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Improving information flow within the production management system with web services

Dave, B, Boddy, SC and Koskela, LJ 2010, Improving information flow within the production management system with web services , in: 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 14-16 July 2010, Haifa, Israel.

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    Abstract

    The efficiency of the production planning and control process in construction depends significantly on the reliability and timely availability of resource information. The Last Planner system for production control mandates that a construction task should not be started unless all the seven resource prerequisites are in satisfactory condition. Failure to do so results in wasteful processes. However, this information is not readily available due to the lack of systems integration that prevails within the industry. Current implementations of the last planner system mostly rely on the team leaders‘ and foreman‘s ability to gather the required information for the weekly planning meetings and also for the look-ahead planning. However, much time is wasted chasing relevant information due to the above-mentioned problems. Also, the reliability of planning could be much improved if there is a system available, which aggregates resource information from various project stakeholders in one place. In such a situation, web services could provide an ideal platform for integration as they provide a flexible way to integrate disparate systems, with choreography based on identified business processes drawn from Last Planner and implemented using BPMN/BPEL. With the improvement in connectivity as a result of better availability of high speed Internet through mobile and fixed networks, there is a better opportunity for information integration through web services. A conceptual framework based on web services is put forward which aims to improve the information flow within the industry and provide the right information at the right time to enable better planning and control within the production system.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction process integration, ICT in construction, Construction efficiency
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
    Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155-194 Production management. Operations management
    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: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
    Publisher: National Building Research Institute, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: LJ Koskela
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 16:28
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:20
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    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9581

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