Peer Review: A Management Tool for Public Sector Projects

by Walter L. Dougherty, Rapid Transit Engr.; Dept. of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 2, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


If done correctly, peer review can be an effective tool in managing public sector projects by reducing costs through careful weighing of design alternatives by experts in the field. The mechanics of such a review is described in detail—how to include the right and best people for any review, the economics of conducting a review, as well as what can be expected of reviews when they are done at various stages of the design phase. Examples of half-a-dozen rail transit reviews held by UMTA are given as to their success and efficiency and why certain panel members can get their refined specifications accepted by the engineers being reviewed and others cannot.

Subject Headings: Project management | Rail transportation | Peer review | Construction costs | Economic factors | Public transportation

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