Exploring the potentials of project controls within the construction industry: Drivers and challenges

Heveine Baban, Krisanthi Seneviratne, Yasemin Nielsen

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This paper examines the boundaries of project controls throughout the project life-cycle on construction projects. The researcher evaluates the factors contributing to the success and failures of projects, as well as identifies what project control mechanisms are currently being used in the construction industry to control projects throughout the project life-cycle. The details of the study reveal that although efforts have been made to control projects in various aspects of the construction project life-cycle, however these control mechanisms seem to be mis-jointed and scattered amongst construction professionals, and do not effectively work to address project controls, but only take effect after issues appear in a project. With the absence of a clearly defined structure to adopt project control mechanisms throughout the project life-cycle, this poses a clear gap in research towards improving construction project performance that satisfies the key stakeholders of the project. Thus, this paper proposes the development of a smart project controls framework model that would facilitate effective control of the activities identified throughout the project life-cycle, whereby the role of project controls becomes well defined within each stage of the project to ensure more sustainable project outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
PublisherIEOM Society
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781532359491, 9781532359514, 9781532359521
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event10th Annual International IEOM Conference 2020 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 10 Mar 202012 Mar 2020


Conference10th Annual International IEOM Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleIEOM 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • Project controls
  • Project controls system and project controls mechanism
  • Project planning
  • Smart projects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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