Matters Affecting Construction Project-Level Planning Effectiveness: A Literature Review

Musselwhite, Daniel, Gledson, Barry and Greenwood, David (2021) Matters Affecting Construction Project-Level Planning Effectiveness: A Literature Review. In: Proceedings of the 37th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-7 September 2021. Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Leeds, pp. 542-551. ISBN 9780995546356

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Construction project success is often measured based on the adherence to time; cost and quality targets; with Clients and Contractors constantly seeking improvements across these metrics. However, the time predictability of construction projects remains poor; with annually measured ‘industry-level’ KPIs showing no signs of significant improvement. Access to technological advancements, such as 4D modelling; Artificial Intelligence (AI); and more recently the renewed interest in Off-Site Manufacture (OSM) has indicated opportunities to improve time-predictability; but overall ‘industry-level’ time performance remains unsatisfactory. As an aspect of time-predictability; insufficient attention is presently focused on exploring ‘planning effectiveness’; therefore, the main aim of this work was to review time-predictability and project planning effectiveness at ‘project-’ and ‘activity-’ levels via an initial review of subject literature. Following this; a conceptual framework was developed highlighting the key aspects associated withplanning effectiveness. These include project environment matters such as complexity and uncertainty; human/cognitive matters such as optimism bias and Parkinson’s Law; and the application of available planning techniques or technologies such as CriticalPath Method; Last Planner System; Critical Chain Planning; AI and 4D modelling. Whilst ‘alternative’ planning techniques have shown the potential to improve time-performance; research identifies industry awareness and application of these techniques remains low. As a result of this work, it is considered that planning effectiveness and time predictability can be improved by increasing industry awareness of the constructs identified herein; allowing for the subsequent adoption of available and emerging planning techniques and/or technologies. Subsequent research will explore this; in practice at activity-level; with data obtained from a range of construction schemes to model improvements.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Planning effectiveness, Time predictability, Hit-rates, Time performance
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2023 11:25
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 16:30

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