PDRI MATRS Principles & Practices (VAL-116)

Course Summary

FEED MATRS PDRI for IndustrialPDRI MATRS Principals & Practices is a one-day course that offers participants the opportunity to learn how to facilitate project assessments using CII’s Maturity and Accuracy Total Rating System. PDRI MATRS (formerly known as FEED MATRS) is a tool used in front end planning to achieve substantially improved performance in capital project cost, schedule and delivery against operational asset business objectives. The course provides lessons learned on how to achieve increased team alignment, identify gaps and risks, and objectively measure the maturity and accuracy of FEED deliverables. Recommended facilitation techniques are explained, as well as roles, responsibilities and logistics of conducting a PDRI MATRS session.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the PDRI MATRS methodology and benefits to their project organization
  • Understand the relationship between PDRI MATRS and PDRI Industrial
  • Recommend when a PDRI MATRS session should be conducted in front end planning
  • Understand the roles, responsibilities and logistics for a PDRI MATRS session
  • Apply best practices in facilitating a PDRI MATRS session
  • Understand how to fully utilize findings – both maturity and accuracy – from a PDRI MATRS session to improve project performance
  • Set expectations with senior stakeholders of how PDRI MATRS will improve communication of risk

Who Should Attend

This course targets project stakeholders involved in front end planning. Past attendees include Program Managers, Project Managers, Design Managers, Designers, Construction Managers, Technical Managers, Project Estimators and Schedulers Business Unit leaders, Site Supervisors, Project Finance personnel, Operations leaders, Contract Administrators, Maintenance Managers, Risk specialists, Procurement professionals, Materials Supervisors, Quality specialists, Legal, Project Controls analysts, Engineers and Planners, Information Commercial Managers, Cost Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Health & Safety professionals and others.

Course Outline


  • Overview of course objectives and agenda
  • Interactive exercise – participants will complete a poll on the level of maturity of scope definition in their organization.
  • Introduction to PDRI MATRS (Maturity and Accuracy Total Rating System) and its role in improving project performance
  • Relationship with PDRI Industrial.

PDRI MATRS Methodology

  • Introduction to front end planning
  • Structure of PDRI MATRS assessment – PDRI Industrial elements, maturity elements (subset of PDRI Industrial) and accuracy factors
  • Application during front end planning stages
  • The assessment process
  • PDRI MATRS definition level criteria
  • PDRI MATRS Score – Maturity Score (completeness of FEED Deliverables) & Accuracy Score (confidence in development of FEED Deliverables)
  • How a PDRI MATRS score differs from a PDRI score
  • Measuring progress of scope definition

Preparing for a PDRI MATRS Session

  • Who should attend?
  • Specific benefits for
    • Business unit leaders
    • Cost estimators
    • Scheduler/planners
    • Risk managers
    • Engineering contractors and consultants
    • Shutdown/turnaround managers
    • Procurement managers
  • Session roles, responsibilities and logistics
  • Characteristics of great facilitators
  • Background materials to provide a facilitator preparing for a PDRI MATRS session
  • Interactive exercise – using a case study, participants will apply the fundamentals of risk management to identify risks and prepare for a PDRI MATRS session.

Conducting the PDRI MATRS Session

  • Recommended techniques to ensure consistency in the element review process
  • Using the low definition element list
  • Creating effective action items
  • Importance of the executive summary
  • Comparison of total score to industry and internal benchmarks
  • Putting the final PDRI MATRS report to use
  • Importance of a debrief session
  • Sharing PDRI MATRS results with senior stakeholders
  • Interactive exercise – using a case study, the group will participate in a Mock PDRI MATRS session. Each participant will be assigned a role from the project team and provided with behavior hints. The instructor will facilitate the Mock PDRI MATRS session. The group will assess a range of elements and practice behaviors that encourage open and honest communication, identifying gaps, capturing relevant comments, and assigning a definition level.

Lessons Learned on Increasing Alignment

  • Using an early review to increase project team alignment and understanding business objectives
  • Using PDRI MATRS to increase alignment between owners and contractors
  • Leveraging PDRI MATRS to communicate known risks when a project handover occurs after FEL-3 (detailed scope stage)


  • Revisit the group’s poll results on organizational maturity of scope definition
  • Review how PDRI MATRS can be applied to improve scope definition and project performance
  • Discuss important “take-aways”
  • Conduct course evaluation


The course is conducted by Valency, a Registered Provider for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and a Registered Provider with the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). A certificate of completion for 7 Professional Development continuing education (PDH) credits will be issued to those who attend and complete the course.

Upcoming (VAL-116) Dates

There are no upcoming VAL-116 courses at this time. Contact us to arrange training.