Water Resources Management

, Volume 32, Issue 8, pp 2753–2766 | Cite as

The Influence of the Construction Technology in Time-Cost Relationships of Sewerage Projects

  • Vitor Sousa
  • Inês Meireles


Time-cost models have been developed in various contexts to assist in forecasting the duration of different types of projects. The present research explores the influence of the construction technology on the time-cost relationship. For that purpose, the data from 21 sewerage projects using trenchless technology and from 49 sewerage projects using the traditional open-cut method was analyzed. The 70 sewerage projects analyzed were completed in Chicago, U.S., between 1994 and 2002. The influence of the construction technology in the time-cost relationship was found to be statistically significant and time-relationships were determined for sewerage projects using trenchless technology and the traditional open-cut method. Furthermore, along with the Bromilow type models an alternative approach was tested using the time normalized by the project cost as dependent variable, allowing additional insight into the time performance of the open-cut and lining technology used (cured in place).


Time-cost relationship Sewerage Open-cut technology Lining technology 



VS acknowledges the financial support from IST – Universidade de Lisboa (Start Up – 4835) and the Portuguese National Science Foundation (grant SFRH/BSAB/113784/2015) for the sabbatical leave at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where part of this work was carried out.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal

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