Earned value‐based performance monitoring of facility construction projects

Alberto De Marco (Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy)
Timur Narbaev (Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Publication date: 15 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the diffusion of earned value management (EVM) as a practicable methodology to monitor facility construction and renovation projects in the context of the European industry.

Design/methodology/approach

First, a review of the literature reveals how EVM evolved as a tool for facility construction project monitoring together with specific concerns for its application. Then, a review of EVM practice and trends in Europe is provided and finally, applicability and viability of the method is proved through a case demonstration.

Findings

EVM practice in the European construction industry is found to be lagging behind other experienced countries and industries, despite EVM having been found to be applicable, adaptable, and predictive of integrated final cost and schedule of facility construction projects. In particular, cost estimate at completion is forecasted by a simple cost performance index (CPI), while for the time estimate at completion, the earned schedule concept is revealed as an accurate predictor.

Research limitations/implications

The paper urges the need for research of a European standard as a primary factor for successful diffusion of EVM usage in architecture, engineering and construction projects.

Practical implications

This paper helps practitioners to understand the adaptability of EVM practice in the European construction industry and to apply EV tools for effective monitoring of the performance of their projects.

Originality/value

Current trends of EVM practice in the European construction context are presented and suggestions for sustaining the diffusion of EVM are given.

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Citation

De Marco, A. and Narbaev, T. (2013), "Earned value‐based performance monitoring of facility construction projects", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 69-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/14725961311301475

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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