Optimism bias evaluation and decision-making risk forecast on bridge project cost based on reference class forecasting: Evidence from China

Huimin Liu, Canhui Jiang, Yan Liu, Marcel Hertogh, Xue Lyu

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Abstract

The high uncertainty of megaproject results in increasing complexity in the decisionmaking and ultimately leads to different degrees of cost overrun and project delays. One of the critical reasons for cost overrun and delay is the optimism bias of decision makers. Although the previous literature has analyzed the cost overrun distribution of bridges, roads and other infrastructure projects, there is still a lack of research on how to make more reasonable decisions according to the cost overrun risk and cost-benefit theory by considering the expectation of cost overrun. Therefore, this paper firstly measures optimism bias by conducting the field research and interviews regarding over 30 long bridges in China. On the basis of the optimism bias measure, a decision-making risk model of bridge projects with the expectation of cost overrun has been built. Then the paper takes Hangzhou Bay Bridge as an example to discuss the influence of cost overrun predication, implicit benefits and the project's operation time on NPV results. Moreover, the probability of project unbuildability risk under different degrees of cost optimism bias has also been discussed. Finally, suggestions for risk forecast are provided for decision-makers to make more objective and comprehensive judgments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3981
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Cost overrun
  • Decision making
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Optimism bias
  • Project risk
  • Reference class forecasting

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