Defining and Understanding "small Projects" in the Industrial Construction Sector

Wesley Collins, Kristen Parrish, Edd Gibson

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To date, little research has been performed regarding the planning and management of "small" projects - those projects typically differentiated from "large" projects due to having lower costs. In 2013, The Construction Industry Institute (CII) set out to develop a front end planning tool that will provide practitioners with a standardized process for planning small projects in the industrial sector. The research team determined that data should be sought from industry regarding small industrial projects to ensure applicability, effectiveness and validity of the new tool. The team developed and administered a survey to determine (1) the prevalence of small projects, (2) the planning processes currently in use for small projects, and (3) current metrics used by industry to differentiate between small and large projects. The survey data showed that small projects make up a majority of projects completed in the industrial sector, planning of these projects varies greatly across the industry, and the metrics posed in the survey were mostly not appropriate for use in differentiating between small and large projects. This study contributes to knowledge through adding to the limited research surrounding small projects, and suggesting future research regarding using measures of project complexity to differentiate between small and large projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
StatePublished - 2017
EventCreative Construction Conference, CCC 2017 - Primosten, Croatia
Duration: Jun 19 2017Jun 22 2017


  • Front End Planning
  • Industrial Construction
  • Small Projects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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