Supporting pre-tender construction planning with virtual prototyping

Baldwin, Andrew, Li, Heng, Huang, Ting , Kong, , C.W. , Guo, H.L., Chan, Neo , & Wong, Johnny K.W. (2009) Supporting pre-tender construction planning with virtual prototyping. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 16(2), pp. 150-161.

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Purpose – Virtual prototyping technologies linked to building information models are commonplace within the aeronautical and automotive industries. Their use within the construction industry is now emerging. The purpose of this paper is to show how these technologies have been adopted on the pre-tender planning for a typical construction project.

Design/methodology/approach – The research methodology taken was an “action research” approach where the researchers and developers were actively involved in the production of the virtual prototypes on behalf of the contractor thereby gaining consistent access to the decisions of the planning staff. The experiences from the case study were considered together with similar research on other construction projects.

Findings – The findings from the case studies identify the role of virtual prototyping in components modelling, site modelling, construction equipment modelling, temporary works modelling, construction method visualization and method verification processes.

Originality/value – The paper presents a state-of-the-art review and discusses the implications for the tendering process as these technologies are adopted. The adoption of the technologies will lead to new protocols and changes in the procurement of buildings and infrastructure.

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ID Code: 26286
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Construction operations, Modelling, Prototypes, Simulation, Tendering
DOI: 10.1108/09699980910938028
ISSN: 1365-232X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2010 22:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:58

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