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(TCM-4048) Implementation of an Integrated Phase-Gate Project Controls Process

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Venue: 2023 AACE International Conference & Expo

Abstract: The path to successful project delivery starts in the pre-design phase and is linked to four disciplines of the cost engineering or project controls effort of; cost estimating and management, planning and scheduling, risk management, and claims avoidance/forensic analysis/dispute resolution.Integrating these four disciplines into the design and construction process improves the benchmark plans, ensures adequate budget and schedule, and provides a consistent set of deliverables to improve the quality of the effort.The authors have found that this process greatly improves the deliverables and analysis results.

This effort is based on seven phases of a project; pre-design, schematic design, detailed design, design for construction, bid/tender document development, construction, and post-construction.These align with front-end loading and the front-end engineering design commonly used in the process world but also with any project design effort.The authors have previously written about the importance of design scheduling and this process aligns with that paper and brings in the full cost engineering/project controls support.

This paper will explain the authors' process in detail, providing the reader additional insight and guidance to successfully implement a fully integrated phase-gate project controls and design/construction effort.