Improving Cost and Schedule Performance on Municipal Pipeline Projects: Realizing the Benefits of the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Alternative Project Delivery Method

by Mounir El Asmar, Ph.D., (A.M.ASCE), Faculty Member; Tempe, AZ,,
Samuel T. Ariaratnam, P.E., Ph.D., (F.ASCE), Professor, Construction Engineering Program Chair; Tempe, AZ,,
Tober Francom, P.Eng., Ph.D., (S.M.ASCE), Associate; Oakland, CA,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 4, Pg. 50-56

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States is failing. In its 2013 Report Card on American Infrastructure, ASCE stated: "The water and wastewater infrastructure is in poor to fair condition and mostly below standard, with many elements approaching the end of their service life. A large portion of the system exhibits significant deterioration. Condition and capacity are of significant concern with a strong risk of failure." Failures in water and wastewater pipeline infrastructure can have many impacts on the public, including disruption in water delivery, impediments to emergency response, water pollution, and damage to roadways and other types of infrastructure. Significant reinvestment is needed to replace, rehabilitate, and expand the pipeline network. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that approximately $632.8 billion of investment is needed for water and wastewater systems, with $281.6 billion (46 percent) specifically allocated for pipeline investment by 2028.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Construction costs | Scheduling | Local government | Pipelines | Managers | Risk management | Project delivery


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