Importance of Pre-project Investment
A new study finds errors that cost $100 in pre-planning can cost up to $10,000 during construction
Schedule delays and cost escalation continue to be a reality during the construction of public and private projects in Canada. To help the industry and project owners reduce schedule delays and cost escalation, a number of associations led by the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) have released a report entitled Impacts of Pre-Project Investment & Quality of Documents on Project Delivery Efficiencies.
This report, the result of three years of study, including a comprehensive literature review, in-person interviews and a nationwide online survey of owners, design consultants, general contractors and subcontractors, highlights the critical relationship between project delivery efficiencies and project owners’ investment in upfront pre-planning.
The study finds a direct and positive correlation between the amount of time and investment that owners spent in pre-planning – and the quality of design documents in terms of completeness and suitability of purpose. The study also found that design document quality issues are rooted in inadequate time provided, inadequate fees, and inadequate information about existing conditions.
Read the full report here