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(EVM-3614) Earned Value Management Systems for Operations Activities

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Level: Basic
TCM Section(s):
9.2. Progress and Performance Measurement
6.3. Asset Historical Database Management
Venue: 2021 AACE International Conference & Expo

Abstract: An earned value management system (EVMS), which monitors contractor performance, is a requirement for program and project management for all major acquisitions by the United States Federal Government with development effort: (i.e., an asset requiring management attention because of its importance to an agency’s mission; high development, operating, or maintenance costs; high risk and/or high return).

As an area less explored in earned value management (EVM) practices, this paper will survey the application of an EVMS for operations activities defined as:
  • Non-capital asset activities that are projects (or project - like) with definable start and end dates, with discrete scopes of work, and measurable accomplishments; as well as
  • Routine or recurring facility or environmental operations.

This paper will examine the use of an EVMS to evaluate performance of operations and maintenance activities required once construction of a capital asset is complete and being used as intended. Such activities include upgrades and maintenance in order for capital assets to meet their mission function over a life-cycle (through repair, replacement, etc.).

This paper will provide background on this topic from the perspective of the Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) Program. In addition, it will provide material from a panel discussion provided by a group of experts from the October 2019 Office of Environmental Management Project Management Workshop, as well as material from subsequent research on this topic.