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Clarke P

Effectiveness of I.T. in computerised maintenance management: a longitudinal study of the analysis of phenomenological perceptions.

Abstract: The longitudinal study was conducted in a public sector building construction maintenance management environment where a new computerised maintenance management system is in use in New South Wales, Australia. The aims of this longitudinal, empirical research are to examine the phenomenological perceptions of both asset managers and support or ancillary staff using qualitative and quantitative analysis for the purpose of assessing efficiency of information technology in a public sector building construction maintenance management environment and to develop a framework technique that will be useful to investigate such fundamental facets as efficiency of training and information technology, the effect of information technology on human relations within the workplace, the perceived impact of information technology on the efficiency of occupational performance, and a summative evaluation of information technology in the asset management environment. Empirical investigation was carried out through structured interview with both management and support staff within a public sector asset management organisation, subsequent to the introduction of a new computerised maintenance management system in the environment being studied. The data was analysed through unpaired t-tests between asset managers and support staff, and dichotomous questions for experienced versus inexperienced employees and employees as differentiated by age. The tentative results of the analysis revealed that both asset managers and support staff perceive information technology as beneficial in terms of both qualitative and quantitative outcomes. Individuals from both levels of the environment being studied exhibited phenomenological perceptions of information technology that were particularly favourable and overall were consistent with the conclusions of researchers who had observed information technology’s benefits in terms of other quantitative and qualitative outcomes together with a comparable study of this environment carried out previously. Differences between the two studies indicate a reduction in the significance of the differences between the two groups regarding satisfaction with information technology as a whole. Further research is suggested in customer satisfaction, productivity levels and the interaction between perceptions and outcomes.

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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


Clayton M J, Johnson R E, Song Y

Operations documents: addressing the information needs of facility managers

Abstract: We have reviewed intranet technologies as a strategy for improving the availability and quality of building information to support operations. Discussions with facility managers and design consultants have revealed problems with the as-built documents that are typically provided by the AEC team. Experiments with intranet technologies have led us to a concept of just-in-time operations documents that can be implemented using Web technology. The paper examines formats, structure and content for these operations documents. It describes an early prototype implementation that tested the feasibility of our concepts.

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Class: class.store (0.020195) class.collaboration (0.018574) class.strategies (0.012881)
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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the Research Press of the National Research Council of Canada. The support of the editors, particularly Dr. Dana Vanier, is gratefully appreciated.


Costin A,Shaak A,Teizer J,Pfeffer G,Khanzode A,Saripally D,Chao O,Schoner B,Shah S

Passive RFID-based asset tracking and project management on a large hospital project

Abstract: As construction job sites get larger and more complex, the need to increase building protocol control and safety is becoming more necessary. Having a real-time tracking system for materials, equipment and personnel of a job site will help project managers to enhance the safety, security, quality control, and worker logistics of a construction project. In this paper we will present the method of integrating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for real-time tracking of materials, equipment, and personnel. The purpose is to generate real-time data to monitor for safety, security, quality control, and worker logistics, and to produce leading indicators for safety and building protocol control. The concept of reference tags will be utilized along with a cloud server, mobile field devices, and software to assist the project managers with staying connected with the job site, from supply chain management to installation. Hardware components include RFID tags, portal RFID readers, fixed turn-style readers, and mobile handheld devices. The system was deployed on a 900 thousand square feet hospital project that consisted of three major buildings, 125 contractors, and 1,200 workers. Preliminary results show that the integration of these technologies enhances productivity, reduces scheduling issues, assists in subcontractor management, and provides real-time information on deployed crews and building activities. High-level metrics have been developed at the project and large contractor level. Additionally, the system also provided real-time information on local worker participation as part of the project goal. Based on experimental analysis, we demonstrate that the RFID and BIM system is a practical and resourceful tool to provide real-time information and location tracking to increase safety, security, and building protocol control.

Keywords: Asset tracking,Building information modeling (BIM),Building protocol,Cloud Server,Human resources,Passive radio frequency identification (RFID),Project management,Quality control,Safety,Security,Worker Logistics

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Couzens A, Thorpe T, Skitmore M

Executive information system for construction contract ridding decisions

Abstract: This paper describes the development of an integrated Executive Information System (EIS) for supporting construction executives and senior managers strategic information requirements. The system focuses on the provision of organisational and external market information for contract bidding decisions. The system uses a proprietary microcomputer based EIS development environment to access ' synthetic ' data structures representing the LAN architecture of a typical construction firm. This paper explains the theory and technologies related to the development of such systems. This is followed by a general discussion of the analysis techniques adopted for development and definition of the system. The bulk of the paper relates to a description of the proposed prototype system and its application. The system itself serves as a nucleus for access to a variety of data providing strategic information for contract bidding decisions. The development methodologies and the resulting prototype serve as a template for development of similar EIS and Visual Information Access (VIA) systems in a wider executive and senior manager information support role.

Keywords: contract bidding; tender adjudication; strategic information; executive support system; information scanning

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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the National University of Singapore. The assistance of the editors, particularly Prof. Martin Betts, is gratefully appreciated.


Cox S, Perdomo J, Thabet W

Construction field data inspection using pocket PC technology

Abstract: Construction projects are characterized by the large amount of data that needs to be collected, processed, and exchanged among the different project participants. Collection of construction inspection data, in particular, allows field personnel to monitor project performance with the ultimate goal of improving productivity and lowering costs. Current practices for recording and filing of field inspection data are mainly paper-based. This manual process using paper forms is a time consuming and tedious task. Not only is the clerical expense of this process very high, but also the organization and review of the information commands an inordinate amount of time by a project manager, of which most managers posses very little. Continuous evolvement and improvements of the Pocket PC and its hardware/software technologies, including more powerful processors, smaller storage devices, higher quality displays, and wide availability of third party application software, have made it possible for these devices to become stand alone systems with powerful functional capabilities. Because of their high mobility characteristics due to their small size and light weight, Pocket PCs can be used in the construction field to perform various tasks including recording of inspection data. This paper describes an application for automating the collection process of field inspection data using Pocket PCs. The application allows for recording, processing, and distribution of quality compliance inspection information of various tasks performed in the field. The application is developed using HandBaseTM database software from DDH Software, Inc. and is implemented using a Compaq iPAQ H3870 Pocket PC.

