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Master of Science


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Gregory D. Hammond, PhD.


This research performs forensic schedule analysis of delay factors that impacted recent large-scale military construction projects in the Middle East. The purpose of this study is to understand the most significant causes of project delay and how AFCEC might improve schedule management performance. The methodologies for analysis are adapted from the Professional Practice Guide to Forensic Schedule Analysis, particularly Method 3.7 Modeled/Additive/Multiple Base, or Time Impacted Analysis—Adjusted. The data is gathered from USACE and AFCEC, consisting of Primavera project schedules and project documents from the Resident Management System database. The project delays from two large-scale projects are apportioned as compensable, excusable, or non-excusable based on their liability and their impacts to the critical path. This investigation reveals that two particular delay factors are the most significant contributors to schedule overrun, accounting for 62% of the total delay. Obtaining building permits, an owner (government) responsibility, contributed to 38% of the delays. Design issues, consisting of change orders and submittal approvals, accounted for another 24% of the delays. In order to reduce schedule delay in future projects, several recommendations are provided that focus on various aspects of project management.

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