey, H. J., Thurairajah, N., Ginige, K., & Goulding, J. (2019). Establishing Descriptions of Building Work in UK. In C. Gorse, & C. Neilson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds, UK. (pp. 283-292). Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).

Vancouver

Hussey HJ, Thurairajah N, Ginige K, Goulding J. Establishing Descriptions of Building Work in UK. In Gorse C, Neilson C, editors, Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds, UK.. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM). 2019. p. 283-292

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Hussey, Henry John ; Thurairajah, Niraj ; Ginige, Kanchana ; Goulding, Jack. / Establishing Descriptions of Building Work in UK. Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds, UK.. editor / Chris Gorse ; Christopher Neilson. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2019. pp. 283-292

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