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Carrie Sturts Dossick, Anne Anderson, Nishant Bordia and Laura Osburn

Teaching Technological Leadership in Globally Distributed Teams Working with Building Information Models

Abstract: In this paper, the authors analyse leadership learning in distributed student teams working together on Building Information Models (BIM). This paper includes the curriculum design and learning outcomes for student teams consisting of students from Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT) and the University of Washington (UW), USA. The literature on leadership suggests that with current communication technology, students who seek AEC professional careers need to include technological leadership in their learning. In this paper we explore leadership as a social process learned through experience. We conclude that technological leadership learning does occur in globally distributed student team assignments, and that with a two project approach, students can apply their learning in the second project immediately after learning from the first project.

Keywords: Building Information Modelling, Global Teams, Online Collaboration, Leadership

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0211

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Eden J, Eng C S, McGeorge D

Directions in construction IT strategies in Australia

Abstract: "There is a growing awareness of the value of information and communications technology to bring together the major parties in the construction process and share information in a meaningful way. A number of organisations in Australia are providing leadership and direction through the development and implementation of policies on the use of information technology in the construction industry. These include NSW Government, the Australian Procurement and construction Council (APCC) and the International Alliance for Interoperability ? Australasia Chapter (IAI-AC). In April 1998 the NSW Government launched its discussion paper, Information Technology in Construction setting out propositions as to how information technology could be effectively used to provide value for money for NSW Government capital works procurement by improving communication and teamwork during all phases of design, construction and facilities management. A policy document is to be prepared during early 2000 to further develop and implement the ideas and strategies in the discussion paper. The Australian Procurement and Construction Council with representatives from Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions in Australia, is drafting a framework to provide industry and government agencies with an awareness of issues and to set directions for the take up of information technology. The IAI-AC has adopted a new direction for a broader role in information technology usage rather than just concentrating on the technology tools such as Industry Foundation Classes. This strategy should be developed by February/March 2000. The combined strategies of the NSW Government, the APCC and the IAI-AC crystallise time frames and objectives for the construction industry in terms of IT take up, and what can be achieved by effective communication and information sharing through the whole of a project's life cycle. This paper reviews the current aims and strategies of the three organisations in promoting IT uptake in the Australian construction industry."

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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by Icelandic Building Research Institute. The assistance of the editor, Mr. Gudni Gudnason, is gratefully appreciated


Jesus M. de la Garza, Ignaci Roca, Jennifer Sparrow

Visualization of Failed Highway Assets Through Geo-Coded Pictures in Google Earth and Google Maps

Abstract: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has adopted an innovative highway asset management program known as Performance-Based Road Maintenance. Under the Virginia Tech-VDOT Partnership for Highway Maintenance Monitoring Programs, Virginia Tech’s Center for Highway Asset Management Programs provides independent assessment and technical leadership to support innovations in highway maintenance contracting and asset management practices. In the past, VDOT’s only way of checking a failed asset item was to go out to the field. This was very time consuming, especially if the assets were numerous or far apart. Moreover, it was often difficult to locate a specific asset item failure in a given segment. In other cases, finding the failure was impossible, since the condition of some asset items can change in a short span of time. This paper presents the development of a comprehensive system to display pictures of failed asset items. The major contribution of this system is to provide VDOT a tool to check any failed asset item from any computer with an Internet connection, eliminating the need to go out to the field and visit each individual site. The proposed technologies and processes were implemented as a pilot project in the Staunton South 2009 Maintenance Rating Program Evaluation. Results from the pilot project were used to evaluate how the system can enhance current highway asset management practices.

Keywords: Quality management, building information modeling, civil information modeling, facility management, IFC

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T. Gajendran and G. Brewer

Cultural analysis for ICT integration: Case study analysis of a construction project

Abstract: Culture is considered central to the way an organization forms and performs. In this regard it can be used to understand and explain organizational phenomena including the level of engagement with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The aim of this paper is to discuss the impact of culture on the extent of ICT integration within the context of a construction project, using the cultural analysis framework proposed by Gajendran & Brewer (2007). This framework maps the influence of culture on the seventeen aspects of ICT integration, enabling the assessment of the impact of culture on the extent of ICT integration. Application of this framework requires deciphering the cultural assumptions or beliefs of key project team members. Therefore an ethnographic interview approach, being a commonly accepted data making technique in cultural studies, was used to extract the tacit cultural beliefs. These beliefs are then transformed into the cultural analysis framework to assess the extent of ICT integration. It was found that the ICT engagement in the case study project was dominated by fragmentation arising from a lack of project leadership combined with non-aligned technology. These negative aspects were offset by underlying trust and respect in the project team.

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Tomasz Arciszewski, Danijel Rebolj

Challenges of civil engineering education

Abstract: The paper discusses the present and coming challenges of civil engineering education, including leader-ship, creativity, computing, security, globalization, and climate changes-related challenges. In more general terms, it addresses the fundamental issue of the present focus on mostly quantitative, or numerical, aspects of civil engineering in the context of a shift from art to science in engineering education. The paper proposes a Renaissance in civil engi-neering education through the reinstatement of the lost balance between creativity and leadership on one side and teaching only the analytical knowledge and skills on the other side. Finding such a balance could be accomplished im-plementing the Da Vincian principles in civil engineering education and through the development of a modern holistic body of knowledge in civil engineering. The paper also briefly discusses both the ASCE and the European Union efforts to improve the civil engineering education. Finally, globalization of this education is proposed, which would maximize the utilization of the limited resources and would create a new era of global cooperation.

Keywords: civil engineering education, challenges, balance of art and science, quantitative and qualitative knowl-edge and skills, leadership, creativity, computing, security, globalization, globalization of civil engineering education

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