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Title: IR323-2 - Premature Start Impact Analysis Tool
Publication Date: 11/1/2016
Product Type: Implementation Resource
Status: Tool
Pages: 82
Summarizes research findings on the drivers, leading indicators, and impacts of premature starts to construction. Presents a Premature start Impact Analysis (PSIA) Tool that can help project participants to identify and avoid these premature starts, and offers numerous case studies to illustrate common issues and their early identification.

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Nearly every project in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has at least one stakeholder who perceives a benefit from an early start to construction. As a result, project teams face pressure to begin construction, whether or not they are in fact ready. In order to begin early mobilization, teams will rush engineering design drawings and leave assumptions unmitigated—resulting in inaccurate plans and, often, unrealistic schedules. The construction phase of the project can then become impeded by costly interruptions and holds. When these interruptions occur, project teams often react by spending more money and crashing schedules even further in order to make up for the interruption, causing additional strain for all project stakeholders. Hence, there is a demonstrated need to understand the drivers of premature starts, to identify their potential impacts, and to determine which leading indicators signal a premature start. This information can then be used to alert project stakeholders at all levels of an organization.
It was with this need in mind that the Construction Industry Institute (CII) commissioned Research Team 323 (RT-323). In order to develop a basis of analysis, RT-323 defined a premature start as a decision, by at least one party, to start construction with at least one risk that exceeds an acceptable tolerance to a party and which can result in an interruption to construction. The main objective of RT-323 was to identify and document the drivers and impacts of premature starts to construction, and to identify the leading indicators that signal a premature start.