International Construction Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (ICSC) (5th : 2015)

Identifying influential factors for capital construction project planning strategies Safa, Mahdi; MacGillivray, Sandra; Davidson, Mike; Kaczmarczy, Kevin; Haas, Carl T.; Gibson, G. Edward


Construction companies devote significant resources to front end planning (FEP). The potential substantial benefits of the strategic implementation of FEP practices across an entire portfolio have made FEP evaluation an important issue for both project leaders and scholars. The primary objective of this study is the use of multiple regression analysis for the identification of factors for use in predicting the gaps in project definition and for evaluating the FEP. FEP data from 59 North American capital construction projects from the same industry segment have been examined in order to establish such indicators and to enable the monitoring of project resources throughout the project lifecycle. When employed as a proactive approach during FEP, the results of this analysis have the potential to guide project managers in their search for important potential project definition gaps, and to prioritize there definition efforts. Its contribution to the body of knowledge is a methodology for understanding how to focus project definition efforts most effectively.

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