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The Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) for Building Projects (#12 in the Hut Project Management for Construction)
By Chris Hendrickson

The Construction Industry Institute has developed rating indexes for different types of projects to assess the adequacy of project scope definitions. These are intended to reflect best practices in the building industry and provides a checklist for recommended activities and milestones to define a project scope. The rating index is a weighted sum of scores received for a variety of items on the scope definition checklist. Each item in the checklist is rated as “not applicable” (0), “complete definition” (1), “minor deficiencies” (2), “some deficiencies” (3), “major deficiencies” (4) or “incomplete or poor definition” (5). Lower scores in these categories are preferable. Some items in the checklist include:

  • Business Strategy for building use, justification, plan, economic analysis, facility requirements, expansion/alteration consideration, site selection issues and project objectives.
  • Owner Philosophy with regard to reliability, maintenance, operation and design.
  • Project Requirements for value engineering, design, existing facility, scope of work review, schedule and budget.
  • Site Information including applicable regulatory reporting and permits requirements.
  • Building Programming including room by room definitions for use, finishes, interior requirements and hvac (heating, ventilating and air conditioning).
  • Design Parameters including all components and a constructability analysis.
  • Equipment including inventory, locations and utility requirements.

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Chris Hendrickson is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, project management, transportation systems, finance and computer applications. Prof. Hendrickson is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, an Emeritus Member of the Transportation Research Board and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hendrickson is also the recipient of many professional awards.

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