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Development of the Project Definition Rating Index for Small Industrial Projects

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Academic Document
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Aug 01, 2016
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Project teams expend substantial effort to develop scope definition during the front end planning phase of large, complex projects, but oftentimes neglect to sufficiently plan for small projects. An industry survey administered by the authors showed that small projects make up 70-90 percent (by count) of all projects in the industrial construction sector, the planning of these project varies greatly, and that a consistent definition of "small industrial project" did not exist. This research report summarizes the motivations and efforts of Construction Industry Institute (CII) Research Team 314 to develop a non-proprietary front end planning tool specifically for small industrial projects, namely the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) for Small Industrial Projects. The research team, reviewed, scrutinized and adapted an existing industrial-focused FEP tool, the PDRI for Industrial Projects, and other resources to develop a set of 41 specific elements relevant to the planning of small industrial projects. The authors hosted a series of five separate industry workshops where 65 industry professionals evaluated the element descriptions, and provided element prioritization data that was statistically analyzed and used to develop a corresponding weighted score sheet. The tool was tested on 54 completed and in-progress projects, the analysis of which showed that small industrial projects with greater scope definition (based on the tool's scoring scheme) outperformed projects with lesser scope definition regarding cost performance, schedule performance, change performance, financial performance, and customer satisfaction. Moreover, the research team found that users of the tool on in-progress projects overwhelmingly agreed that the tool added value to their projects in a timeframe and manner consistent with their needs, and that they would continue using the tool in the future. The research team also developed an index-based selection guide to aid PDRI users in choosing the appropriate tool for use on an industrial project based on distinguishing project size with indicators of project complexity.

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PDRI Tool for Small Industrial Projects
PDRI, Small Industrial Projects, Performance, Assessment, Communication, front end planning, rt314