System dynamics for controlling sustainable projects

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Abstract

Traditional construction projects are widely seen as unpredictable in terms of delivery on time, within budget and to the quality standards. The introduction of the concept of sustainability in construction has added more pressures on the control systems of these projects. Typically, managing time and cost has always been investigated in isolation of other qualitative measures such as quality, safety, and environmental impacts. However, the later were also researched in isolation of the former. Projects actually work as a system, whose elements highly affect each other. While the typical project control methodologies usefully guide project team to better control the major performance measures of projects, they do not provide a complete response to the need to characterize project performance in an integrated view as a system-based approach. The integration of qualitative and quantitative measures in project control was always seen as a challenge in this field. This research will help overcoming this challenge and investigate and make explicit the advantages of applying control mechanisms by developing a system dynamic tool that links the behaviour of both qualitative and quantitative project characteristics with the target levels of performance. The main conclusion drawn in this paper is that system dynamics concepts and tools can be integrated into project management practices for better understanding of the system in which project management operates to construct sustainable projects. This will enable the industry to rethink the A/E/C construction processes and provide the project manager with a set of robust methods for planning and controlling today’s construction projects.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CIB W055 - W065 Joint International Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationTransformation Through Construction
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2008
EventCIB W055 - W065 Joint International Symposium: Transformation Through Construction - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 15 Nov 200817 Nov 2008

Conference

ConferenceCIB W055 - W065 Joint International Symposium
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period15/11/0817/11/08

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Dynamical systems
Project management
Environmental impact
Sustainable development
Managers
Control systems
Planning
Costs
Industry

Keywords

  • project management
  • system dynamics
  • sustainable construction

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Motawa, I. (2008). System dynamics for controlling sustainable projects. In Proceedings of CIB W055 - W065 Joint International Symposium: Transformation Through Construction
Motawa, Ibrahim. / System dynamics for controlling sustainable projects. Proceedings of CIB W055 - W065 Joint International Symposium: Transformation Through Construction. 2008.
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