Defining Small Projects in Developing the PDRI for Small Infrastructure Projects

Rebekah Burke, Kristen Parrish, Edd Gibson

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Abstract

The Construction Industry Institute's (CII) Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) effectively enables front-end project planning for large complex projects by providing a structured planning process for use during the front end planning phase of a project. The PDRI quantitatively scopes (scores) the level of project definition, and correlates the level of scope definition to typical project success factors so that project stakeholders can determine whether to move a project forward into design and construction. In 2015, CII initiated a research team tasked with developing a PDRI for small infrastructure projects to support front end planning efforts for this common project type. This paper presents the first step in that research effort, determining the definition of a small infrastructure project. The authors hosted focus groups and disseminated a targeted online survey to determine what constitutes a small infrastructure project. The authors found that practitioners separate small projects from large based on the complexity of the project; thus, this paper presents the primary factors and their associated breakpoints (i.e., total installed cost and engineering hours) and contributing factors (i.e., construction duration, core team numbers, and availability) that determine complexity on infrastructure projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages159-167
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Burke, R., Parrish, K., & Gibson, E. (2016). Defining Small Projects in Developing the PDRI for Small Infrastructure Projects. In Construction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016 (pp. 159-167). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.017