Measuring complexity for building projects : a Delphi study
Xia, Bo & Chan, Albert (2011) Measuring complexity for building projects : a Delphi study. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19(1), pp. 7-24.
Purpose---The aim of this study is to identify complexity measures for building projects in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Design/Methodology/Approach---A three-round of Delphi questionnaire survey was conducted to identify the key parameters that measure the degree of project complexity. A complexity index (CI) was developed based on the identified measures and their relative importance.
Findings---Six key measures of project complexity have been identified, which include, namely (1) building structure & function; (2) construction method; (3) the urgency of the project schedule; (4) project size/scale; (5) geological condition; and (6) neighboring environment.
Practical implications---These complexity measures help stakeholders assess degrees of project complexity and better manage the potential risks that might be induced to different levels of project complexity.
Originality/Value---The findings provide insightful perspectives to define and understand project complexity. For stakeholders, understanding and addressing the complexity help to improve project planning and implementation.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Buildings, Complexity, measurement, Delphi method, China|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 Emerald Group Publishing|
|Deposited On:||15 Feb 2012 09:15|
|Last Modified:||09 Apr 2013 05:09|
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