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Improving value generation in the design process of industrial projects using CAVT

Rischmoller, L, Alarcón, LF and Koskela, LJ 2006, 'Improving value generation in the design process of industrial projects using CAVT' , Journal of Management in Engineering, 22 (2) , pp. 52-60.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents research results that describe how value generation can be improved in the design process of industrial projects when using computer advanced visualization tools (CAVT). The CAVT concept definition, prior studies about impacts of CAVT, and why they are not sufficient are presented in the paper, supporting the assertion that the extensive attention to technology instead of to the context of technology application and the lack of a conceptual framework has prevented some prior research about CAVT impacts to truly focus in ideas about how to improve engineering and construction processes. Combining production theory and lean construction principles with information technology (IT), a framework for understanding the impacts of CAVT developed as part of the research is proposed. Illustration of the use of the framework in a case study and research validation activities leads to analytic generalization of the research results.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Design; Information technology (IT); Construction industry; Computer software.
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
    Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
    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: Journal of Management in Engineering
    Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0742-597X
    Depositing User: LJ Koskela
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2010 10:16
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:19
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9371

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