Research ideas are always emerging across CII's standing committees, sector committees, and Communities for Business Advancement (CBAs). The list below is a compilation of these groups' top ideas. Some of these are just a one-sentence idea or research question while others are more detailed Research Topic Summaries (RTS), which is the way the Funded Studies Committee defines new research topics for funding. Ultimately, all ideas that are selected for funding should have a fully developed Research Topic Summary, which is used by CII in requests for proposals.
Committees and CBAs are encouraged to regularly revisit this page to:
- Provide any new ideas. If you would like to submit a research topic, please use the following link: Submit a Research Topic
- Review current ideas when prioritizing new ideas for funding.
The content of this page is organized in four sections:
If you are with a CII committee or CBA and need more information about topics, please contact Daniel Oliveira at email@example.com
CII's overarching research is framed within research programs. Each research program drives a long-term goal that will improve CII members' businesses and bring innovation to the delivery of capital projects. Additional information regarding research programs can be found on CII's website. The current programs are:
AI Engine to Optimize Projects through AWP
How can companies in the capital projects industry leverage AI to optimize AWP implementation and achieve better business and project outcomes?
What AWP decisions or process steps can take advantage of AI?
What strategies can companies adopt to incorporate AI in their AWP processes?
The Workforce of 2030
The Impact of Automation on the Engineering Workforce
New Approaches for Training, Assessing Performance, and Retention
Integrated and Collaborative Delivery for Better Business Results
Quantitative Validation and Deployment of Industrial Integrated Project Delivery
Improving Project Forecasts by Reducing Optimism Bias in Project Teams
Cultivating Change: What structures, strategies, and processes will allow capital projects organizations to cultivate change by realistically and systematically identifying the need for change, plan and react to change?
Breaking the “Cycle of One”: How can project organizations be structured so that knowledge is transferred from one project to other thus driving continuous change and improvement? How can organizations better perform knowledge transfer across projects?
As of July 2020, the Technology Committee in considering the follow research ideas:
- P2020/1 Digital collection and reporting of Site Labor Hours
- P2020/2 Application Guide for Blockchain Technology within the Construction Industry
- P2018/1 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Driven, Data Cleansing & Migration Guide
If you want more information about the Technology topics above, please contact Bryan Kendig at BKendig@dow.com
|Downstream and Chemicals sector (DCC)|
PDRI MATRS for Small Projects (Oct 2019): This project aims to update the existing PDRI for Small Industrial projects to include the PDRI MATRS framework. CII's recommendation is that several sectors could pull resources to fund a project to update several PDRI versions in parallel. This would create efficiencies in the delivery of the new PDRIS versions.
These are several topics related to the "How to Double Productivity" project, which was sponsored by the DCC committee in 2017-18. These topics may also apply to other sectors and to overarching research. You can find a report with a detailed description of topics on the RT-DCC-01 Knowledge Base page. These are some of the topics included in the document:
Throughout 2019, the committee also explored a number of research ideas/questions, including:
|Facilities and Healthcare sector (FHC)||TBD|
|Manufacturing and Life Sciences sector (MLS)||TBD|
|Power, Utilities, and Infrastructure sector (PUI)|
The Research Team RT-PUI-01 identified and evaluated the impact of regulations through the project life cycle. One product of this research project was a regulatory research roadmap (report available here - CII account required for download), which outlines the current state of knowledge and proposes a plan to develop research that will further explore underlying issues. The ultimate goal of the research roadmap is to develop knowledge and tools to help the industry more effectively address regulatory risks and opportunities. Some topics included in this document are:
The Committee also explored a number of options for future projects in fall 2019. The top ideas, along with possible links to existing programs, or Committees/CBAs:
Some other ideas proposed by the Committee are opportunities for collaboration with other Committees, such as Technology or Deployment.
|Upstream, Midstream and Mining sector (UMM)||PDRI for Upstream: This project aims to update the existing PDRI resources to develop appropriate tools for the Upstream sector.|
Communities for Business Advancement
|Information Management CBA||How AI and machine learning can reduce IM and other construction costs, increase productivity?|
|Project Controls CBA||PC Maturity Matrix; AI for project scheduling|
|Quality Management CBA||Creating consistent reporting around rework; continued work on RT-313 + intersection between quality and safety|
|Risk Management CBA||Development of a Risk Maturity Model|
EHSS Training effectiveness
EHSS in PDRI in site selection, community relations, air, water, and environmental permits, technology selection
A “Living Library” to compile hazards in the field and develop an algorithm for data to identify potential events; increase EHSS training effectiveness & PDRI-EHSS steps; design in and out safety concerns
New Technology opportunities for advancements in construction and safety
|Supply Chain Management CBA|
Use AI to clean up connectivity throughout the materials supply chain (CII Recommendation: potential AI application for the AWP program)
SCM Blockchain applications (CII recommendation: see OS2 research related to blockchain)