Construction Readiness Assessment for Productivity Improvement

RT-DCC-02 Topic Summary
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Overview

Due to the competitive nature of the construction market and the omnipresent pressures of time and money on large-scale projects, project teams often launch into construction without taking time to adequately assess their construction readiness. As such, this research aims to quantitatively determine what qualifies a project as “construction-ready” while assisting project teams to improve and sustain the readiness level of their projects.

To this end, RT-DCC-02 derived 228 readiness factors from members’ industry expertise, the extant body of literature concerning construction readiness, and the current state of the practice in terms of construction readiness. These factors were divided into 15 categories, including Project Team, Engineering, Planning, and Stakeholder Management. Once the factors were identified, a comprehensive survey was developed which collected data from 80 projects: 41 Construction-Ready (CR) projects, and 39 Construction-Not-Ready (CNR) projects.

Using the collected data, the team developed mathematical and statistical models to weight each factor, highlighting the factors that differentiate CR from CNR projects. From these weights, the Construction Readiness Score (CRS) is computed, which is a single unified metric that can be used to assess the readiness level of a project as a percentage. Furthermore, the collected data was used to benchmark the CRS to classify future projects as CR, Borderline, and CNR, and the performance differences between CR and CNR projects were investigated to quantify the impact of achieving – and sustaining – a readiness status throughout the project.

All of the research findings were incorporated into the Construction Readiness Assessment (CRA) Tool. RT-DCC-02 developed this computer-based tool to integrate the findings of its research into the workflow of industry professionals and to assist them in controlling construction readiness. The CRA tool is built in Microsoft Excel-Visual Basic for Applications. The tool uses the weights of the 228 factors to compute a unified project readiness score, and subsequently compares that score to both the benchmarks identified in this research and user-defined project goals. The CRA tool further identifies leverage areas in which improvement can be made to increase or maintain construction readiness. Repeated use of the tool during the planning and construction phases of a project permits projects to be tracked as they progress toward construction readiness.

The CRA tool was used on 10 projects, 100% of which reported that the tool was:

  • Valuable in assessing construction readiness
  • Valuable in enhancing construction readiness
  • Potentially able to improve project performance
  • User-friendly

More importantly, 100% of the testers reported that they plan to use the tool on their future projects.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Developing and Weighting Readiness Factors

RT-DCC-02 derived 228 construction readiness factors spanning 15 categories. Using data collected from 80 projects, the readiness factors were weighted. A higher weight indicates a higher contribution in differentiating CR from CNR projects.

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2 : Construction Readiness Score

Using the developed weights, the team created the Construction Readiness Score (CRS), which is a single unified metric that can be used to assess the readiness level of a project as a percentage. The CRS was then benchmarked to be used to classify future projects in one of three categories:

  1. Construction-Not-Ready (CRS between 0% and 75%)
  2. Borderline (CRS between 75% and 85%)
  3. Construction-Ready (CRS between 85% and 100%)
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3 : Impact of Readiness on Project Performance

The team analyzed data from 80 projects to understand the project performance differences between CR and CNR projects. Findings from statistical analysis that were significant are outlined in the below figure. These findings show that CR projects performed better than CNR projects in a number of factors, including cost and schedule.
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4 : Construction Readiness Assessment (CRA) Tool

RT-DCC-02 developed the Construction Readiness Assessment (CRA) tool, which is part of Final Report DCC-02. The CRA tool was built in Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic for Applications. The tool uses the weights of the 228 factors to compute a unified project readiness score, and subsequently compares that score to both the benchmarks identified in this research and user-defined project goals. The CRA tool further identifies leverage areas in which improvement can be made to increase or maintain construction readiness. Repeated use of the tool during the planning and construction phases of a project permits projects to be tracked as they progress toward construction readiness and to ensure that readiness is maintained after startup.

NOTE: This publication’s accompanying beta software is a proof of concept and is available for informational purposes only. By downloading or purchasing this publication, you understand and accept that its accompanying software may stop opening or running properly on future platforms and is not supported or maintained by CII. Both the publication and its software are protected by applicable copyright restrictions as set forth by CII. Any party interested in adapting this software is invited to contact CII Associate Director for Deployment to discuss licensing.

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Research Publications

Construction Readiness Assessment for Productivity Improvement - FR-DCC-02

Publication Date: 12/2018 Type: Final Report Pages: 82 Status: Tool


Presentations from CII Events

Session - Construction Readiness Assessment

Publication Date: 07/2018 Presenter: Number of Slides: 60 Event Code: AC2018


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