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Austin, R B, Pishdad-Bozorgi, P and de la Garza, J M (2016) Identifying and Prioritizing Best Practices to Achieve Flash Track Projects. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142(02).
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Project planning and design; Fast track; Flash track; Concurrent engineering; Design-construction integration; Project acceleration; Co-location; Relational contracting; Trust; Schedule-driven projects;
- ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001061
This paper presents the initial findings of an ongoing research effort focused on identifying, quantifying, and ranking essential industry practices for the successful delivery of faster fast-track, or Flash Track, projects. The research data collection involves literature search, engineering, procurement, construction industry interviews, and discussions with an industry expert panel. This research has extensively explored and analyzed U.S. and international practices and has deeply explored project execution practices in industries other than construction, including manufacturing, shipbuilding, and software engineering/development. The methodology employed in this research entails deployment of a three-round Delphi process and an Analytic Hierarchy Process to produce a comprehensive list of prioritized recommendations on essential Flash Track practices. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge by identifying and ranking 18 industry best practices essential to successfully manage the unique challenges and risks inherent in Flash Track projects. This research finds that planning, execution, and organizational practices are the most essential considerations for successful Flash Tracking. It also highlights the central role of trusting relationships and fully integrated work teams and, in doing so, extends earlier studies calling for innovative approaches, rethinking prevailing practices, and entertaining a new paradigm in Flash Track projects.