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Actual Data on Why Projects Fail to Deliver on Promises

  • 1.  Actual Data on Why Projects Fail to Deliver on Promises

    Posted 04-20-2021 09:27 AM

    Questions about how and why projects fail to deliver on their promises is a frequent topic in this forum. For some insight from the Nuclear Power Plant industry I  want to call attention to one of this month's free research papers from the Journal of Construction Engineering & Management. The paper is titled Identifying and Categorizing Risks Incumbent in US Nuclear Power Plant Construction by Rachael Sherman, Kristen Parrish, and  Anthony Lamanna. The paper can be found in the ASCE Book Club – Free Papers for April post. An aim of the paper is filling the gap in literature by identifying common themes and trends in risks manifested in past Nuclear Power Plant projects that lead to cost and schedule overruns. I found the paper a good read and encourage others to read (as well as peruse the other free papers for April). While the experience is specific to the Nuclear Power Plant industry I think there are elements that can generalized to any project characterized by high real or perceived environmental and social risks. What do others think?

    Mitch Winkler P.E., M.ASCE
    Houston, TX

  • 2.  RE: Actual Data on Why Projects Fail to Deliver on Promises

    Posted 04-26-2021 09:44 AM
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      • Level of Risks and Types

      Just reviewed the paper Mitch, and most of its nuclear jargon, for me, is like "Speaking & Understanding" a foreign language . . . BUT… the jewel if offers us non-nuke folks is nicely laid out in the paper's table "Appendix."

      It lists a risk-categorization level alongside listed risks that are about 93.67% of what almost all of our non-nuke projects face.


      It might be useful for someone to sort out that appendix's issues most common to our non-nuke projects. Then share that adaptation herein.

      By way of example, I offer the attached paper[1] as well which has some 40+ risk issues common to our non-nuke projects.

      Stay Healthy!



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      William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
      Buffalo, N.Y.

      "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880