Introducing the Concept of Foundational Attributes and Project Metabolism to Assess Construction Project Similarity Public Deposited

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  • A construction project is considered to be unique due to the process of delivering a customer-designed product, diverse stakeholders involved, the unique location and timeframe of construction, and specific social, economic, and environmental constraints attached to it. The uniqueness of construction projects brought great challenges to the construction industry professionals as well as researchers and educators in the construction discipline. If a method or a model can be developed to assess the similarity between projects and make project comparison more science than art, we can increase the confidence level of researchers when they conduct analyses and make conclusions. We can help industry professionals make better decisions based by providing more accurate information. This dissertation describes three attempts to try to create a new level of thinking and to solve the problem of project comparison. The first attempt is to adopt a concept created by a well-known researcher and to figure out if this is the solution to the problem. The second attempt is to review the history of construction to see what we can learn from the history. The third attempt is inspired by the findings of the first two approaches, and the author creates a new concept to understand construction projects through a new lens. Manuscript 1 describes the definition and develops a framework for the concept of Foundational Attributes of construction projects. A literature review is conducted to create the framework, and case study projects are applied to the framework to demonstrate how this concept helps with project comparison. Manuscript 2 reviews the history of the construction industry, from the very first structure in the Stone Age to the construction industry we have now. A review of the history helps to see the trend and the development of the construction industry, and helps to understand the important things that do not change over time. Manuscript 3 introduces the concept of Project Metabolism which was inspired by the findings of the first two manuscripts. Concept mapping methods are used to help with defining the concept and a literature review is conducted to help with the concept development. A survey is carried out to gather opinions from industrial professionals and the responses are analyzed using statistics tools.
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