Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Scope Definition of Air Force Design and Construction Projects
by Dicks, Evan Penner, M.S., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2016, 58; 10246449
Abstract (Summary)

Industry practitioners and researchers recognize project scope definition as a factor of project success in terms of cost and schedule. The Construction Industry Institute developed the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) as a tool to aid in the effectiveness of scope development. The Air Force has adopted use of this tool, though has yet to validate its effectiveness empirically. The objective of this study is to provide that empirical validation by comparing the cost, schedule, and budget estimate performance metrics of Air Force military construction (MILCON) projects that used the PDRI against those that did not. Project data for 263 (100 PDRI and 163 non-PDRI) MILCON projects worth $3.9 Billion were analyzed. The projects that used the PDRI performed better on all three metrics, with statistically significant results on both cost and schedule growth. This study provides empirical evidence of how the use of formal scope definition tools can improve performance for Air Force MILCON projects. When compared to previous research, the study also contributes to a broader understanding of scope definition in the design and construction industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Molenaar, Keith
Commitee: Gibson, G. Edward, Goodrum, Paul, Morris, Matthew
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Civil Engineering
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Civil engineering
Keywords: Project definition rating index, Project management, Project planning, Scope definition
Publication Number: 10246449
ISBN: 9781369522891