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Paper w78-2005-p4-3-yeomans:
Provisions for proficient Construction Project Extranet Protocols to facilitate Collaborative Extranet Working

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SG Yeomans, NM Bouchlaghem & A El-Hamalawi

Provisions for proficient Construction Project Extranet Protocols to facilitate Collaborative Extranet Working

Abstract: Construction teams within the industry are recurrently adopting Construction Project Extranet (CPE) systems to facilitate project integration and collaboration. When deciding to adopt a CPE, it is important to support their use with a clearly defined Construction Project Extranet Protocol (CPEP). Prior investigations found that the principal cause of their inefficient use was associated with missing, or poorly developed protocols. Project teams also cited the lack of a generic industry standard as the main reason for not being able to produce practicable CPEPs. This paper reports on the findings of a study, to establish the main requirements for development of a proficient CPEP and investigate the need for a generic toolkit to aid project teams. It identifies the key issues to be considered, along with the findings of a survey on current CPEPs. The paper concludes by proposing a set of recommendations for improving the way in which CPEP are produced.

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