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Augenbroe G L M, Lockley S R

Project management issues in remote cad outsourcing

Abstract: The paper addresses the management of CAD outsourcing over Internet. Recent advances in group ware and work flow management tools have made Internet based outsourcing of CAD and GIS production an interesting and potentially viable business prospect. The proliferation of web technology has created the opportunity to distribute work to remote locations (e.g. in developing countries) and thus add to the gamut of electronic commerce opportunities. In fact, recent surveys have shown that many Architecture/Engineering (A/E) firms are already engaging in outsourcing experiments. Many of these experiments have ended in failure, mostly because of lack of proper distant management capabilities and agreed enforceable Quality Assurance (QA) procedures. As a response to 'risky' open partnership outsourcing, companies have started to establish remote affiliated offices to bilaterally manage the outsourcing of projects. This closed partnership approach is deemed less risky as it allows local implementation of established production processes and company styles of the client. The paper deals with the challenges that both types of outsourcing practices pose to the management of remote collaboration.

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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.


Bibby L, Austin S, Bouchlaghem D

Defining an improvement plan to address design management practices within a UK construction company

Abstract: A UK based design and construction civil and building engineering company has entered into a partnership with Loughborough University and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop and deploy design management tools capable of making significant improvements to its design management performance. Before suitable tools could be identified it was necessary to establish the current state of practices within the organisation. This paper describes the methodology, results and conclusions of this initial study. It discusses the current views and approaches to design management within the company, and identify areas where improvement is necessary. Many of these are likely to be relevant to other design organisations. The paper then puts forward a strategy capable of driving change throughout the company. This paper is likely to be of interest to those involved in design management and the development of tools and practices to help the industry improve design management performance.

Keywords: construction, design, management, industry practice, process, tools

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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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Ken Thomas, Brian Graham, Tim McCarthy, Pat Troy, David Crowe

Making an Impact: Improving the use of ICT in a Leading Construction Company Through an Industry-Academia Partnership

Abstract: This paper concerns the improved use of ICT in a leading Irish construction company via an Industry-Academia partnership. The partners are Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and BAM Contractors, who are part of the wider Royal BAM Group based in the Netherlands. The bespoke MSc in Construction Project Management (MScCPM) programme that was developed through this partnership involves a number of modules, including one on ‘ICT in Construction’. The majority of the required assessments on the bespoke programme relate specifically to BAM business activities. BAM saw the benefits of getting the participant either individually or in groups to investigate issues that are of importance to the company. Each assessment was designed and agreed by the relevant WIT Module Leader and the associated BAM Expert in line with the agreed MScCPM framework. The processes of aligning the required programme assessments with topics and problems of direct interest to the company may not always have been straightforward, but the potential befits were clear to all concerned. In the case of the ‘ICT in Construction’ module the WIT Module Leader agreed the topics and approach with the BAM ICT Manager and his team. Essentially the group was divided up into six groups of three people and the other two participants were given individual projects. The group projects concerned the use of COINS, SharePoint, BIM, Project Planning software, ICT on Sites and Mobile ICT Devices. The individual projects related to the use of ICT in two other companies, BAM Nuttall and Suir Engineering. The background to these topics, how they were researched, the publication of the associated reports, the oral presentations to WIT and BAM Senior Management are described in this paper. Most importantly, the subsequent impact of these ICT projects on the BAM people, processes and technologies are also considered.

Keywords: ICT, Construction, Industry-Academia Partnership, Work-Integrated Learning

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