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Title: RR268-11 - Development of the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) for Infrastructure Projects
Publication Date: 9/1/2011
Product Type: Research Report
Status: Reference
Pages: 250
Bingham, Gibson, Arizona State Univ.; Rick Stogner, Univ. Alabama
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Front End Planning (FEP) is a critical process for uncovering project unknowns, while developing adequate scope definition following a structured approach for the project execution process. FEP for infrastructure projects assists in identifying and mitigating issues such as right-of-way concerns, utility adjustments, environmental hazards, logistic problems, and permitting requirements. This research report describes a novel and effective risk management tool that has been developed by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) called the Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) for infrastructure projects. Input from 64 industry professionals representing over 30 companies was used in the tool development which is specifically focused on FEP. Data from 26 actual projects are given showing the efficacy of the tool. Critical success factors for FEP of infrastructure projects are shared. The research shows that a finite and specific list of issues related to scope definition of infrastructure projects can be developed. The research report also concludes that the PDRI score indicates the current level of scope definition and corresponds to project performance. Infrastructure projects with low PDRI scores, (well defined); outperform projects with high PDRI scores.