The promotion of sustainability agenda for infrastructure development through knowledge management

Yuan, Mei & Yang, Jay (2008) The promotion of sustainability agenda for infrastructure development through knowledge management. In Naaranoja, Marja, Otter, Adden, Prins, Matthijs, Karvonen, Anu, & Raasakka, Ville (Eds.) Joint CIB 2008 Conference for Performance and Knowledge Management, June 3-4, 2008, Helsinki, Finland.

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Sustainability is being recognized as an integral part of business operation and industry development. However in the construction industry, the gap between advancement of research and real life applications in actual projects is still significant. For infrastructure projects, which can typically cause major disturbance to the natural environment, span over a long duration, require a multitude of professionals, and consume significant amount of resources, drawing close relevance to all facets of sustainability and ensuring maximum level of exposure on sustainable agenda and actions is imperative. To date, this has not been achieved to full potential due to a variety of reasons. One of the major obstacles is the inability among stakeholders to agree on, capture, disseminate and apply the knowledge required to improve sustainability during infrastructure development. Therefore, there is a need for an integrated framework to incorporate sustainability issues within the infrastructure construction process.

Knowledge management (KM) has been proven as a valuable tool for construction innovation. This paper introduces a research project aimed at establishing a knowledge framework for sustainable infrastructure development and using KM principles to raise. It discusses the identification and capture of decision making processes most appropriate to encapsulating the sustainability criteria for infrastructure, dealing with one-off project nature, multi-disciplinary teams, dynamic participation, and reliance on past experience and historical data. It also introduces the specific KM based approaches to promote the consistent application and measurement of sustainability criteria.

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ID Code: 14522
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: sustainability, construction, infrastructure, knowledge management, project management
ISBN: 9789517584920
ISSN: 0356-9403
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified (090599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > AGRICULTURE LAND AND FARM MANAGEMENT (070100) > Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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