Project Controls – A Definition


By : Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd

The purpose of this White Paper is to offer a concise definition of project controls2. Project controls is a function (not a job description) and any one person may fulfil parts or all of the function as defined and include other allied function such as various aspects of contract and project administration within their particular job description.

The project controls function is defined as:

Project controls are the data gathering, management and analytical processes used to predict, understand and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of a project or program; through the communication of information in formats that assist effective governance, management and decision making.


This definition encompasses all stages of a project or program’s lifecycle from the initial estimating needed to ‘size’ a proposed project, through to reflective learning (lessons learned) and the forensic analysis needed to understand the causes of failure (and develop claims).

The functions undertaken by project controls professionals includes estimating future works, determining the current status of work in progress, understanding the reasons for this status and recommending appropriate actions or alternatives based on the observed status and trends. Within this framework, for a recommendation or prediction to be useful, the reliability of the information upon which it is based needs to be understood, and additionally, any realistic estimate or forecast must take into account uncertainty and the cost and time consequences of identified risk events.

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