Cost Overruns – Helping to Define What They Really Mean

17 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2018

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Diletta Colette Invernizzi

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Giorgio Locatelli

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Naomi Brookes

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Date Written: March 15, 2018

Abstract

Civil engineers are often in the firing line for alleged cost overruns, particularly on major publicly funded infrastructure projects. This usually occurs when the final cost of a project is simply compared with the original estimate, even though this was published a long time ago, in different circumstances and for a quite different project to the one carried out. This paper proposes a systematic approach to ensure that cost overruns, should they occur, are more accurately defined in terms of when the initial and end costs are assessed, from which point of view, at which project stage, and including scope changes and financial assumptions. The paper refers to the UK’s £163 billion nuclear decommissioning programme.

Keywords: Decommissioning, Economics & Finance, Project Management

JEL Classification: O22

Suggested Citation

Invernizzi, Diletta Colette and Locatelli, Giorgio and Brookes, Noami, Cost Overruns – Helping to Define What They Really Mean (March 15, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3141044 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3141044

Diletta Colette Invernizzi (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Giorgio Locatelli

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Noami Brookes

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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