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Paper w78-2008-2-07:
A VISION FOR A FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT MANAGEMENT OF AND LEARNING FROM CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS

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Tarek Elghamrawy, Frank Boukamp

A VISION FOR A FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT MANAGEMENT OF AND LEARNING FROM CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS

Abstract:Construction projects are information-intensive. The availability of integrated project data and the recording of such data throughout the construction process are essential not only for project monitoring, but also to build a repository of historical project information that can be used to improve future project performance. This paper describes ongoing research and proposes a knowledge-based framework that uses ontological engineering to help retrieve and disseminate construction engineers’ tacit knowledge in managing on-site construction problems. A Problem/Action (P/A) model is presented to describe the relationships between relevant concepts describing a P/A pair. The ontology-driven search mechanisms implemented will enable users to query for P/A pairs based on the related “concepts” rather than on mere “keywords” used to describe the problems. The authors expect that the envisioned framework will enable standardized storage and retrieval of construction problems/actions knowledge and apply an automated, semantic reasoning process to manage reported knowledge. This would allow construction engineers to better share and use corporate knowledge when searching for appropriate actions to remedy on-site construction problems. The shared knowledge is also expected to help better predict the impacts of remediation actions in a project life cycle, positively affecting their cost and schedule ramifications.

Keywords:Construction problems, Reasoning mechanisms, Ontologies, Learning, Knowledge Management, Construction Industry

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