Is the Owner's Construction Contingency Impacted by the Maturity and Accuracy of Front End Engineering Design (FEED)?

Abdulrahman Yussef, G. Edward Gibson, Mounir El Asmar

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Abstract

A project owner's construction contingency is often an amount of funding added to a cost estimate to cover a certain degree of risk or uncertainty. As the name indicates, the owner contingency is controlled by the owner and included in the owner's project budget. The hypothesis of this study is that the understanding of the maturity and accuracy of front end engineering design (FEED), which is a critical component of front end planning (FEP), would lead a project team to set a better-informed contingency percentage for their project. The levels of FEED maturity and accuracy affect the owner's ability to make informed and reliable decisions, including cost predictions. Currently, due to the lack of a consistent understanding of FEED maturity and accuracy, contingency values used for a project may not necessarily be correlated with the project's FEED maturity and accuracy levels. This paper presents the analysis of owner's contingency versus FEED maturity and accuracy, for the first time, in the large industrial construction sector. The research presented in this paper follows a scientific research method that included a literature review, data collection workshops, and statistical analysis of contingency data. One major finding shows the levels of FEED maturity and accuracy did not impact the level of contingency assigned on projects. This result, combined with earlier findings that FEED maturity and accuracy are significantly impacting cost growth, and other key performance metrics, shows there is considerable room for improvement. Owners can start using FEED maturity and accuracy scores as part of the indicators when assigning contingency for projects.

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)
Pages143-152
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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