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Compliance of designs with requirements in road infrastructure projects : road infrastructure projects within the context of systems engineering

Elmeidaa, Maria (2019) Compliance of designs with requirements in road infrastructure projects : road infrastructure projects within the context of systems engineering.

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Abstract:Developing products in compliance with specifications should be realized throughout a system lifecycle to support the delivery of quality assured products. The quality of large infrastructure projects can be determined by many aspects including the extent to which the system is delivered in compliance with defined specifications. The purpose of this research has been to assess the performance of two road infrastructure projects in developing requirements and designs to be in compliance with each other so to make recommendations to improve current practices. A literature review has been conducted to develop a framework of best practices, for ensuring that designs are developed in compliance with the defined requirements throughout a design level of detail, specifically the concept design level. The framework has been applied to current practices in two case studies, which have been implementing Systems Engineering (SE) processes in the concept design phase of the project lifecycle. Pattern matching analysis, which is about testing whether theory and practice match in real life by comparing their patterns and characteristics, has been used for analyzing current practices. Pattern matching results indicate that one project has been performing better than the other project. This is in terms of matching the expected patterns for developing requirements and designs to be in compliance with each other, throughout a design level of detail. However, the findings of this research could not demonstrate if indeed one of the projects is a success project with regard to developing designs in compliance with the defined requirements throughout the concept design phase, while the other project is not. This is primarily due to the lack of evidence in one of the projects, which has been perceived in itself as an indicator of insufficient performance of that project. Certain practices are seen as reasons for the pattern matching results and are thus further discussed. On the basis of the analysis and discussions, recommendations for improving current practices are developed. Involve SE expertise, enhance required SE knowledge and skills, and ensure strict SE planning and commitment from the beginning of the projects are the recommendations suggested and supported by existing literature.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Witteveen+Bos
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79185
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