Biddability, Constructability, Operability, and Environmental Analysis at the Engineer Research and Development Center


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) created a checklist to ensure all proposed government projects meet a minimum set of guidelines. They coined the checklist BCOE: Biddability, constructability, operability, and environmental. This project management review process incorporates a plethora of constantly changing input from USACE employees around the globe. The most current construction practices, the newest building configurations, the most recent ingenious method to perform are all captured by the USACE database to support the BCOE process. Using case studies of projects carried out at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), this paper investigates how proper utilization of the USACE's BCOE project management process can reduce conflicts, oversights, cost overruns, and other deleterious actions that can inversely affect the successful outcome of a project. The utilized methodology utilized encompassed three interdependent steps where the authors collected project data for five projects that were carried out in ERDC, analyzed the efficiency and effectiveness of the BCOE process, and consequently collected additional project data for another 15 ERDC projects for further indepth analysis. When properly executed, the BCOE review process was proven beneficial to ensuring the successful completion of a project through improved communication.

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Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network (2014: May 19-21, Atlanta, GA)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Engineers; Human resource management; Project management, Building configuration; Current construction; Engineer research and development centers; Environmental analysis; Government projects; In-depth analysis; Management review; Project management process, Research

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Publication Date

01 May 2014