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Title: RR244-11 - Global Project Controls and Management Systems
Publication Date: 1/1/2012
Product Type: Research Report
Status: Reference
Pages: 183
O'Brien, Menches, Yi, Ali, The Univ. of Texas at Austin
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The Project Controls and Management Systems (PCMS) includes the people, processes and tools for the planning and execution of all phases of capital projects including, but not limited to, Estimating, Cost Control, Planning, Scheduling, Change Management, Progressing, and Forecasting. PCMS has received scant research in the last two decades and there is a popular impression that the principles of PCMS has changed due to many trends, such as the use of information technology, globalization, graying of PCMS, etc. To update PCMS knowledge, the Construction Industry Institute (CII) chartered a research team of project controls experts. The research team reviewed modern PCMS practices, identified areas that need improvement, and provided recommendations and guidance for improving PCMS.

The research team concluded that the principles of PCMS functions that were established in the 1970s and 1980s are still valid today. However, the environment that modern day construction projects operate in has changed dramatically and PCMS need to adapt accordingly. The research team provided recommendations regarding how to adapt PCMS to modern project environment, as well as how to improve interface management, forecasting, and PCMS learning and development.