The feasibility of the Superbus project. Investigating possible arrangements for successful implementation

Cantarelli, Chantal (2006) The feasibility of the Superbus project. Investigating possible arrangements for successful implementation. In: Colloquium Vervoersplanologisch Speurwerk, 23-24 November 2006, Amsterdam.

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The Superbus project seems a promising transport alternative for the Zuiderzee Line. However, due to the innovative character and the dynamics, uncertainty regarding the feasibility emerges. In order for successful implementation one has to successfully consider the organisation of the project, the tasks and responsibilities of the actors and the allocation of risks between parties. For the selection of an appropriate arrangement for the organisation of the Superbus project one has to consider the four phases of product implementation (initiation, design, implementation, exploitation) and one should consider the 'system' that is being under consideration (by means of the TRAIL layer scheme). This leads to three possible arrangements: a DBFMO, a DBFM+O, or a DB+F+M+O contract. There are objections against an arrangement in which all the activities are integrated (DBFMO) because there is not yet a large extent of experience on this PPP structure. In the arrangement DB+F+M+O there is a stricter separation between activities which is particularly important in innovative projects like the Superbus in which the time span between the completion of the first part and the start of the second part can be large. Both the DBFM+O and the DB+F+M+O contract are suitable arrangements and they are quite similar regarding the allocation of risks. A slight preference is given to a DB+F+M+O contract because it is considered a safer option, which is important as the Superbus is a new project including many risks already.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Feasibility; transport
Subject(s): Project management
Centre: BT Centre for Major Programme Management
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2012 19:05
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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