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Complex Infrastructure Projects by Anthony Holmes

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Chapter 3: Complicated or Complex –what is the difference?

The instability and unpredictability of a project increases in proportion to its complexity. Generally we underestimate the complexity of constructing modern infrastructure facilities and disregard the distinction between these and the complicated projects that preceded them. The difference is a principal theme of this book. We begin by examining the turning points that mark the transitions from simple to complicated and then to complex.

The progression from simple to complicated is characterised by the number of constituent parts within the project, with complicated projects consisting of many more elements. Complicated projects can be described as a combination of simple constituent ...

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