To read this content please select one of the options below:

Benchmarking of construction projects performance for comparative assessment and performance improvement: a statistical quantitative approach

Eyad Aboseif (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Awad S. Hanna (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 20 February 2023

272

Abstract

Purpose

The exact process of construction projects performance assessment and benchmarking still remains subjective relying on qualitative techniques, which does not allow stakeholders to address the issues and the drawbacks of their respective projects as effectively as possible for performance improvement purposes. Hence, this research aims to establish a unified project performance score (PPS) for assessing and comparing projects performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from Construction Industry Institute (CII) members and through University of Wisconsin active research projects. Exploratory data analysis was done to investigate the calculated performance metrics and the collected data characteristics. Data were converted into six performance metrics which were used as the independent variables in creating the PPS model. Logistic regression model was developed to generate the unified PPS equation in order to explain the variables that significantly affect construction projects successful post-completion performance. The PPS model was then applied on the collected dataset to benchmark projects in terms of project delivery systems, compensation types and project types in order to showcase the PPS capabilities and possible applications.

Findings

The model revealed that construction cost and schedule growth are the most important metrics in assessing projects performance, while RFIs’ processing time and change orders per million dollars were the features with the least effect on the PPS value. The authors found that integrated project delivery (IPD) and target value (TV) projects outperformed all other project delivery and compensation types. While, industrial projects showed the worst performance, as compared to commercial or institutional projects.

Originality/value

The PPS model can be used to assess the performance of any pool of executed projects, and introducing a novel addition to the field of construction business analytics which is a supplementary tool to successful decision making and performance improvement. Additionally, the bidding selection system can be revolutionized from a cost-based to a performance based one using the PPS model to improve the outcomes of the buyout process.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

This work is partially funded by the Construction Industry Institute Project No. RT-DCC-06 “Updating Project Delivery and Contract Strategies”. The authors would also like to thank the industry experts who generously provided project data, participated in the project, and assisted the authors in testing and validating the survey.

Citation

Aboseif, E. and Hanna, A.S. (2023), "Benchmarking of construction projects performance for comparative assessment and performance improvement: a statistical quantitative approach", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-06-2022-0552

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2023, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles