Process approach in design of industrial megaprojects

Brent Robertson, Mario Beruvides

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Abstract

Industrial megaprojects may experience cost and schedule overruns in excess of 30% and 15% respectively. Given that these projects have budgets over $1,000,000,000 (some have budgets exceeding $10 billion dollars) and multi-year schedules, this represents a massive potential loss for owners and construction companies. Companies involved in megaprojects must rely on their business and field work processes to control the huge amount of work that takes place and to reduce the likelihood of major cost and schedule overruns. Quality Management philosophies such as ISO 9001 and Total Quality Management require a process approach to work activities. Rework is the biggest single contributor to overruns and the majority of rework originates in the Engineering phase. This paper discusses complexity, rework, and other factors that influence cost and schedule overruns, then identifies 22 processes that are critical to engineering design work on industrial megaprojects and briefly discusses their contribution to the completed design. It then looks at 11 commonly problematic design areas and identifies the design processes associated with each of the areas. The process approach is then examined to determine if it is suitable for addressing the problematic design areas and improving design quality. This analysis assists technical engineers, project engineers, and project managers efforts to reduce the severity of cost and schedule overruns.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2018
Subtitle of host publicationBridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Management
Pages751-760
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781510874640
StatePublished - 2018
Event39th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management: Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business, ASEM 2018 - Coeur d�Alene, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2018Oct 20 2018

Publication series

Name39th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2018: Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business

Conference

Conference39th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management: Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business, ASEM 2018
CountryUnited States
CityCoeur d�Alene
Period10/17/1810/20/18

Keywords

  • Design processes
  • Engineering design
  • Industrial megaproject
  • Process approach
  • Rework

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    Robertson, B., & Beruvides, M. (2018). Process approach in design of industrial megaprojects. In 39th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2018: Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business (pp. 751-760). (39th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2018: Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Business). American Society for Engineering Management.