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Addressing Security in the Early Stages of the Project Life Cycle



Benjamin Matthews, Jonathan Sylvie, Edd Gibson, Stephen R. Thomas, Robert E. Chapman, Sang-Hoon Lee


This article summarizes the first phase of a three-phase research effort to develop and deploy best practices for project security on industrial projects. It shows how to address security early in the project life cycle and its impacts on the capital facility delivery process. Three dimensions of security for capital projects are examined physical, personnel, and information and linked to the key concepts of threats, consequences, and vulnerability assessment. A select set of industry best practices provides the basis for integrating security into the project delivery process. The article outlines the methodology for updating best practices to include security. It includes a brief description of each practice and documents the key updates for incorporating security-related considerations into the practice. Security implications to the project delivery process are provided as well as recommendations to industry.
Journal of Management and Engineering - ASCE


alignment, capital facilities, design, industrial, materials management, project management, project planning, security, startup


Matthews, B. , Sylvie, J. , Gibson, E. , Thomas, S. , Chapman, R. and Lee, S. (2006), Addressing Security in the Early Stages of the Project Life Cycle, Journal of Management and Engineering - ASCE (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created July 31, 2006, Updated October 12, 2021