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Class: class.man-man (0.013437) class.software-software (0.008948) class.store (0.005362)
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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. The assistnace of the editor, Prof. Kristian Agger, is gratefully aprecciated.


D. Zuppa & Raja R.A. Issa

ALIGNING INTERESTS KEY TO DEVELOPING TRUST IN DEPLOYING COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN CONSTRUCTION

Abstract: The importance of trust in construction is well documented especially when the desire is to encourage people to work as a team and to collaborate on construction projects using diverse information technologies. Trust is an integral component of effective teams, successful partnering, and implementing new technology. Building and maintaining trust between contracting parties can lower costs, improve performance and minimize disputes. Construction literature has discussed the types of trust, dimensions of trust and trust building tools. However, a need exists to further explore the importance of aligning the interests of contracting parties. Aligning interests are in addition to the traditional critical success factors for construction projects (profit, cost, schedule, quality). Trust is a state of mind that is strengthened or weakened as each party’s hierarchical and subjective interests are supported or challenged. This paper presents an integrated trust model and describes strategies aimed to build and maintain trust in construction when using collaborative technologies. The model further demonstrates that project managers using a specified strategy and system to elicit, monitor and align collaborative interests , in addition to other traditional measures of project success, can improve the likelihood of building and maintaining trust in deploying collaborative technologies in construction.

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Dana J Vanier

Opportunities for Integrated ICT in the Management of Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure

Abstract: This position paper will attempt to provide the audience with a high-level picture of opportunities for integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the management of sustainable municipal infrastructure. It will provide both an overall view of the opportunities that exist, followed by a proposal for a practical and feasible implementation (one that can be implemented by a limited number of researchers). In fact, there are many opportunities available in this domain today and a wide selection of feasible implementations. This position paper and the proposed work stems from the need to develop decision support tools for municipal asset managers within the context of the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Planning Project (MIIP - www.nrc.ca/irc/uir/miip). MIIP is joint research project currently sponsored by the National Research Council of Canada and a number of Canadian municipalities.

Keywords: Infrastructure Product Models, GIS, Asset Management

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De la Hoz Sánchez D, Ballester Muñoz F

Internet strategies. it's time for the 'silent' internet.

Abstract: Internet is here to stay and guide the transition to the Information and Knowledge Society, as abreakthrough model, and as a tool for managing current businesses more efficiently. This is arevolution but also an evolution that has to do with the interiorization of Internet: what we call'Business Internetisation'. It's a silent, but firm process of transforming companies to a digitalcontext. This is part of I-CONSneT investigation project that will present a competitive scenariodescription for construction companies in the new economy.This paper reviews, based on I-CONSneT, the new competitive context and formulates an integralInternet strategy to help managers clarify and negotiate this new business scenario, entering on the'Internetisation' era. The paper also reviews Spanish construction initiatives on e-business.

Keywords: Internet, e-business, I-strategy, 'Internetisation', e-culture, 'silent' transformation, digitalbusiness, I-experience, e-business future.

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Dikbas A, Morten B, Bayramoglu V, Yitmen I

An integrated decision-support system model for construction management executives

Abstract: In recent years, with the increasing popularity of the World Wide Web, integrated data management tools have enabled organizations to automate their management information systems. The application of information technology (IT) in the construction industry mainly involves planning, monitoring, reporting and similar managerial functions that, in unison, support effective decision-making. Istanbul Technical University's Project Management Center (ITU-PMC), was established as a research institution under the ITU Rectorate, with the main aim of planning, executing and controlling all construction projects within the university campus. One of the initial activities undertaken by the ITU-PMC, in enabling an efficient and effective management system was a research project concerning Management Information Systems for ITU Construction Projects. The objective of this project was to develop an integrated data management tool including decision-support utilities for communicating, organizing and managing project information using web-based technology and the network. This paper describes the model that was developed to enable the effective management of ITU's campus construction projects. The model entails an automated system for the effective management of multiple construction projects, enabling efficient budget utilization by offering an elaborate decision-support system for executive managers.

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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the Research Press of the National Research Council of Canada. The support of the editors, particularly Dr. Dana Vanier, is gratefully appreciated.


Dimitra Chondrogianni, Christos Gioldasis and Yorgos Stephanedes

Low-Cost Fleet Management Solutions in the Framework of Emerging Markets

Abstract: Implementation of ITS solutions in the emerging market of Egypt is at an early stage, yet has made significant progress. In the framework of PHAROS project, low-cost smart solutions have been developed for fleet managers to facilitate efficient route choices and eco-driving that minimize fuel consumption and carbon emissions. These solutions were integrated in an existing fleet management system. This paper presents the theoretical and practical formulation of the rescheduling component added to the already existing fleet management system. The rescheduling component is based on the development of an eco-path that considers the "cost" between two consecutive nodes. By the term "cost", more parameters such as path length, travel time, operating costs, energy consumption required for each route, are taken into account. Based on the above decision-routing parameters, through the use of a routing algorithm, the optimal path between the origin and the destination node is proposed.

Keywords: ITS, Fleet Management, Rescheduling, Emerging Markets

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