Award Date

8-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Committee Member

Pramen Shrestha

Second Committee Member

David R. Shields

Third Committee Member

Neil Opfer

Fourth Committee Member

Nancy Menzel

Number of Pages

161

Abstract

The concept of the project delivery system refers to the overall processes by which a project is designed, constructed, and/or maintained. There are many different types of project delivery systems to fit particular situations involving the owner and his intended project. The project delivery system is what establishes the framework that enables a construction project to be developed and ultimately executed.

The construction industry has observed that projects (both private and public) frequently suffer from factors such as adversarial relationships, low roductivity, high inefficiency and rework, frequent contractual disputes concerning who was at fault, and lack of innovation. Not only do these factors result in cost and schedule growth, they also contribute to work related injuries and fatalities and poor end project quality Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a unique project delivery method that was generated to address these problems. In contrast to a traditional project team, the revolutionary concept of IPD is that the integrated team is contractually bound to each other and includes not only the owner, architect, and contractor, but can also extend to subcontractors, engineers, and major systems suppliers. Because of the inherent innovativeness of IPD, it is well suited to address the problems that traditional project delivery systems never could.

This research examines the extent to which Integrated Project Delivery can be implemented on Department of the Navy (DON).military construction projects. This research will first focus on understanding the culture and mindset of how facilities management and construction are currently executed within Marine Corps installations and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Data were taken through a survey mechanism with questions covering major points to understand the culture. After this culture was understood and determined, recommendations were then made for partial and full implementation of IPD within NAVFAC. This thesis also uses a literature review and case studies to gain context and understand the techniques and benefits of IPD, Lean Construction and Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the obstacles to IPD implementation.

Keywords

Building information modeling; Civil engineering; Construction industry; Construction projects; Industrial efficiency; Industrial productivity; Integrated project delivery; Lean construction; Lean manufacturing; Project delivery method; Waste minimization

Disciplines

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Civil Engineering | Construction Engineering

Language

English


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