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Project Controls for Engineering Work in Practice

  • Author / Creator
    Kostelyk, Jesse D.
  • Engineering work can account for 10% to 20% of capital project costs, and up to 50% of a project’s schedule. The construction industry rigorously implements control techniques to minimize cost and schedule overruns; however, the same cannot be said for controlling engineering work. Over the years, engineering work has proven its susceptibility to cost and schedule overrun, yet controls have not been implemented to the same level of rigor. In practice, engineering work is controlled through techniques such as schedule and accounting summaries and neglects the relationship between cost, schedule and progress. This research aims to improve project control of engineering work in practice by adapting Earned Value Management (EVM) techniques used in construction to the requirements of engineering work. Techniques for EVM baseline development and maintenance, progress measurement, performance analysis, forecasting, and corrective action are customized to the engineering effort and successfully applied on two major engineering projects.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3XM73
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • AbouRizk, Simaan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kumar, Amit (Mechanical Engineering)
    • AbouRizk, Simaan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Mohammed, Yasser (Civil and Environmental Engineering)