Project Risk Case Study

In this assignment, you are tasked to investigate a case study answer questions related to your learning journey throughout this module.

Individual Report 2

Task type: Individual Report

Word count: 2,500 words

Submission method: Upload your assignment through the submission portal at the bottom of this page. All submissions are automatically submitted through Turnitin.

Task: Case Study Background

Coventry rail station is one of the fastest growing stations outside of London. To meet travellers’ needs for capacity and accessibility, an £82 million redevelopment was initiated by Coventry City Council in partnership with Network Rail, Virgin Trains, Transport for West Midlands, Friargate Coventry, and other stakeholders. This project commenced in 2015 and was to be completed in time for Coventry being the UK City of Culture in 2021.

The upgrades include the following:

  • A second footbridge for all platforms and extended platform canopies.
  • A second station entrance building, providing step free access to platforms.
  • A 633 capacity multi-story car park.
  • A bus interchange in connection to the station building.
  • Road improvements, including a new road connecting Central Six directly to the Ring Road and improvements to create additional capacity on Warwick Road.
  • A new bay platform (this means set in off the main line so it does not impede direct London trains) to enable two trains per hour between Coventry and Nueaton.

Work has commenced on the footbridge and canopies. An extension is a new platform at Coventry Station, allowing the rail service to increase frequency from one train per hour to two. Nevertheless, the project has faced some setbacks, which has prompted for a scope reduction to keep costs under control. Risk register is partly completed. See the appendix for the risk register.


Individual work (do not collaborate with other students)

Question 1 (10 points)

Prepare a power-interest grid for relevant stakeholders and discuss different types of stakeholders in this project.

Question 2 (20 points)

Prepare a Risk Breakdown Structure (RBS) for this project, and discuss possible categories of risks.

Discuss a project risk management plan for this project.

Question 3 (20 points)

Prepare a detailed likelihood-impact risk matrix using risk register in the Appendix, identify the five most important risks to the project. Discuss your selection based on likelihood, impact, the risk category in your RBS, and more generally which of the three success factors (time, cost, and quality) are affected.

Question 4 (20 points)

For each of these five risks you identified, present one mitigation and one contingency plan, based on your judgment. Identify trigger events (when to act) for both mitigation and contingencies. Discuss whether your mitigations will transfer, avoid or reduce risk.

Question 5 (20 points)

What is the mean for Probability, Impact and Composite Risk Index (CRI) in the risk register in Appendix? What is the coefficient of variation for CRI in the risk register in the Appendix? Discuss the implications of values of the mean and coefficient of variation value for CRI in this project. For the given risk register, draw an interval histogram for CRI and comment about obtained histogram.

Question 6 (10 points)

Select two of the risk IDs in the risk register and recommend a risk monitoring and control method for that particular risk. Discuss how you would implement your selected method on the selected risk. Discuss the risk management in the lifetime of this project.

Submission Instructions

  1. Upload your completed assignment below before the end of week 8.
  2. The word count for this assignment is 2,500 words.
  3. Penalty for late submission: Standard penalties apply.
  4. This assignment contributes 60% to your overall module grade.
  5. This assignment requires online submission only, and you are required to submit your report once (i.e., your first submission is the final submission). The assignment will be checked for plagiarism.
  6. The Harvard referencing style is currently used by the Management School. Make sure your referencing style is correct and consistent. We encourage you to use up to ten academic references to support your answers.

Appendix Risk Register:

Schema Generic

Risk IDStatusRisk titleRisk DescriptionImpact / Modelling NoteRisk MeasureProbabilityImpactRiskMitigationRisk Owner
REF005OpenNew Equipment failsNew equipment (e.g. cable joints) fails when commissioning the new systemRepair time will impact on commissioningProgramme delay cost23
REF006OpenSpecialist staffSpecialist staff required to undertake the works may be unavailableSpecialist staff may be required and they are booked in advanceProgramme delay cost34
REF018OpenFreight OperationsUnable to rationalise current freight/passenger operations to achieve business case capacityScheme not viableProgramme objectives24
REF002OpenLate possessionsPossessions granted late by NWR authority, works cannot be completed during possessionAdditional shift costs if possessions lostCost42
REF004OpenEstimating uncertaintyThere is uncertainty in the rates/quantities included in the base cost-10% to +40% on construction/labour costsCost34
REF010OpenInfrastructure damageExisting infrastructure may be damaged during constructionCost of repairing/ replacing damaged equipmentCost13
REF013OpenPolluted groundUncertain extent/ activity of ground contamination (e.g. PCBs)Cost of treatment/ disposal different from expectedCost52
REF015OpenSignalling RecordsAvailability of signalling records and resource to undertake any modificationsCost of regenerating signalling records & parallel designCost51
REF016OpenRetail TelecomsLack of capacity of existing retail telecoms control centre to accommodate additional requirements at proposed new and altered stationsIncreased scheme costs for upgrading existing control centres. Moderate demand requirementsCost22
REF017OpenCable DivsersionsRequirement to relocate/ divert general line side signalling and telecommunication assetsIncreased cost of diversion/protection and timescales for Signalling Maintenance Testing Handbook (SMTH) procedures. Cables routes evident at all locationsCost33
REF019OpenTheft and vandalismTheft and vandalism disrupts worksCost of replacing damaged/ stolen assets (Max equipment stolen prior to a major possession)Cost32
REF023OpenSite clearanceAdditional site clearance costs (vegetation)May be necessary to pay for removal of vegetationCost21
REF024OpenFly tippingMay be necessary to remove fly tipping materialsAdditional cost of removal and disposal21
REF025OpenJapanese knotweedMay be necessary to remove Japanese KnotweedAdditional costs of specialist removalCost21
REF026OpenSSSIWorking in close proximity to a site of special scientific interest (e.g. Sand eels must not be disturbed)Cost of specialist consultantsCost11
REF028OpenSafety caseIssues associated with safety case approvalsCost of design changes to satisfy Department of TransportCost32
REF029OpenInterfacing ProjectsPlanned interfacing enhancement/ renewal schemesModification to NUCKLE design to accommodate interfacing designs21
REF001OpenWeatherExceptionally adverse weather occurs (while constructing)Failure to achieve productivity, inability to get materials or labour to siteSchedule23

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