Applying Systems Engineering Approaches to the Management of Electrical Engineering Projects

Nooriafshar, Darius (2019) Applying Systems Engineering Approaches to the Management of Electrical Engineering Projects. [USQ Project]

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Electrical engineering projects are becoming increasingly complex due to the advances in technology. Traditional project management practices and approaches may not be the best method. Research has indicated that a large portion of electrical engineering projects are not completed successfully. Therefore, adopting new processes and methods in order to attempt to improve project success rates is worth investigating. Generally, projects have been viewed with a static approach. Modern electrical engineering projects, however, are complex dynamic systems and should be viewed and managed in a holistic way. A project can be viewed as a closed loop system with external and internal factors that can impact the outcome. Hence, this research project explores the application of systems engineering approaches to the management of electrical engineering projects. An initial investigation of the relevant literature revealed that there was a knowledge gap in applying systems engineering to the management of electrical engineering projects. The identified gap led to the development of the in-depth interview instrument. Five senior key domain experts were selected for in-depth interviewing with the purpose of acquiring experiential knowledge. From this extracted knowledge and literature review, a systems engineering model for electrical engineering project management was developed. The model was built on existing project management methodologies and was refined for electrical engineering based projects. The model was tested on a hypothetical electrical engineering project and verified by obtaining feedback from the domain experts. The outcome from the testing and verification suggested that the model has the potential to help improve the project management process in the electrical engineering industry. Project management is an ever growing, changing and challenging industry. Hence, the results from this research study help to contribute to the knowledge base of project management in the electrical engineering environment.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Ahfock, Tony; Thorpe, David
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 02:14
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 22:59

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