Evaluating construction progress
The bulk production phase of construction projects is a complex stage involving numerous installation activities. Any delays during this phase can significantly extend the project schedule. To avoid such delays, project managers must obtain accurate and timely information that enable them to effectively evaluate a project's performance. This article describes techniques that project managers can use to evaluate industrial projects during the bulk production phase. It explains the primary challenge involved in evaluating industrial projects during bulk production and discusses this challenge in relation to evaluating other project types and phases. It describes how project managers can use two indicators--construction progress and construction performance--to obtain the information they need to monitor bulk construction. It then outlines a process for using these indicators to manage and evaluate the progress of bulk construction.