Assessment of infrastructure construction project performance in AU

Assessing project performance is an important component of construction project management. A common method of assessing such performance during project execution is earned value management (EVM).

A weakness of this approach is that it does not specifically measure the impact on project performance of a number of factors. As a result of the complexity of infrastructure construction projects, the current concept of earned value management approach is not sufficient to accurately predict project performance in the infrastructure construction environment.

The aim of this research is to develop a performance evaluation system through developing a modified EVM concept as an assessment technique in modern sustainable infrastructure construction projects, through considering a number of project risk related factors, such as sustainability, stakeholder requirements, procurement strategies and communication.

A set of these factors has been identified from a literature review and through interviewing industry personnel. The next stage is to test these factors through a questionnaire survey.

Analysis of the questionnaire results, which will be validated by historical data, will be used to develop a modified concept of EVM that can more accurately evaluate infrastructure construction performance, and consider the impact of emerging factors in evaluating the performance of infrastructure projects, with particular reference to the Australian context.

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