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Paper w78-2009-1-26:
Specifications for a Social and Technical Environment for Improving Design Process Communication

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R.R. Senescu & J.R. Haymaker

Specifications for a Social and Technical Environment for Improving Design Process Communication

Abstract: The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry can generate tremendous value by improving design processes. Observed case studies and design literature suggest that processes can improve through collaboration, sharing and understanding (defined here as Design Process Communication). Industry has not widely adopted process communication techniques, though other research fields provide points of departure for promoting better communication. Organization Science studies how institutions exchange information and knowledge. Human Computer Interaction, informed by Cognitive Science, explains how computers can aid and supplement humanís ability to find and manage information. Process Modeling research shows how to best represent design processes. The paper links this research to develop a specification for a social and technological environment - a Design Process Communication Methodology. The environment is computable, distributed, embedded, modular, personalized, scalable, shared, social, transparent, and usable. The Methodology lays the foundation for improving building design process efficiency and effectiveness from concept to construction documentation.

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