Finding Leading Indicators to Prevent Premature Starts, and Assuring Uninterrupted Construction

RT-323 Topic Summary
RT 323

Overview

The main objective of RT-323 was to first define what is a premature start, determine what drives a premature start, understand what impacts occur as a result, and lastly, to investigate if there any leading indicators, or red flags, that could serve as early warning signs that the construction phase of a project is mobilizing prematurely.

Two research thrusts were carried out in order to develop both a qualitative and quantitative understanding of premature starts to construction. The first research thrust focused on identifying drivers, leading indicators, and impacts associated with premature starts through case studies and review of literature. The second research thrust focused at quantifying discoveries made in research thrust one by conducting a survey with respondents who represent the construction industry.

Implementation Resource (IR) 323-2, Premature Start Impact Analysis Tool: User Guide and Case Studies, provides a icrosoft Excel-based tool called the Premature Start Impact Analysis (PSIA), which was developed by the research team. The PSIA incorporates the research findings into an interactive tool that can be used in the industry by various members of a project team through all phases of construction. The primary purpose of the PSIA was to identify potential impacts based on leading indicators and drivers reported by the user. The tool then guides the user towards reference material and data compiled by RT-323, such as case studies and survey results.

IR323-2 includes the following tools:
  • Drivers, leading indicators and impacts of premature starts to construction
  • In-depth case studies of projects with premature starts
  • PSIA tool, user guide, deployment recommendations, and example applications

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Drivers, Leading Indicators, and Impacts of Premature Starts to Construction


 
Reference: (IR323-2)

2 : In-depth Case Studies of Projects with Premature Starts

The case studies vary in project scope, schedule, and budget. Project definition for these case studies include projects related to infrastructure development, government funded renovations, and oil and gas midstream facilities. Average baseline project cost for these case studies range from $208 million to $2.4 million (average: $64.2 million; median: $44.2 million).
(IR323-2, Appendix B, p. 37)
Reference: (IR323-2)

3 : PSIA Tool, User Guide, Deployment Recommendations, and Example Applications

RT-323 developed the PSIA tool to help industry professionals make informed decisions aboutstarting construction on a major project and how to identify risks associated with premature starts. The tool makes it easy to specify a small set of inputs and automatically generates a detailed report based on survey data, categories, definitions, and case studies compiled and qualified by the research team.
(IR323-2, p. 9)
Reference: (IR323-2)

4 : Implementation Tool #1

IR323-2, Premature Start Impact Analysis Tool: User Guide and Case Studies 

This tool guides the user toward material and data compiled by RT-323, including:
  1. Drivers, leading indicators and impacts of premature starts to construction
  2. In-depth case studies of projects with premature starts
  3. PSIA tool, user guide, deployment recommendations, and example applications
Reference: (IR323-2)

Key Performance Indicators

Improved cost, Improved schedule, Improved alignment

Research Publications

Premature Start Impact Analysis Tool - IR323-2

Publication Date: 11/2016 Type: Implementation Resource Pages: 82 Status: Tool

Identifying Drivers, Leading Indicators, and Impacts of Premature Starts to Construction: A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach - RR323-11

Publication Date: 10/2016 Type: Research Report Pages: 121 Status: Reference

Finding Leading Indicators to Prevent Premature Starts to Construction - RS323-1

Publication Date: 10/2016 Type: Research Summary Pages: 20 Status: Supporting Product


Supporting Resources

Presentations (CII Annual Conference & Workshops)

Plenary Session - Ready... Go... Set! Finding Leading Indicators to Prevent Premature Starts, Assuring Uninterrupted Construction

Publication Date: 08/2016 Presenter: Number of Slides: 15 Event Code: AC2016

Implementation Session - Ready... Go... Set! Finding Leading Indicators to Prevent Premature Starts, Assuring Uninterrupted Construction

Publication Date: 08/2016 Presenter: Number of Slides: 58 Event Code: AC2016


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