Project delivery encompasses all activities that create value to realise the delivery of a project and achieve strategic goals.
Members in this area of the Centre for Integrated Project Solutions (CIPS) research topics that have application across all stages of the project life cycle, front end planning (FEP), implementation and benefits.
FEP is the stage when high-level, strategic preparation and development are performed to inform the critical decision of committing substantial resources and moving to the implementation stage. Poor FEP leads to wasted resources, trust deterioration and public frustration. Research shows an average of 30 per cent difference in budget performance between well-defined infrastructure projects and poorly defined ones (CII, 2013).
Our research on FEP seeks to better understand the current practices and develops methods, frameworks, techniques and practical tools to help all related parties—be they in the public or private sector—improve the chance for project success long-term.
We also conduct analysis on means to achieve integrated project delivery (IPD). IPD is a specific phrase first coined in the US. According to the American Institute of Architects, IPD is "a project delivery method in the built environment that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to reduce waste and optimise efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction". There is an urgent need to address project performance through collaborative behaviours, systems and tools.
Research by Centre members includes the following topics:
- client, scope, knowledge and stakeholder management
- relational contracting and collaborative practice
- integrated supply chains
- off site manufacturing/industrialised building
- construction production methodologies
- human capital
- construction internationalisation
- digital construction
- building information modelling and management.