PDRI for Industrial

Where is PDRI for Industrial used?

The PDRI for Industrial template is used to assess scope definition for industrial projects that provide an output in terms of assemblies, sub-assemblies, chemical compounds, electricity, food, or other marketable goods. Industrial projects are process-driven and can be classified as light or heavy, depending on the number of process steps/pieces of equipment included in the project.

Key Characteristics

Characteristic Industrial
Primary Designer Process Engineer
Project Orientation Vertical
System Node
Utilization Transformation
Operational Consumption & Production
Interface with Public Minimal
Environmental Impact Extensive
Primary Cost Piping & mechanical equipment
Installed Equipment Cost Extensive
Land Cost  Low to moderate
Jurisdiction Interface  Moderate

Types of Projects

  • oil/gas production facilities
  • chemical plants
  • pharmaceutical plants
  • steel/aluminum mills
  • power plants
  • manufacturing facilities
  • food processing plants
  • refineries
  • plant upgrades/retrofit
  • civil/industrial infrastructure
  • water/wastewater treatment plants
  • textile mills

Project Performance Impact

Application of the PDRI for Industrial template has been tested by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) on billions of dollars worth of industrial projects.  These projects included chemical, pharmaceutical, power, pulp and paper, refining, and metals facilities.

The table below compares project performance using their PDRI score at the time of project authorization (end of detailed scope). Projects with a PDRI score under 200 (a lower score indicates a better defined scope) consistently outperform projects with a PDRI score above 200 in terms of cost, schedule, and change orders.

Performance PDRI Score < 200 PDRI Score > 200 Difference
Cost  4% below budget  4% above budget  8%
Schedule  4% behind schedule  10% behind schedule  6%
Change Orders  7% of budget  8% of budget  1%

Project Definition Rating Index Industrial Projects, Implementation Resources 113-2, Version 4.0, Construction Industry Institute, 2013.

Project Definition Rating Index Industrial Projects, Implementation Resources 113-2, Version 5.0, Construction Industry Institute, 2019.

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