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The role of the HyCon design-support tool in elevating hybrid concrete as a design option for structural frames

Sexton, MG, Goulding, JS, Zhang, X, Kagioglou, M, Aouad, G, Cooper, R and Barrett, PS 2005, 'The role of the HyCon design-support tool in elevating hybrid concrete as a design option for structural frames' , Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 12 (6) , pp. 568-586.

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Abstract

Purpose " The purpose of this paper is to identify interdependent barriers to the search and selection of new technologies by design engineers at industry, organisation and individual levels. A "proof of concept"? HyCon tool is presented to demonstrate the role of information technology design support tools in supporting designers to overcome these inhibitors, in this case for hybrid concrete, by providing immersive and interactive, information-rich environments to explore design solutions. Design/methodology/approach " The HyCon tool was developed through a prototyping methodology encompassing a testing, analysis, design and coding iterative cycle. This was supported by case studies and industry workshops. Findings " The results of a collaborative research project are presented, which describes the HyCon design support tool to promote the understanding and use of hybrid concrete in structural frames. This tool is built around a knowledge creation, application, storage, and retrieval cycle to envision and support the use of this new technology. Originality/value " This paper fulfils an identified need to integrate technology management and design process considerations within the context of an information technology design support tool, and offers a "proof of concept"? HyCon tool to demonstrate key issues and potential utilities and applications.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA076 Computer software
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: Engineering Construction and Architectural Management
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0969-9988
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2007 13:26
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/704

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