Accession Number:

ADA446843

Title:

Risk-Based Decision Model for Determining the Applicability of an Earned Value Management System in Construction

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

126.0

Abstract:

New policy mandated by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics has lowered the dollar thresholds of contracts requiring earned value management EVM. This policy directed that a risk-based decision be made to determine if EVM should be used on firm-fixed price contracts under 20 million. Although not previously applicable to Military Construction MILCON building projects or other Air Force Civil Engineer CE managed contracts, the new threshold requires that CE projects be evaluated for risk. Therefore, the focus of this research was to analyze the risk factors associated with construction contracts in an attempt to build a decision model to determine if EVM is warranted on the project. Due to the cost of implementing EVM, this model should probably be used only on Air Force construction projects with cost estimates over 5 million. If the cost growth predicted by the model is greater than 5, the use of EVM is recommended to monitor the risk factors. However, this recommendation should be tempered with the overall risk associated with a given project. In other words, if the calculated cost growth is high but the probability of occurrence is low, the decision-maker may want to forego the use of EVM and the associated costs. The questions addressed by this research are as follows 1 What risk factors affect the cost or schedule of Air Force construction projects 2 What is the probability of occurrence of the identified risk factors 3 What is the subsequent cost growth due to the occurrence of the risk factors and 4 How many Air Force construction projects accomplished in the last 5 years and those programmed through FY12 exceed the 20M threshold or fall into a range that must be evaluated

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE