PDRIx for Manufacturing & Life Sciences

RT-MLS-02 Topic Summary


Project Definition Rating Index (PDRIx) for Manufacturing & Life Sciences Projects is a scope definition tool developed specifically by the MLS sector. It is designed to help project teams with both a building and an industrial process inside the facility measure the degree of scope definition, identify gaps, and take appropriate actions to reduce risk during front end planning. PDRIx for MLS is a derivative of PDRI Industrial and PDRI for Buildings that follows the same recommended practices for conducting PDRI assessments, but has been updated to include current project delivery elements. The element list has been updated by this research team to address critical scope definition needs of capital projects that:

  • Involve manufacturing of products within a facility.
  • Include both process- and building- related design elements.
  • Follow a rigorous commissioning and qualification process in a highly regulated environment (e.g., FDA, EPA, FERC, USDA, OSHA).
  • Make extensive use of enterprise and control systems for business and process automation.
  • Adhere to strict environmental controls.

This summary provides an overview of the research and development of PDRIx for MLS. The research team identified several new elements to address critical scope definition needs of the MLS sector. The team updated PDRI–Industrial elements and added new ones to address technological, design, and project management innovations that have become industry standards since PDRI–Industrial was first published in 1995. Overall, PDRIx for MLS includes 83 elements, compared to 70 in PDRI–Industrial. The increased number of elements is primarily attributable to two new categories in Section II, Basis of Design:

  • Category H. Building Programming & Design Parameters
  • Category K. Enterprise & Control Systems

Overall, an analysis of 42 projects, representing more than $5.06 billion (USD) in total installed cost, shows that PDRIx for MLS provides project teams in the MLS sector with a more effective assessment tool to understand risk and help identify gaps in scope definition.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Modernization of Element Lists and Element Descriptions

PDRIx for MLS includes updated element descriptions and new elements to more specifically meet the needs of MLS facilities and to align with the most recent CII research publications and best practices.

Category N. Project Controls has been revised to align with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI) standards for project cost estimate classifications, cost control, and schedule control. A detailed list of element changes is provided in Appendix C of the final report.

Building Programming & Design Parameters

Many capital projects in the MLS sector are a mix of both industrial and building scope. Category H. Building Programming & Design Parameters has been added to assist projects in assessing building-related scope items.

Enterprise & Control Systems

Automation has become an integral part of many capital projects in the MLS sector. Category K. Enterprise & Control Systems has been added to assist project teams in conducting a thorough assessment of automated interfaces between enterprise and control systems. This category aligns with ANSI/ISA 95.01-2000 Enterprise – Control System Integration – Part 1: Models and Terminology.”

New elements include:

  • K.1 Measurement & Final Control Devices
  • K.2 Monitoring & Control Systems
  • K.3 Manufacturing Operations Systems
  • K.4 Business Planning & Logistics System

Project Execution Plan

Significant changes were made to the following elements in Category P. Project Execution Plan to reflect the needs of the MLS sector:

  • P.2 Owner Approval Requirements
  • P.3 Engineering & Construction Plan
  • P.5 Commissioning/Qualification/Validation Plan
  • P.6 Startup & Turnover Requirements
Reference: (FR-MLS-02)

2 : No Change in PDRI Methodology

PDRIx for MLS has the same format as the other PDRI tools. Organizations are encouraged to continue to follow CII recommended practices for PDRI implementation including:

  • Use a PDRI facilitator that is independent of the project team.
  • Apply PDRI during front end planning (PDRI 1, 2, 2i, and 3).
  • Use the same definition levels when assessing elements.
  • Score elements as "not applicable" when they are not applicable to the project.
  • Normalize.
  • Employ the same recommended score ranges for PDRI 1, 2, 2i, and 3.
  • Interpret PDRI scores the same way as you would the other templates.
Reference: (FR-MLS-02)

3 : Section Totals

In PDRIx for MLS, Section III – Execution Approach carries a significantly higher weight (223) compared to the parallel section in PDRI–Industrial (78), but it is in line with PDRI templates published since 2011. PDRI weighting workshops conducted since 2011 indicate the increased importance of a well-defined execution approach to achieving successful project outcomes.

Reference: (FR-MLS-02)

Key Performance Indicators

PDRIx for MLS Total Score, Improved cost performance, Improved schedule performance, Reduced change, More predictable cost and schedule outcomes

Research Publications

PDRIx: Project Definition Rating Index -- Manufacturing & Life Sciences - FR-MLS-02

Publication Date: 10/2018 Type: Final Report Pages: 99 Status: Tool

Presentations from CII Events

Session - PDRIx for MLS

Publication Date: 07/2018 Presenter: Number of Slides: 31 Event Code: AC2018