Information technology support to improved construction processes : inter-disciplinarity in research and practice

Marshall-Ponting, Amanda, Lee, Ange, Betts, Martin, Aouad, Ghassan, Cooper, Rachel, & Sexton, Martin (2002) Information technology support to improved construction processes : inter-disciplinarity in research and practice. In Anson, M., Ko, J.M., & Lam, E.S.S. (Eds.) Proceeding of the International Conference on Advances in Building Technology, 4-6 December 2002, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.


Research and innovation in the built environment is increasingly taking on an inter-disciplinary nature. The built environment industry and professional practice have long adopted multi and inter-disciplinary practices. The application of IT in Construction is moving beyond the automation and replication of discrete mono and multi-disciplinary tasks to replicate and model the improved inter-disciplinary processes of modern design and construction practice. A major long-term research project underway at the University of Salford seeks to develop IT modelling capability to support the design of buildings and facilities that are buildable, maintainable, operable, sustainable, accessible, and have properties of acoustic, thermal and business support performance that are of a high standard. Such an IT modelling tool has been the dream of the research community for a long time. Recent advances in technology are beginning to make such a modelling tool feasible.-----

Some of the key problems with its further research and development, and with its ultimate implementation, will be the challenges of multiple research and built environment stakeholders sharing a common vision, language and sense of trust. This paper explores these challenges as a set of research issues that underpin the development of appropriate technology to support realisable advances in construction process improvements.

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ID Code: 25862
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Construction process improvement, Inter-disciplinarity, Multi-disciplinarity, Construction IT, nD Modelling, Trust, Multi-criteria decision making
ISBN: 9780080441009
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Elsevier
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2009 23:21
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:22

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