Validation in IPD Projects: A Lean Construction Institute Research Report (Arizona CoP)

February 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (under construction)
Southland Industries
1500 N. Priest Drive, Suite 114
Arizona CoP

This interactive session will help the audience learn about the recently documented practice of project validation. Project validation aims at proving or disproving with limited or no design whether the project team can deliver a project that satisfies the owner’s business case and scope within the owner’s allowable constraints of cost and schedule and with an acceptable level of risk. It sets the commitment of the team towards achieving project goals and accepting the shared risks of failing to do so. The session will cover project validation concepts, the validation process and its sequence of steps, and the timing of implementation. Lessons learned and resources will be shared. Barriers and benefits will be discussed. Successful and unsuccessful case studies will complement the discussion. At the end of the session, attendees will be equipped with the knowledge to decide whether they should and want to pursue validation, and, if so, plan a successful implementation of project validation effectively.


David Grau (“au” pronounced like “ow” in allow) is an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. Grau graduated with both a masters degree and doctorate in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and with an industrial engineering degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain.

Recommended Reading:

Project Validation - A Guide to Improving Owner Value and Team Performance
by David Frau, Ph.D., P.E.; Fernanda Cruz-Rios, Ph.D.; Rachael Sherman

Dinner will be served