An indicator system for evaluating operation and maintenance management of mega infrastructure projects in China

Dan Chen, Pengcheng Xiang*, Fuyuan Jia, Jian Zhang, Zhaowen Liu

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Mega infrastructure projects provide a basic guarantee for social development, economic construction, and livelihood improvement. Their operation and maintenance (O&M) management are of great significance for the smooth operation and the realization of the value created by the projects. In order to provide an approach for effectively evaluating O&M management, this study develops a holistic indicator system using a mixed-review method from the national macro perspective in China. In this study, literature analysis, policy texts, expert interviews, and grounded theory were used to collect relevant data at home and abroad, and establish an initial evaluation indicator system with 23 indicators covering two dimensions and five aspects. Then the questionnaire survey and factor analysis were used to score and categorize the indicators, and finally an evaluation indicator system for O&M management of mega infrastructure projects was formed. The results show that social relations, environmental benefits, macro policy, and operational capacities play an important role in the evaluation of the O&M of mega infrastructure projects. This study helps the management team to avoid negative impacts in the O&M management of mega infrastructure projects and lays a theoretical foundation for future research. The indicator system in this study is based on the Chinese context, and it remains to be verified whether the indicator system is applicable to other countries due to the differences in political and cultural backgrounds in different regions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9589
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Assessment level
  • Indicator system
  • Mega infrastructure projects
  • Operation and maintenance management


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