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Title: RS124-1 - Exceptional Projects and Methods of Improving Project Performance
Publication Date: 6/1/1999
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Archived Supporting Product
Pages: 17
This publication has been archived, but is available for download for informational purposes only.

Looks at extraordinary projects and what made them different from traditional. Provides compelling evidence that fundamental changes can occur with dramatic results. Offers guidance on organizational re-engineering efforts.
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CII formed the Re-Engineering the Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) Process Research Team to investigate the re-engineering process identified by Hammer and Champy in their book, Re-Engineering the Organization. The purpose of the investigation was to determine if such a process could be applied to the construction industry, especially that segment of the industry that deals with EPC projects.

At its initial meetings, the research team had intensive discussions that resulted in the realization that to re-engineer the entire EPC process was insurmountable as well as unrealistic. Company work processes were too divergent to expect unanimous implementation of a “new” re-engineered EPC process model.

The research team struck upon the idea that in many cases, individual projects were executed with extraordinary results in terms of schedule. The research team then set out on a course to investigate these extraordinary projects to determine what made them different from traditional projects of the same scope and complexity. Although this research summary does not provide a re-engineered EPC process, it does provide compelling evidence that fundamental changes can occur with dramatic results. It also delivers guidance for organizational re-engineering efforts.