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Activity awareness as an enabler for communication and network building in construction design teams

Boddy, SC, Rezgui, Y, Cooper, GS and Wetherill, M 2010, 'Activity awareness as an enabler for communication and network building in construction design teams' , Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 24 (5) , pp. 430-440.

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Abstract

The paper reports on ongoing research into the facilitation of communication in distributed design teams of the type typically encountered in the construction sector. Ideas around social aspects in such design teams are discussed followed by our previous research efforts as an evolutionary process that has led us to develop in this direction. It is argued that facilitating timely and contextually grounded communication in a distributed environment can help to build the social networks and associated social capital common in collocated design teams but often absent in distributed ones. We describe our framework for providing such facilitation through monitoring and awareness of the information “space” of a construction project. We believe that by leveraging the relationships in the information space, we can go some way to identifying those individuals who would benefit from developing interpersonal relations in their work and further by exploiting those relationships in real time we can accelerate the formation of personal social networks and social capital between those individuals.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Computer Networking & Telecommunications Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0887-3801
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: SC Boddy
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 20:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/9976

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