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Paper w78-2000-907:
Integrated design system to support partnering practice in the water industry

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Sun M, Aouad G, Bakis N, Swan W

Integrated design system to support partnering practice in the water industry

Abstract: "CONTEXT The Egan report on the UK construction has identified the traditional competitive tendering as one of the main causes for the poor performance of the industry. It recommends the use of supply chain Partnering to deliver valuable performance improvements. Partnering involves two or more organisations working together to improve performance through agreeing mutual objectives, devising a way for resolving any disputes and committing themselves to continuous improvement, measuring progress and sharing the gains. To realise the full potential of partnering it is necessary to implement an effective and reliable information infrastructure in support of integrated information management and exchange in the project process. This paper describes an on-going research project, GALLICON, funded by the Department of Environment, Transport and Regions (DETR) and a consortium of companies who are involved in the design and construction of water treatment plants in the UK. Its main aim is to develop an integrated design system which facilitates the collaboration and information sharing between partnering organisations during the design of water treatment plants. OBJECTIVES AND METHODOLOGY The challenge for this study is not only to develop new technical solutions but also to ensure the solutions can bring immediate benefits to water treatment projects in practice. To achieve the research aim, works are being carried out in the following areas: Business process analysis. Case studies are used to analyse the business process of the design of water treatment plants. The IDEF0 formalism is adopted to decompose the sub-processes and their inter-dependence. The analysis also identified the functional requirements of the targeted integrated design system to support the main activities of layout design, specification, cost estimation and project planning. Prototype development. A rapid prototype approach is used to implement an integrated design system prototype for water treatment plants. The prototype has the capability of supporting interdisciplinary information exchange and distributed collaboration. Benchmarking benefits. To ascertain the business benefits of the developed system, a benchmarking case study will be conducted in which the design practice will be compared using the new system and the traditional systems. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS GALLICON is an on-going research project. At present, an initial prototype has been developed which consists of an integrated project database, a Process Manager and interfaces to four third party AEC software packages of CAD, Cost Estimating, Project Planning and VRML browser. The database provides a central consistent repository for project information. The included AEC applications communicate with the database through purpose-built data mapping interfaces. The operation of the system is controlled by the Process Manager implemented on the basis of business process models developed through the business process analysis task. GALLICON is an attempt to apply integrated project database to water treatment projects. This paper described the prototyping experience of GALLICON, including product and process modelling, implementation of the integrated project database, and benefits benchmarking of such a system."



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