Process coordination within engineering procurement construction management companies


Authors: De Beer, Odette




Iteration and rework are inevitable within the concurrent nature of complex modern day engineering projects. Effective communication and process coordination, as well as minimisation of these iterations and rework cycles are major contributors to the successful completion of projects. The majority of project management techniques being used does not account for cyclic flow of information which result in project schedules being developed without incorporating the iterative nature of designs. However, making use of the Design Structure Matrix technique will facilitate in illustrating and modelling the various interactions between engineering disciplines, and when incorporated in schedule development will result in more accurate lead time forecasts and less schedule overruns when executing projects.