Factors of complexity in construction projects

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Abstract

Construction projects are often described as being complex; however, the relationship between project complexity and other key project components such as risk and uncertainty is not widely established. As part of a global research project aimed at establishing the impact of project complexity at the pre construction stage, research has been carried out to investigate this relationship. Interviews with industry experts were conducted to establish a current definition of project complexity in the context of the construction industry as well as to identify the factors of project complexity and other aspects of a project. At this stage in the research the definition has been established and factors have been identified but there is a need to develop a method to measure the effect of these. A function has been developed to show the importance of each factor to the complexity of a project which will aid in future work developing a methodology for measuring complexity and its impact upon projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 25th annual ARCOM conference
Place of PublicationNottingham
PublisherARCOM
Pages857-866
Number of pages10
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780955239014
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2009
EventProceedings 25th annual ARCOM conference - Nottingham, UK, 7-9 September
Duration: 7 Sep 2009 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings 25th annual ARCOM conference
Period7/09/09 → …

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Keywords

  • complexity
  • project complexity
  • risk
  • uncertainty

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Wood, H., & Ashton, P. (2009). Factors of complexity in construction projects. In Proceedings 25th annual ARCOM conference (Vol. 2, pp. 857-866). Nottingham: ARCOM.