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An integrated sustainability performance assessment tool for civil engineering projects with a small spatial scale - an action design research approach

Groenia, S. (2022) An integrated sustainability performance assessment tool for civil engineering projects with a small spatial scale - an action design research approach.

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Abstract:Sustainability is becoming more important in the design of the public space and in the civil engineering sector. The usage of sustainability assessment (SA) tools is important for addressing, managing, and improving the project sustainability performance of civil engineering projects of municipalities. However, the major drawback of most SA tools is that they perform an ex-post assessment on the project, while there is a greater need for SA tools which assist the decision-making to increase the project sustainability performance. Especially for projects with a small spatial scale, a solution is needed to overcome the main barriers of municipalities and companies in the civil engineering sector. In this study, the cycles of the elaborated Action Design Research (ADR) method were performed in cooperation with an organisation in the civil engineering sector, to develop and evaluate an integrated sustainability performance assessment (ISPA) tool for civil engineering projects with a small spatial scale in the Netherlands. The prototype ISPA tool integrates the three dimensions of sustainability with the key sustainability themes for municipalities, and the tool assists in the decision-making process, by directing and aligning the project decisions and activities throughout the whole project process. In this way, the developed prototype ISPA tool is a comprehensive solution for the fragmentation of the project process and to the inclusion of sustainability performance objectives which are relevant for both municipalities and companies in the civil engineering sector. Next to the prototype ISPA tool itself, this research also describes the problem context and the application domain of the tool, the design principles for the development of the tool, the user feedback of multiple user groups and the recommendations for further improvement. Ultimately, this study advances previous SA research and the development SA tools in the civil engineering field.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
Link to this item:https://purl.utwente.nl/essays/90929
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