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nD modelling for collaborative working in construction

Aouad, G, Lee, A and Wu, S 2006, 'nD modelling for collaborative working in construction' , Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 1 (1) , pp. 33-44.

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Abstract

There is currently an abundance of research into new and emerging issues in IT to improve construction practice. Some of these initiatives have become buzzwords and have failed to deliver, largely because of a lack of a scientific foundation for construction IT research in general. This paper addresses the issue of nD modelling at the University of Salford. nD modelling is a research topic that has started to gain momentum and interest worldwide. This paper examines nD modelling opportunities within a business context; the issues surrounding nD are not just technological, but also cultural, human and process related. The nD modelling approach can assist in bringing various participants in the construction project together, but the willingness to work together in an interdisciplinary way is questionable. The research at Salford proves that the nD modelling approach is ideal, but not achievable in the short term for various reasons that will be explored in this paper. The findings are based on four workshops run over 18 months to explore the opportunities that nD modelling can offer to the construction sector. The nD prototype tool is also presented, as tested on the new Lowry extension building.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nD modelling, nD CAD, IFC, construction IT
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
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: Architectural Engineering and Design Management
Publisher: James and James
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 17452007
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 13:15
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/697

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