A Forensic Evaluation of Projects in Afghanistan Using the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI)

Sefatullah Mohammady, G. Edward Gibson

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Abstract

This paper describes a research investigation that retroactively examined front end planning (FEP) by studying fifteen completed military facilities, building projects constructed for the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Afghanistan by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); these projects represented expenditures of approximately 180 M and were contracted between 2009 to 2015. The investigation collected and analyzed performance information for the projects using a survey questionnaire, follow-up interviews, and a thorough review of the contract documents that established project scope. The study showed that no project was completed on schedule, with changes ranging from +11 percent to +176 percent, averaging 67 percent delay versus original schedule. Cost performance for the projects ranged between 0 to +37 percent with an average cost increase of 12 percent. Results showed that 67 percent of projects reported scope changes, 47 percent encountered differing site conditions, and 40 percent of projects had security issues among others. A forensic PDRI (project definition rating index) evaluation was also performed on the worst performing projects to investigate if the identified problems could have been addressed in front end planning (FEP) for similar types of projects in similar scenarios. In retrospect, many of these problems, such as lack of geotechnical and site investigations, security issues, long lead procurement, labor issues, and so forth could have been addressed through mitigation action during FEP as mapped using the PDRI. At a minimum, contingency could have been set aside to handle unknowns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProject Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020
EditorsDavid Grau, Pingbo Tang, Mounir El Asmar
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages181-190
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482889
StatePublished - 2020
EventConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts - Tempe, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2020Mar 10 2020

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts
CountryUnited States
CityTempe
Period3/8/203/10/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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