Journal article

An early-stage project complexity assessment tool for the AEC industry

Paulo Vaz-Serra, Peter Edwards, Guillermo Aranda-Mena

CONSTRUCTION INNOVATION-ENGLAND | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Purpose: Complex projects require careful management. They may expose stakeholders to greater risks and place additional demands upon resources. In the initial stages of project development, however, little may be known about the nature and magnitude of such complexity. This paper aims to ensure that this gap is at least subjectively assessed and addressed. Design/methodology/approach: Research, using focus group workshops with a convenience sample of construction professionals, was carried out to test the validity of a Project Early Stage Complexity Assessment Tool (PESCAT). The PESCAT concept brings together selected complexity theories and uses subjectively based measures for assessment. ..

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Grants

Awarded by Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne


Funding Acknowledgements

The funding support of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne for this research, under Grant and Research Ethics Approval No.1955537.1, is gratefully acknowledged. We also sincerely thank the workshop participants for their continuing interest in the topic and for their unstinting contribution to our work.