A simulation model to study the impact of early information on design duration and redesign

D. K.H. Chua, Md Aslam Hossain

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In the design process, it is common to utilize early information from precedent activities to shorten the project duration instead of having to wait for the confirmed parameter values to arrive after full analysis. However, the estimated preliminary parameter might be different from that obtained after the full analysis. Consequently, redesign may be needed in downstream activities to correct this discrepancy. Total amount of induced redesign may adversely impact loss of productivity and overall design completion. Furthermore, redesign requires additional resources which may exaggerate the project completion for a project with limited resources. This study presents a simulation model to describe the effect of utilizing early information on redesign and total design duration. The paper characterizes the reduction in project duration while accounting for the impact of redesign through sensitivity studies of the parameters of the simulation model. The sensitivity studies would provide valuable insight that project managers can take into account when utilizing early information in design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-257
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Design parameters
  • Design process
  • Early estimation
  • Redesign
  • Sensitivity study
  • Simulation model

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