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Paper w78-2009-1-16:
A Theoretical and Practical Assessment of Open Source Development and Dissemination of Construction IT Solutions

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T. Hartmann & N. Hartmann

A Theoretical and Practical Assessment of Open Source Development and Dissemination of Construction IT Solutions

Abstract:Many Construction IT systems do not adequately support the complex and frequently changing business processes on architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) projects. To improve this situation there is the immanent need for AEC researchers to explore IT development and dissemination strategies that are based on technology pull theories that allow AEC practitioners to influence the development of the IT solution before, during, and after its dissemination. One such technology pull development and dissemination strategy is Open Source. The paper shows how the Open Source model is theoretically in the position to overcome some of the inherent problems of the AEC industry with adopting and using new Construction IT solutions. The paper further analyzes a number of existing Open Source project management software projects to assess the potential to support AEC practitioners. The paper concludes with a strategy to establish an Open Source AEC community.

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