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

Marshall-Ponting, AJ, Lee, A, Betts, M, Aouad, G, Cooper, R and Sexton, M 2002, Information technology support to improved construction processes: Inter-disciplinarity in research and practice , in: Advances in Building Technology Conference., 4th-6th December 2002, Hong Kong.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction process improvement; inter-disciplinarity; multi-disciplinarity; construction IT; nD modelling; trust; multi-criteria decision making
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Advances in Building Technology Conference.
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: Dr Amanda Marshall-Ponting
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 17:11
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 00:03

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