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nD modelling - a driver or enabler for construction improvement?

Lee, A, Aouad, G, Cooper, R, Fu, C, Marshall-Ponting, AJ, Tah, JHM and Wu, S 2005, 'nD modelling - a driver or enabler for construction improvement? ' , RICS Research Paper Series, RICS, London, 5 (6) , pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

The terms ‘nD modelling’ and ‘nD CAD’ are becoming escalating idioms associated with ICT-based (information communication technologies) building design; a concept which has been heightened by the £0.5 million funded 3D to nD modelling project at the University of Salford. An nD model is an extension of the building information model that incorporates multi-aspects of design information required at each stage of the lifecycle of a building facility. This paper will explore the concept of nD modelling, lay out the nD modelling opportunities and barriers for implementation within a business context, and conclude by examining whether it can be applied industry-wide or remain a PR tool for the big players in the industry. The issues surrounding nD-enabled construction are not just technological, but also and cultural, human and process related. The paper suggests that the nD modelling approach is ideal, but not achievable in the short term, largely due to the industry’s unwillingness to work together in an interdisciplinary way.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: RICS Research Paper Series, RICS, London
Publisher: RICS
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1464-648X
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007 15:36
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/621

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